If you can bend over and not feel breathless or lightheaded, there is no reason to believe your baby’s health is being compromised. As your baby grows, it may become harder to bend over. Use common sense: If moving in a certain way causes discomfort, pain, lightheadedness or breathlessness, avoid it.
Bending over may be physically possible at 23 weeks. However, as your baby grows it may become more difficult. Furthermore, bending from the waist can strain your back. It is wise to learn to bend with your knees rather than bend from your waist. This will protect your back and strengthen your legs, and will allow you continue to do many activities as your baby grows.
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.