GROWTH OF THE BABY:The baby is over 11 inches in size and about a pound heavy by 23rd week of pregnancy. The baby will continue to develop layers of fat. There is still time to become more human like. If the baby is active enough by now, you will be able to see the baby somersaulting its way in your belly. The sense of movement is well developed by now. Your little one can feel when the mumma is grooving or resting. The eyes have developed completely. The lungs are prepping themselves for the new world, thus rapidly developing. The baby is still diaphanous and waiting for the layers to develop.
CHANGES IN MOTHER’S BODY:Now that you are taking out time to rest and prep yourself for the new life, it causes sluggish blood circulation. Poor blood circulation, coupled with all the hormonal changes may result in water retention in your body. Your ankles and feet tend to swell causing a condition called oedema .To minimize the swelling, avoid standing or sitting in one place for a longer time. Indulge into some light forms of exercise like stretching or yoga under supervision of a fitness specialist. If the condition is excessive, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Another important thing to watch out is to make sure that you are not leaking amniotic fluid. A ruptured membrane may cause leakage. Contact your health care provider if case of any mishap.
DIET & FITNESS REGIME: Nutrient in focus: Vitamin A
Vitamin A is vital for your diet and baby’s healthy growth. It is essential for cell growth, healthy skin and red blood cell production. It exists in two forms: retinol and beta carotene.
Sources of retinol:
Sources of beta carotene:
Cholesterol too is vital in pregnancy, to keep your placenta healthy. Though not proven, some medical investigations have revealed that low levels of cholesterol may lead to premature labor.
INVESTIGATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS: Dietician
PURPLE HEALTH RECOMMENDS:It is time to scan the maternity leave benefits provided by your work place. A newborn needs to be breastfed and tended to. Thus maternity leaves are vital for the mother and baby. Paternity leaves need to be checked on too. Not only the mother, but also the father should be present around the baby too. It helps in developing a deeper connection when both are around to change nappies or put the baby to sleep. Start planning your baby’s nursery and keep an open eye for the latest products available on shelves, which have made the life of new parents quite a cakewalk.