23 weeks pregnant – Babies come with suitcases

23 weeks pregnant - babies come with suitcases
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So something crazy happened.

My sister exchanged contracts with her boyfriend to buy a flat earlier this year, but they abruptly split up. If they don’t complete by mid-September they will be in breach of contract and her ex is not responding to any of her emails/calls/texts to complete, so she turned to hubby and asked whether he wanted to take on the mortgage himself. Hubby approached me with the news and I was shocked. We had been trying to find a place of our own for ages, and suddenly the offer had fallen into our laps. It’s a shame we’ve been presented with an opportunity on such bad terms, but I didn’t want my sister to suffer from a breach of contract because her ex was being childish and not willing to complete the deal, so I told hubby to accept and that my sister should get a percentage share in the property, so she doesn’t walk away with nothing. She agreed and both of them decided that her name and my hubby’s name would be on the mortgage. In a month, if things go well and everything goes to order we could have our own flat, which would be perfect for our little Boxer to grow up for the first few years.

The flat was also a five minutes drive away from my parents and was situated in a nice part of town, even though it wasn’t as big as the flat we were in now. But at least we wouldn’t be living in rented accommodation anymore if everything went well with completion. What luck!!

In North Cyprus, there is a Turkish saying, “Children come with suitcases”, which means that when you’re pregnant, the baby brings lots of things with him/her like money or even a house!  As amazing as all this was, the developers and the seller’s solicitors would still need to be ok the change and then I would need to start thinking about changing my GP, where I was going to give birth and our antenatal classes. But fingers crossed this all works. I’m looking forward to having my own home.

A fun fact – the baby weighs about as much as a large mango.

The Science Part

Your baby at 23 weeks

  • There is no mistaking that your baby is either a boy or a girl now!
  • Your baby has started to suck their thumb!
  • Your baby’s hearing has been developed and can hear you and your partner talk, read and sing to them – it’s the perfect way to bond with your baby before birth
  • Your baby can be startled by sudden noises like your sneezing.
  • Your baby is still somersaulting in your belly

Your signs and symptoms

  • You may be feeling your dancing baby now
  • Crank the music up and let baby dance with you to the music!
  • Depending on how your baby is lying, you may even be able to see your belly move!
  • You may notice your ankles and feet swelling up a little during the day, especially in the summer
  • If you’re feeling a strain on your back, keep an eye on your posture and stretch your legs as much as you can.
  • Try to put your feet up when you are resting
  • Have you seen your linea nigra yet?

Your next steps

  • Keep an eye on your blood pressure
  • Stay active and keep drinking lots of fluids to watch your weight gain
  • A hot bath may seem really relaxing right now, but the heat can trigger contractions and overheat the baby – so be careful!
  • Keep your partner involved in your pregnancy journey so they can provide emotional and physical support
  • Try and get in as much quality time together as possible
  • Start thinking about your birth plan, as well as your pre-birth plan, which involves babymooning and planning out the nursery.
  • Think about who your birth partner will be at the birth

Note:  These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your doctor or midwife.

Leyla Preston (595 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 7. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/