23 Weeks Pregnant
At 23 weeks, your baby looks much like a newborn – just a little bit skinnier! Your baby’s digestive system is functioning and can absorb nutrients. The lungs are still developing, although they are still immature. You might also be able to spot when your baby is awake and asleep by now. And your baby has now developed their own unique set of fingerprints.
It may seem a good way off at this point, but now might be a good time to start thinking about your feeding options. Research shows that breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for babies and it has lots of health benefits for moms too. Breastfeeding might seem scary to some, so the best thing to do is eucate yourself.
Also, why not get in touch with Lisa Wilkinson, our breastfeeding expert? She can answer any queries or concerns you may have.
Food for thought
As your pregnancy advances you usually tend to feel hungrier but you don’t have to eat for two. As with many things in life, it is quality not quantity that counts so you may have to change the proportions of various foods that you eat rather than the quantity to increase the intake of specific nutrients.
You’re so vein!
If you suffer from varicose veins during pregnancy, a few things can really help. First, don’t sit with your legs crossed. Rest, with your legs raised, as often as you can (if you sit at a desk at work, prop your feet up on a desk drawer or box). Support tights will also offer some relief. If you have varicose veins in your perineal area, talk to your midwife or doctor as he/she they will want to keep a close eye on them.
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