Pregnancy Week 23 – Pregnancy Belly vs. Beer Belly Doubt

Is she or isn’t she? Pregnant I mean – as opposed to being a massive beer drinker (and what’s wrong with that – assuming you’re not with child – you save water as they say on those famous t-shirts). I think in this dress, at this angle it looks like a pregnant belly, doesn’t it?

Week 23 pregnancy belly

Week 23 pregnancy belly

It’s week 23 (sixth month) and only 3 people asked me if I was pregnant, which made me think of all the pros and cons of a big pregnant belly, here’s what I came up with:

Pros of having a visible pregnant belly:

  • Other ladies are sympathetic and let you skip the line to the bathroom, or any other facility…
  • You get all those “aaawww – pregnant, how beautiful” looks.
  • Nobody yells at a pregnant lady, whatever you do, ever, so you can break all minor laws.

Cons of having a visible pregnant belly:

  • You can no longer sleep on it!
  • You’re out of balance and bump into things all the time.
  • People think you’re crazy when you go to the disco (see I can rock the dance floor to the song “I’m sexy and I know it” and nobody will give me any judgmental looks – I’m sure the baby will be dancing before it starts walking though!)
  • Airlines might not want to admit you onboard! (Makes sure you know the rules for flying pregnant).

I guess I made my point showing more disadvantages than advantages of having a big pregnant belly but having said that, I am so excited about my bump being visible and I just love love love it! Let it grow! 🙂

What is happening this week?

  • Baby’s crown to rump length is 20 cm or 7.9 inches. Baby weighs about 425-500 grams or 15 ounces-1.1 pounds.
  • Baby is starting to make antibodies.
  • Dad may be able to see or feel baby’s movements.
  • Baby’s heartbeat is getting stronger.
  • The inner ear organs have matured enough to send nerve signals to the brain. Soon, the baby will start responding to many more sounds.
  • The umbilical cord may be held in baby’s hands as it floats in the amniotic cavity.
  • As your abdominal organs become ever more compressed, you might suffer from frequent digestive disturbances like heartburn or trapped gas.
  • Some moms may have difficulty wearing contacts during pregnancy. This usually resolves 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Mom may feel a bit up and down emotionally but that’s normal.


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Categories: Pregnancy Belly, Pregnancy Week by Week

Author:Alinka Rutkowska

Alinka is a best-selling and award-winning Children's Author.


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