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You are now 23 weeks pregnant (or in your 24th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

Your baby probably measures about 29cm from crown to heel. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing in preparation for breathing and she’s swallowing regularly. Read more information on your baby’s development this week.

How your life’s changing

You may notice some bleeding when you brush your teeth — a common pregnancy complaint (along with nosebleeds). Pregnancy hormones can make your gums swell and become inflamed, which leads to frequent bleeding, especially when you clean your teeth. What to do? Brush and floss regularly but gently and follow our other self-help suggestions. Although you may want to avoid irritating your gums, it’s crucial to practice good dental hygiene during pregnancy to avoid gum disease.

See if your partner can spare the time to join you for your next prenatal appointments. Not only will he be able to hear first-hand how things are going, he can get his own questions answered too. If you don’t have a partner or your partner will be away when you give birth, you could look into having a doula attend your birth, as well as a midwife or your doctor. Doulas are experienced at supporting women during labour and delivery and may give you that extra bit of confidence you need at the time.

Pregnancy Tip: Exercise Puts You to Sleep

“When I started having trouble sleeping during my pregnancy, I asked my friends for their ideas. One suggested I take a half hour walk during the day. It really helped me sleep better and it felt great to have a bit of time to myself.” — Kerry

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