What's happening in week 23 of your pregnancy?
You can hear your baby's heartbeat. When you hold a stethoscope to your belly, you'll be able to hear your little one inside you.
Your baby is trying out his motor skills. He's touching his toes and even grabbing his umbilical cord. Eating food rich in the omega-3 fat, DHA, will fuel your baby's brain growth, which, in turn, boosts his motor learning.
Your little one is about the size of a papaya. He measures eight inches (20 centimeters) long and weighs over a pound (more than 453 grams).
How is your baby's brain developing?
Your baby's nervous system has developed to a point where it is starting to control some of his bodily functions.
He will develop billions of brain cells in the next few weeks and you can help him along by consuming more DHA-rich food.
What pregnancy symptom might you experience this week?
You may notice a greasy complexion to your skin as hormonal changes during pregnancy may cause your sebaceous glands to secrete more oil. Take care of your skin and enjoy your pregnancy more using these tips:
Switch to a milder and oil-free cleanser.Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and the extra oil may lead to an acne breakout.
See the doctor for acne treatment. Not all acne treatments are suitable for pregnancy.
Mom's tip of the week
Drinking lots of water is also good for your skin. Drink at least 10 glasses of water daily to keep your skin supple. Staying hydrated can also deter other pregnancy symptoms such as constipation and urinary tract infections.