The fetus can now respond to sounds outside the
stomach, and the body begins to become more
The fetus in week 23
The fetus is now 21 weeks old. It is about 28
centimeters long and weighs just over half a kilo.
The fetal body is narrow and the skin is wrinkled. It
also has not got subcutaneous fat yet, so the cartilage
skeleton, organs and blood vessels are visible under the
Hearing has also developed significantly. The fetus
can therefore differentiate between different sounds on
the outside of the uterus and inside your body, and
react in different ways to them. It can actually jump to
loud noises from the outside. Many prospective parents
find it cozy to sing for the little one - start
practicing the children's songs now!
Being pregnant in week 23
For most pregnant women, this is a good period of
pregnancy. The stomach has not yet become too big and
heavy, and the nausea and fatigue from earlier in
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Your stomach still begins to stretch out more, and
you can experience plant pains and few bursts. It's more
than worth it! Just think about the gift you will soon
receive at the breast. Carry your bursts with pride -
they are the proof that the body has borne a child!
Some are also starting to get contractions now. The
contractions come from the uterus contracting, and it is
a kind of test for the painters that comes when it is
time for childbirth. The contractions should not be
painful. If you experience them as such, you should
contact a doctor or midwife.
Sometimes you may also feel choppy along the side of
the abdomen. It is the uterus and its attachments that
are stretched, so called ligament pain. Fortunately, the
pain quickly and is completely harmless.
Good tips for week 23
Support socks are a good tip if you have swollen
If you have leg cramps, you can take calcium and
potassium supplements. Milk provides calcium, and
grapefruit, oranges and bananas contain a lot of
potassium. You can also stretch and stretch your muscles
when you feel cramps.
Fetal diagnostics place greater demands on health care
A blood test is enough - then you can know if the baby in the stomach has any
chromosome abnormality or other disease. As the fetal diagnosis is refined, the
questions from the prospective parents increase. This places higher demands on
health care, says Peter Lindgren, chief physician at the women's clinic at
Karolinska University Hospital.
"We have to make women think one step further, so that they have thought
through what the test result means even before the blood test or the
ultrasound," he says.
By law, health care must provide information on fetal diagnosis to all
expectant mothers. But doctors need not only be better at telling about the
choices with fetal diagnostics - but also about the consequences of the choices
- but that the information is colored by the personal views of the doctor or
midwife, believes Peter Lindgren.
- We can take Down syndrome as an example. Today, almost all
women choose to abort their pregnancy if they find out that the child has the
disease, although many do not actually know enough about what it means to have a
child with Down syndrome. From the health care side, we must not assume that the
woman will want to abort the pregnancy. We also need to talk about the disease
and what it can mean to a child. Parents can also get tips and advice on
associations that they can contact to ask their questions.
In Stockholm County Council, a kind of web survey is currently being
developed where prospective mothers can fill in age and other information and
then receive personalized information to be able to make an informed decision
regarding fetal diagnosis. In addition, the Department of Clinical Genetics and
the Center for Fetal Medicine have begun to provide additional courses in
genetic counseling so that midwives and doctors can feel safe in their encounter
with troubled parents.
- The courses have proven to be popular, which shows how difficult this
subject is. The advantage of today's fetal diagnosis is that, thanks to
ultrasound and other test methods, we can find serious diseases, not only to be
able to abort the pregnancy, but also to prevent much and improve for the baby
already during pregnancy. The disadvantage is that you may also find things that
you do not really want to know. There, healthcare plays an important role in
preventing future parents from making a decision that they then regret, says