At 23 weeks, baby’s really getting ready for her big debut, listening in on what’s going on in the outside world. And you’re getting ready too. Just remember: While having the nursery painted and stocking it with diapers is important, there are some other pressing things you should have on your radar. Namely, financials. Around week 23 is a good time to call your and your partner’s insurance agent to check how you’re currently covered and decide what adjustments you’ll want to make for baby. You might also want to start thinking about writing a will, if you don’t have one, or updating your current one. How’s baby’s savings account going? If you’re like, “what savings account?” that’s okay. But decide whether or not you want to start one for her. One study found that kids who have their own savings account are more likely to go to college.
your baby’s the size of a grapefruit!
At about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces, baby’s not just getting bigger, she’s getting even cuter.
your baby at 23 weeks
- She’s forming little nipples (yeah, really!)
- Her face is fully formed now — she just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.
- She’s listening to your voice and your heartbeat — and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.
pregnancy symptoms at 23 weeks
- Swollen ankles and feet (it’s totally normal, but call your doc if it’s extreme or sudden!)
- Braxton Hicks contractions. Be sure to drink plenty of water and change positions frequently to stay comfortable.
- Aching back — sorry, but this will likely linger for a while.
- Bleeding and/or swollen gums, common because of (you guessed it) pregnancy hormones.
- Schedule your glucose screen test, if you haven’t already.
- Check your and your partner’s life and disability insurance and update your coverage if needed.
- Write or update your will, if you want.
- Make sure you’re budgeting for baby.