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Guide to Being 23 Weeks Pregnant


What You Might Be Feeling
If you're having trouble sleeping, tuck a pillow between your legs (or slightly under your stomach) to see if it makes you more comfortable.
If you're having trouble sleeping, tuck a pillow between your legs (or slightly under your stomach) to see if it makes you more comfortable.
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Stuffy-headed -- Even if you've never snored in your life up until now, you may find yourself waking with swollen nasal passages and a dry throat. During your waking hours, you feel as though you need to blow your nose, only to find that the stuffiness is there to stay. The inside of your nose is swelling just like every other part of your body, and while there's not too much you can do about it, running a humidifier at night can help a little, as can drinking plenty of water.

Crampy -- But now it's likely to be in your legs and feet, not your uterus. If sudden "Charlie horse" pains are keeping you awake at night, be sure to take your prenatal vitamins and get plenty of potassium and calcium in your diet. It may also help to -- you guessed it -- drink plenty of water. That stuff is good for everything!

Sleepless -- You have to pee every 45 minutes, you wish you could sleep on your back (or your front!) but you can't, and your mind is spinning with all the things you feel like you need to do in the next three months. Try taking a few deep breaths, or maybe unwinding with a warm bath or a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime. (You might want to check with your doctor first to make sure he or she gives the green light to any teas or other herbal remedies.) Sleep with a pillow between your legs (and tucked slightly under your stomach) if it makes you more comfortable. If the oversized body pillow you bought in week four now makes you feel like you're crowding into bed with an extra person, any ordinary pillow should do the trick.

Your discomfort on the outside will come as no surprise when you consider all the changes going on inside your body…


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