23 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

23 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

You’re 23 weeks pregnant and that baby of yours is the size of a bunch of grapes, which, if you ask me, is pretty big! Yep! My baby girl is getting nice and plump and I’m A-Okay with it! Every single day this week is another day closer to the 24 week “age of viability”, which means that doctors will do everything they can do save my baby if something were to happen because odds are in her favor to survive outside the womb! It’s a milestone that I’d rather not think too much about, but definitely gives me a bit of relief, which – let’s be honest – we pregnant mamas could really use!

23 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Every pregnant woman will be screened for diabetes in pregnancy- called gestational diabetes- between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes affects up to 9% of pregnancies. Processing sugar/carbohydrates is unique to every, single pregnancy. There are thin women, overweight women, active and sedentary women that will screen positive for diabetes in pregnancy. It is important to do what you can, like eating a balanced diet and staying active with cardio exercise, to reduce your risk of this diagnosis but don’t blame yourself if you do get informed you do have gestational diabetes. Diabetes in pregnancy is very manageable and, with compliance with diet and exercise, doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds.

23 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Other than surviving another round of a virus attacking our family [can’t a girl catch a break?], I’m feeling pretty good. I feel like this time of year is pretty difficult to make it through without some sort of virus or flu, so I’m not too concerned. My only complaint was that it hit me on Thanksgiving Day – my all-time favorite holiday. B got it first, then me, then F… so we went through the ringer a bit, but are recovered and ready for a new week! As for the pregnancy? That’s the least of my complaints right now! I’m feeling pretty good!

What are you feeling?

Still feeling good…

The second trimester is the REAL DEAL, y’all. I’m all over this thing. Wonder Woman over here!

Sleeping ain’t easy

While I remember this happening in my last pregnancy, I don’t quite remember this starting so soon! I’m up in the middle of the night, wide awake, ready to make to-do lists and start the day! While it makes for a long day and an earlier bedtime, It’s not so bad that it keeps me from getting done all the things I need to do. Also, rolling over isn’t as easy as it once was, so I think my body just goes “whatever.. go ahead an wake up.” It has me wondering if this is nature’s way of preparing the body for midnight feedings and wake up calls with a newborn.

Your 24 Week Appointment – What to Expect

This will be another routine appointment with nothing too much to be excited about except for one, specific test… the glucose screening test. This test is to see how your body tolerates glucose and is the initial screening test done for gestational diabetes. It’s typically done between 23 and 28 weeks, so if you have a 24 week appointment on the calendar like I do, this is probably on schedule as well.

Of all the bloodwork you’ll have done throughout your pregnancy, this test is probably the most-discussed one on the internet because it’s, well… uncomfortable. Here’s why:

Pregnancy Buzz Word – Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. There aren’t many symptoms, but there are some long-term issues associated with it, so it’s always good to know if you have it so you can manage it with diet and exercise and, in some cases, medicine. That’s why doctors make this test a routine screening for all pregnant mommas-to-be!

The Glucose Screening Test – What to Expect

Dr. Pero did a great job of giving a general overview of the screening up above. You can read more information about the test here.

The big question… What happens if you fail it? You take another, more intense, test that requires that you fast for a long time and THEN drink an even more-sugary drink. Then, you hang out in the doctor’s office for four hours and have your blood drawn every hour. This one is not nearly as easy, but is most-definitely just as important.

Fail that one and your doctor will work with you to come up with a diet and exercise regimen that will help your body maintain healthy insulin levels. Yes, there will be finger pricks and stuff, but you’re over halfway through the pregnancy, so it’s not forever.

Here’s the dealio… the initial test is not THAT bad. Sure, chugging the sugary drink makes you feel like crap, but overall, I’m so glad that they have this test and know to check for gestational diabetes in the first place because it’s no laughing matter. I think the hullabaloo around it all causes anxiety – no one wants gestational diabetes and understandably so!

So… don’t go freaking out about this test either. There’s literally nothing you can do to affect the outcome of this test. It doesn’t matter what you eat or drink, if your body can’t handle the insulin levels during pregnancy, it just can’t, and you’ll be better off knowing that little fact than not. A VAST majority of women pass this test the first time they take it, so just relax, follow the directions and go for it.

*ADDED LATER: The above paragraph is easier said than done. I didn’t pass the first round and spent a week crying and freaking out and looking up all the terrible things that could happen and wrote myself mental letters in my head telling myself that I’m the worst mom ever for skipping a few days of my prenatal vitamins and eating so much pumpkin pie. I went back in for the 2nd round of screening [okay, it was actually not easy and makes you feel like CRAP!] and I passed that test just fine. The reality is that there’s nothing I could’ve done differently and neither can you. So, take a deep breath, pat your belly and tell that baby you love them and that they better take care of you when you’re one hundred years old and chug the drink. It’s not that bad!

How to Survive this week:

Enjoy this stage of pregnancy. It’s so nice and doesn’t last forever. There’s so much in motherhood that you can’t control and the gestational diabetes screening test is a great way to learn to drop the need to control every aspect of life, because you can’t. I’ve been a mother for 3 years and I’m still learning this lesson every single day. This is when my faith really steps in. JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!!!!!!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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