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You are 23 weeks pregnant.

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This week your baby's length, from crown-to-rump, is approximately 8 inches! Your growing baby has finally reached one pound. Your baby is about the size of a small baby doll and looks very human. The baby's face and body look similar to that of a newborn at this time. Your uterus can be found about 1.5 inches above your navel. Your total weight gain should be approximately 15 pounds at this time.

You might notice some Braxton-Hicks contractions around this time. These contractions are not regular and they should not be painful. Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare your body for the upcoming labor and they will get stronger as your pregnancy progresses. You might be able to feel the contractions if you put your hand on your abdomen and your baby can probably feel the uterus gripping and massaging her. It will not harm your baby, so there is no need for concern.

Fat is still being deposited at a rapid rate, but your baby still looks red and wrinkled. Skin is being produced at a higher rate than the fat is, so the skin hangs loosely. Your baby looks red because the skin is losing its transparency and pigment is beginning to form. You should be feeling your baby moving quite a bit throughout the day as she will kick and punch the uterus walls. Babies also run their hands along the umbilical cord and touch their body parts while they are in the womb. Your baby now can suck her thumb for real, where she was just sticking it in her mouth. Your baby will continue to swallow amniotic fluid and recycle it as urine. The liquids and sugars that the baby retracts from the fluid is a supplement to the nutrients that the placenta delivers. You might be able to feel small `jumps` inside of you when your baby gets the hiccups from swallowing fluid. The pancreas is developing and it will responsible for insulin production, to help break down sugars.

Oily fish in your diet could help boost your baby's health. (Women who eat oily fish while pregnant have children with better visual development, a major study at Bristol University suggests.)

As the baby continues to grow, it has less space to move around in the uterus. Bones, muscles and organs are growing steadily.

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sparks717 - 18 days ago
So I'm in week 23. It's like a ghost town in here so I don't feel bad complaining a bit to the dust bunnies. I am feeling very tired. I have 7 full time kiddos in my in home daycare ranging from 1 year to 4 years and I am so exhausted by the end of the day. :). It makes me a bit nervous about the next 17 or so weeks. I will definitely have to eat my Wheaties.

daffymtz22 - 39 days ago
Hello week 23! I hope everyone is doing well.

monkeymomma - 60 days ago
I've just been doing too much! I made my husband pick up the slack and that has helped. Also more water. I want flavor instead of boring water! So I've started added those little packets to my water to help. Thanks!

Kekea - 60 days ago
Monkeymomma I started having bh contractions early in this prevnancy. I'm 28 weeks now and they are pretty frequent. Remember to stay hydrated. What did you doc say?

monkeymomma - 64 days ago
Braxton hicks...often. Like every evening! Should I be concerned? I have a regular appt today so I'll obviously ask about it...just wondering if any of you are dealing with them too (if you even get on to read this!)

monkeymomma - 66 days ago
Another week down!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 77 days ago
I Was so excited to see my OB and is team yesterday!! WHen I walked in they all laughed and smiled told me Id been the talk around the office...'Paula's coming back'...for # 8 :) Everything went well, strong heart beat, measuring big....but being #8 that's no surprise. He did tell me I am considered a high risk delivery...but not pregnancy. BEing number 8, I am at risk for a rapid birth which can cause traumatic bleeding during/ last lil guy was induced at 38 weeks and was 9.3 he told me that we will do something similar with Leyla...this way he will be there for delivery:) That makes me feel so relieved!! So looks like we will be meeting our little princess end of September or very beginning of October :) Can't wait!!!

TaraR - 81 days ago
Good morning everyone! I'm still in the same boat....exhausted!!! I overdid it this weekend...still getting moved in and unpacked. I experienced sharp pains in my lower abdomen Friday into Saturday. I spent a lot of time yesterday relaxing and not doing too much. No pains whatsoever today.

PaulaSoon2B8 - 81 days ago
23 weeks and counting until we are Paula and Grant Plus 8 :) I am so excited!! Exhausted but excited :) My only ailment right now is lack of sleep...if I wake through the night...and I usually do...I cannot get back to sleep for the life of me. But it could always be worse. 17 weeks or less to go :) Hoping it goes really fast!!

mzdallas06 - 81 days ago
Talk abt not being able to sleep.... I'm miserable, sheesh! I wish someone cld give me a nice I.V and let me sleep until im abt 30 weeks pregnant! J/k.... Kinda!

1morefor4 - 83 days ago
And sleep is so uncomfortable for me. I've tried switching up pillows and different positions but because baby girl is low and transverse most of the time (especially at night) I can't seem to get good sleep.

1morefor4 - 83 days ago
No weird cravings for me. Just fruit, veggies, steamed crabs, and water. Every once in a while I have a random craving for something specific like I really want a pork chop cooked with sautéed onions and covered in A1 steak sauce served with a baked potato and steamed broccoli.

TaraR - 84 days ago
I've been the same way! It takes me a little while to get comfy. My right side is the best for me right now....I'm a stomach sleeper but my belly is in the way and that's not too possible right now!

treadingwater - 84 days ago
I am tossing and turning! I need something to help me get comfortable in bed. Lol

TaraR - 84 days ago
I want allllll types of meat...mostly steak!! Potato wedges....tons of veggies and fruits! Oh and milk!!! Like gallons of it!!!!!!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 84 days ago
Not really weird cravings...Its always something different for me though...watermelon one day steak the next...opposite ends of the scale lol...what about you??

TaraR - 84 days ago
I'm so very tired as well!! I just can't get caught up! I just feel I'm soooo busy this pregnancy! It's just crazy! So is anyone having any weird cravings?

1morefor4 - 84 days ago
New blog up for my most recent midwife appointment.

PaulaSoon2B8 - 84 days ago
TIRED!!! lol....I do not sleep very well at night at all lately :( I want to try and stick out working right until delivery...but now I am contemplating taking leave as of October 1...just to catch up on rest before baby comes...if it hasn't subsided yet...I don't think it will over the next 3 months :( But other then lack of sleep I feel splendid...still the odd random bout of throwing up at night time...but not half as bad as it was. Little Leyla is crazy active...with the placing of my placenta Its hard to detect sometimes...but when she does get going its a whirlwind :)

TaraR - 84 days ago
Thanks!! I'm so in love with the name! Whew!!! Bed rest would be so hard!! And I agree it's so hard letting people help and it not be done your way! It can be pretty frustrating! Hopefully this time will not drag on for you!! So how is everyone feeling?

mzdallas06 - 84 days ago
Paula I'm so happy for you, June 18th is right around the corner! Tara Oliver is a beautiful name! So I'm supposed to be in strict bed rest until 37 weeks which is when I will have the cerclage removed. But, who can be in bed rest with a 2, 3 & 12 year old?! I've been trying to rest but I just feel like by the time I explain to someone else how to do ALL of the things I do as a mom- i could have done it myself!!! And that's what aggravates me- people say they want to help- but they want to do things THEIR way. That really bugs me and that's why I refuse to accept help ( speaking of my parents & in laws ) On a lighter note, I made some fresh chicken & shrimp fettuccine Alfredo and baked fresh baguette bread today ( well I supervised while my husband & 12 year old followed my orders, lol ) they couldn't believe that I actually shredded blocks of Parmesan, peeled garlic & stirred cream for almost an hour in order to make that meal for them whenever they wanted it. It was nice to have someone cook for ME for a change! Plus I had them make carrot cake from scratch. My recipe book got a work out today! LOL! Edit Delete

PaulaSoon2B8 - 86 days ago
Glad to hear all is looking good!! You look so lonely in here...u may have to come 1 week to 22 :) A little more action:)

1morefor4 - 87 days ago
Hey ladies... I had an ultrasound yesterday morning and things are looking good with my little girl. I updated a blog post if anyone is interested in details.

kekea - 96 days ago
23 weeks yes!!! Other than my mood swings being on fleek everything is going great. Hope you ladies are progressing well in your pregnancies.

beckym - 110 days ago
24 marks 6 months pregnant!

beckym - 110 days ago
I set up my labor and birth classes, the first one is June 11th

beckym - 110 days ago
16 weeks to go!

beckym - 110 days ago
One more day til week 24!

beckym - 111 days ago
I love the beach, but sometimes feel self concise with my mom body, but I don't feel self concise with my prego mom body, it feels natural, the media hasn't chopped our psyche to shreds on how pregnant woman should look, it is still a beautiful thing, I was even tearing my younger skinny self apart when I look back and can't believe how ridiculous I was for not appreciating my appearance more. Funny thing is in reality, most of the cover models don't even look like that in real life, they look like you and me, but with pounds of makeup and computer editing, they look etherial.

jamie86 - 113 days ago
I had my appt today. Baby boy is doing good. Hiding in my pelvis so took a minute to find him. I go in 3 weeks for the glucose test. Becky we were hoping for a vacation too but it's not likely to happen this year. Maybe next year. Our kids love the ocean so we hope to go back soon. I would move anywhere close to the ocean if it were possible now.

beckym - 113 days ago
Agreed, time is dragging, I have been trying to stay busy to keep the time rolling. Looking forward to New York, nervous about it too! And there is a summerfest activity for the kids this weekend we are going to, but soccer is happening at the same time, not sure how I will juggle that. We are planning a beach trip, but I am not sure if we want to do ocean city nj or md, considering the Baltimore conflicts, not sure if I want to plan a mini vacation around turmoil...

jamie86 - 114 days ago
23 weeks and time feels like it's dragging by.

beckym - 116 days ago
23 weeks, here we are.

beckym - 118 days ago
I will be here in a few days, but it looks deserted, is anyone out there?

charcharsuperstar - 146 days ago
Hi moms! 23 weeks today. I have placenta Previa and am on bed rest. Not much fun.

flybear - 159 days ago
The weeks seem to be passing a lot faster now. Unfortunately, it's the uncomfortable morning sickness and waiting to fjnd out gender part of the pregnancy that just drags by. Lol

jesswithtwins - 164 days ago
In my 23rd week almost 24 still can't believe only like 4 months now time seems to fly by these days I couldn't wait to get here and now I'm thinking I'm so not ready for 2 babies I think I want it to slow down now ;-) just hoping everything goes well and falls into place Lord knows I'm feeling overwhelmed these days for sure way more then earlier in pregnancy or with any other pregnancy reality is truly setting in that I have 2 babies in there and they are coming soon ;-)

liltyke7 - 165 days ago
Baby doc apt today. I wonder if he will move up my DD. At my 20 week u/s baby boy was measuring at 10days ahead. - 169 days ago
Had my doc appt today...all is well. My doc said he will schedule my c-section at my next appt...can't wait, I get to pick my baby's birthday! - 170 days ago
23 weeks today. All the way up until last week this pregnancy seemed to be going by really fast. Now it seems to be going by slow...maybe because I'm starting to get really anxious now and my social media timeline is being flooded with newborn pictures. On another note, my morning sickness is gone and I'm back to feeling good. Looking forward to warmer weather so I can start wearing cute and comfy dresses cause these winter clothes aren't going to last too much longer...they are too small

loralb - 186 days ago
Hooray to week 23! Now I know I'm over half way there. How is everyone doing?

Jaysonsmommy09 - 234 days ago
Went to the doctor yesterday. We're havein a girl. I have a 5 yr old boy so we're super excited to have her. As we were leaving the doctor told the nurse he wanted another ultrasound cause my amniotic fluid is low. Should I be concerned?

Pinkbowstinytoes - 234 days ago
Super mom 87- just because you have placenta now doesn't mean you will by delivery. It can be dangerous during delivery so they will opt for c-section however they will also order ultrasounds later in pregnancy to see if its gone- once its gone it wont go back to being placenta previa

sher-baby - 262 days ago
Oh boy!!! That's pretty sad! Lol hopefully we can pick it up for a while and clean up those tumbleweeds! Any whoo...I'm moving over to 24weeks feel free to join the party...or lack there of :-/ lol

sher-baby - 262 days ago
Hopefully we can carry some convos over into the following weeks...anyone else in 24 or 25 weeks??

floydianslip2 - 262 days ago
Right?! It has been quiet all week. I'm supposed to move to 25 weeks tomorrow, but I'm sure it will be dead in there too. Oh well!

sher-baby - 262 days ago
24 weeks tomorrow but there's zero convos going on over there...

babylove5 - 262 days ago
Supermom that's a good thing they Hv you on bed rest. Try to find something to read since you will go nuts not being able to do anything. The main thing is to get the lungs developed. If you can make it another 12 weeks your baby will probably be able to go home with you. At 35 weeks they are normally developed. Girls also are the stronger sex at birth.

floydianslip2 - 263 days ago
They diagnosed my previa at my 20 week scan, and since then my placenta is already on the move and is only a partial at this point. Definitely nothing to worry about, and doctors will let you know if there is an increased risk with it or not, which is pretty rare now. It will be okay, like Sher said you just have to keep your cool! :)

babylove5 - 263 days ago
My friend had placenta previa and hers ended up moving up in the 3rd tri. That's why I don't like to google things you Hv a cold and look up your symptoms then you start imaging that it's Ebola. I looked up low lying uterus and it said you could end up having a collapsed uterus. I decided that's bs, I just need to not carry around my 25 pound toddler.

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