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Your baby is now as big as a grapefruit!

As you head towards the end of your second trimester, you can tell when the baby is sleeping and when he is awake. When the baby is sleeping there will be no movement, but when he is awake, it will feel like there's karate happening in your belly.

Pregnancy calendar - 23 weeks

Your baby is now the size of a...

Grapefruit or 11.4 inches on average.

Your baby's internal organs are becoming well developed and he is starting to produce hormones. Baby’s organs and bones are still visible through his skin, and he is at the moment covered in fine hair called lanugo, and his skin is all wrinkled, but baby will soon develop a layer of fat, which will fill these out, and the end of this month, baby will be double the weight he is right now!

Pregnancy symptoms at 23 weeks

Swollen ankles and feet, backaches and Braxton Hicks contractions.

Tips and advice for pregnancy at 23 weeks

As an expectant mother, you should do your best to remain cheerful and happy. It’s important to remember that stress can affect your baby. Seek support from a support group, family member, or friends in this time of need.

3 Helpful Tips For An Easier Labour

Healthy habits for your third trimester.

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15 June 2017

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3 Helpful Tips For An Easier Labour

It is commonly said that the pain of giving birth to a child is comparable to fracturing 20 bones all at the same time... But don't let that freak you out completely! After all, child birth is a perfectly natural thing that women across the world have been experiencing throughout history.

So, to settle your calms and help you prepare for the big day... Here are three things you can do in your third trimester to lessen the pain of labour.

1. Sleep more

According to a study conducted by American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who slept for more than 7 hours were in labour for 11 hours lesser than pregnant women who slept for 6 hours or less.

Take that afternoon nap!

3 Helpful Tips For An Easier Labour

2. Strengthen your legs

Squatting is the most important exercise for childbirth. It is recommended to do three sets of 15 squats daily in your ninth month to reduce being in labour by an hour.

3 Helpful Tips For An Easier Labour

3. Eat dates

Dates seem to have a compound that mimics the hormone oxytocin which causes contractions. According to a study by Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology pregnant women who ate dates in their ninth month were less likely to need medication to induce labour than non-date eaters. It is recommended to consume six dates daily.

3 Helpful Tips For An Easier Labour