My Body – Pregnancy Week 23

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Pregnancy Week 23

How are you feeling? Your body has been going through a lot of changes recently! Many women find that, by week 23, their hair is thicker, their fingernails are growing faster, and their skin might have that pregnant “glow,” which is great! However, there may be some changes that you aren't so happy with, like increased body hair, stretch marks, or larger feet.

Body hair – Hormones are the culprit again! Specifically, androgens are to blame for the little hairs that may be showing up on your belly, chin, arms, and back. Safe solutions – tweezing, waxing, or threading are all good options. Bleaching, however, is not a safe option.

Stretch Marks – Stretch marks are actually tiny tears in the supportive tissue located just beneath your skin. They may be dark during pregnancy, but the good news is that they should fade over time. Some women use oils, creams, and lotions during pregnancy to prevent stretch marks; it can't hurt, but there are no medically proven lotions currently on the market. Stretch marks tend to be genetic and not every woman will get them during pregnancy, but if your mothers, sisters, or aunts had them, chances are you will too.

Larger feet – Your feet may have already increased half a shoe size, and may continue to grow. Swelling accounts for some of this growth, but lax ligaments also cause your feet to spread. Try not to squish into shoes that are too tight… purchase some new ones, preferably something you can just slip-on. Also, try elevating your feet three to four times a day, as gravity plays a big role in swelling. Last, and probably best, ask your partner for a foot massage or schedule a professional massage. It will increase circulation and help disperse edema.

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My Body – Pregnancy Week 23

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16 comments

  1. susan says:

    disliking my Cankles!~

  2. ~Amanda~ says:

    I’m starting to crave sweets now (and I’ve done so well thus far)! No stretch marks yet but I’ve been using cocoa butter and bio-oil religiously!

  3. only issue i have is i crave pickles. lol other than that no stretch marks (yet!) and no swelling so far, yay

  4. dulce says:

    Defiantly getting foot massage

  5. christa says:

    palmers cocoa butter massage cream for stretch marks works great

  6. kimberly says:

    Im 23 weeks and 4 days…satirday (fathers day eve) my fiance felt the baby move for the first time…it was so exciting and kind of funny…he was a lil spooked…this is his first and all very new to him!!!!

  7. So far so good =) 23 weeks and no stretch marks yet!

  8. Sandra says:

    I’ve been using Great Mother’s Belly Butter for Childbearing Women and its been great, its all natural. I’m pregnant with my 2nd baby and no stretch marks at all!!! You can find this butter through amazon.com

  9. debbie says:

    only issue is the stretch marks which nothing seems to help but ill take those over swelling feet any day 🙂

  10. Irene says:

    I use Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter & no marks yet! 🙂

  11. Randacole says:

    Ive been using Bio-oil since I got stretch marks from my first child. The previous ones seem to be almost gone, and no new ones so far….fingers crossed!

  12. jlovitt66 says:

    no stretch marks and my feet are normal size 🙂

  13. McKenzie says:

    Great things to know!

  14. SammysMOMMY says:

    I still have my original betty button ring in!

  15. Anaoj89 says:

    I wud like a foot massage!

  16. roobearr says:

    So far I havent gained any stretch marks *fingers crossed and knock on wood* I am using vitamin E oil and lotion…she sure is beating me up real good today.

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