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PREGNANCY WEEK 23

Is there a kick boxer in there?

You should be well and truly feeling those kicks now as your little one practices his martial arts.  Still lots of room to kick around in so those feelings should be much more pronounced as his arms and legs 
get stronger and stronger.

Be careful what you say as baby is listening to every word!  He will get used to daily sounds and will recognise your favourite music and the sound of yours and your partners voice.

As you head towards the end of the second trimester you may start to experience some practice contractions also known as "Braxton Hicks".  These tightenings can be a little alarming at first as your stomach can go rock hard.  However, they shouldn't be too painful and should come and go at irregular intervals.

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LOOK AFTER THAT SMILE

As your blood volume continues to increase you may suffer with sore or bleeding gums.  Consider changing to a softer bristled brush and go lightly on the flossing. Remember you are entitled to free dental care so now is the time to get a check-up.

Stay mobile and do regular stretches to ease your aching back.  Your centre of gravity is starting to shift so you will likely have a niggling back ache for the remainder of your pregnancy.  You may want to consider joining a pregnancy yoga group which is a great way to practice your breathing for labour and stretch out those muscles.