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Week 23


Pregnancy week by week


At 23 weeks, your baby is about the size of a grapefruit

What happens when you are 23 weeks pregnant?

Your Baby

Some parts of your baby's body, such as the eyes, are still continuing to develop. The baby can hear noises outside the womb, and it's thought that he or she will be able to recognise these sounds and voices after birth.

Mum and Dad

Even though you've got several months to go before you go into labour, mums may occasionally feel mild practice contractions, called Braxton Hicks contractions. These are usually nothing to worry about but if you have frequent or painful contractions, or they are accompanied by bleeding, you should contact your midwife or GP immediately for advice.

Stay Healthy

There are so many 'dos' and 'don'ts' of pregnancy, it can be quite confusing trying to remember them all and still juggle your normal lifestyle. Try not to get stressed - take time to relax, whether that's having a gentle warm bath or curling up with your favourite magazine for an hour.