Congratulations! You are now 23 weeks pregnant! You are over halfway through your pregnancy, and over halfway through the second trimester. Your baby is big enough now that if (heaven forbid) they were born now, they would have a chance at survival. (1) In fact, you probably know a lot about your baby and their development. However, how much do you know about what you--as the expecting mom--should expect this week?
Heartburn is a common problem during pregnancy. I won't go into all the reasons why, but most women will experience heartburn. For me, although I have had infrequent mild heartburn up to this point, this is the stage in pregnancy when it becomes more annoying. The bad news is that if you're not already experiencing heartburn, you probably will soon, and it's likely to stick around until your baby's born.
The good news is that we don't have to just silently suffer through it. For mild heartburn, you may get some relief from having a glass of milk or a slice of toast. There are also a lot of over-the-counter heartburn remedies that are safe to use during pregnancy. If you have serious heartburn problems or acid reflux, talk to your midwife or doctor.
During the day, I don't have any problems with muscle cramps. However, at night I sometimes wake up with leg cramps. Leg cramps are quite common during pregnancy, probably due to a combination of increased blood volume and pregnancy hormones. (2) I find that it helps to switch positions during the night (switch back and forth between my right and left sides), and to sleep with a small pillow propped between my legs.
Whether you told people you were expecting early on or are only now spreading the good news, it is likely that your pregnancy is suddenly much more public. You probably have a noticeable bump by now, which means that everyone can tell you're expecting. So be prepared to talk about your pregnancy a lot more. This week I saw several friends that I hadn't seen in awhile, and was greeted with hugs and congratulations. This can be a great time to celebrate your pregnancy with friends.