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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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aksnods - 7 days ago
I keep feeling her move so much. I love it

aksnods - 12 days ago
We have settled on a name!!!! She will be Emmy Maylinn

jojo - 12 days ago
Hey girlies.. doing good here. Heartburn seems to be manageable at the moment and I'm so looking forward to the weekend even tho it's gonna be a busy one. Been a gorgeous hot day today, just got back from having pie and chips in the park with the kids :) Happy 23 wks yaay me haha congrats you guys on wk 24 your babies are now viable :-) xx

bonitadiane - 12 days ago
How are we doing ladies??? This week has flown by. I can't believe tomorrow is Friday. I'm looking forward to weekend. Still been very very tired and having a hard time getting out of bed in mornings. Hoping this exhaustion passes a little. I feel so happy to be pregnant and feeling great. I'm thinking it's bc all the amazing movements I've been feeling these days. Feel very blessed. Sun is shinning and it's going to be a hot one.. Wondering what to do with little ones today. Beach?? I have my OB appointment next week. Thinking we'll book the glucose in few weeks. Anyone have this booked already? Hope you all are doing great!!!

matoks - 14 days ago
thanks my ladies,the exam went well......am experiencing heartburn also,its so irritating,sometimes i feel much movement at anoda time baby will silence,funny ahahahah,av bought some things dat will b needed on delivery day am buying little by little.thinking of naming baby mitchelle#big grin#

bonitadiane - 14 days ago
It appears we all have 1 pregnancy symptom that's the same; heart burn. Eeeeek. I hate it. I've had it with both girls too. Just awful. Strangely having a cup of coffee helps. Not sure if it's the cream or coffee that helps but it does. I just can't have coffee too late in the day or I'll be up all night. And evening is when heart burn strikes. We picked up a crib and dresser last night. I'm soooo excited. I've also been buying clothes little here and there from thrift shops. So exciting!!! I'm still in shock how quick this pregnancy appears to be flying. I kind of want it to slow down. I too am getting great movements. They are getting stronger too. Lol love love it!!!!! Matoks how did the exam go?

jojo - 15 days ago
Hey girlies feels like ages since chatting to you. . Missed ya :) our garage conversion has begun so between that working full time and sorting my 3 kids it's all been a bit mad. Feeling good today although like you twinny started suffering from heartburn.. I do suffer from acid reflux anyway so think I've been quite lucky to get this far. Getting some amazing movements from my little girl.. bonita so glad you had a fab time with your family.Twinny do you like raraisins or prunes?? Both good at getting you going ;) maybe your bodyis still adjusting to you being able to eat xx matoks glad all is well with you

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 15 days ago
Good morning girls...nice to see you both back and alls well, just missing Jojo now! :o) Bonita sounds like u had a ball with ur family - ur reveal sounds like u all had a lot of fun!! Good times hun keep enjoying. Hope ur exam went ok Matoks! As for me feel illlllll today, got terrible heartburn...and, sorry if TMI but is anyone suffering from constipation? My stomach is quite sore, seems to b one thing after another for me! Roll on labour!! Haha. Have a goodday girls xxx

matoks - 15 days ago
hey ladies,av been busy with some exam,tnx twinny for remembering me,miss u all.............ok nw am 24weeks awww,so fast.

bonitadiane - 15 days ago
Hello lovely ladies. I'm baccckkkkk. Family left yesterday. Booooo. I had so much fun with my company.. A little sad they left. :( The gender reveal was awesome on Friday!!! Many family expected girl. Lol it was done indoors as the weather wasn't cooperating. I had my oldest and the godmother open the box. It's so much fun to hear the guesses and see everyone's reaction once balloons fly out. I'm so glad we did it that way. Anyways I've been feeling great just super exhausted. But I'm feeling my family here may have added to that. Late nights, early mornings. Hoping to get back on track this week. Today... I have no motivation. None, and SO much needs to get done. I'm in trouble. Tomorrow I'll be 24 weeks. Wow. Hope you ladies have a great Monday!!!

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 16 days ago
Good morning girls hope ur all well? Where r u all? Been checking in often and u have all disappeared haha. Either that or life is so darn good youz havent had time to write an update :op ? Anyhoos, i've had a good weekend. My weight hasnt changed on the scales but my body shape has and I definately feel 'fuller' on the front. I've noticed i've started to slow down abit now so hopefully that means baba is growing lovely and putting some weight on! Hope u r all well. Jo xx

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 20 days ago
Good morning week 23! Hope u girls r doing well xx

bonitadiane - 22 days ago
Hello 23 weeks... Feeling great!!!

matoks - 24 days ago
ok its 23weeks today,awesome.

blondeabby - 27 days ago
Gained 20lbs so far!! OMG !! I am in so much trouble:(

afshanm07 - 27 days ago
In week 23 today finally.I will not go to Facebook page cuz I have tons of friends and Family there whom I didn't tell IM pregnant. So how's every 1 else doing

glowingwith2 - 29 days ago
Hi Jenn, There is already a FB group for Oct 2014. It gets a bit of activity each day, I believe there is about 70 women in the group. The ladies seem to be more active over there. I have only posted once though. Survived packing my whole house over the weekend. What a lot of work! I had a ton of energy for it, but my body would get achey. Particularly on Saturday, my cervix felt really sore. I started to get worried, but it went away after I rested for an hour. I'm happy the hardest part is now behind me. It's been a little stressful and I haven't been sleeping good the last couple of nights. I was actually looking forward to coming to work and not being on my feet all day. I'm happy I will be done after this weekend and I will be able to focus on baby. I've scheduled my 3D/4D ultrasound for the end of July. And my crib arrived! After I get settled and have time to relax I plan to put it together. I'm feeling good about having everything I need! Has anyone started planning the baby shower yet?

jenn80 - 30 days ago
Hi ladies! I'm 22 weeks today. I've been checking in weekly since 5 weeks, just haven't posted anything. When I was pregnant with my daughter(she's 2 now), we formed a private group on facebook. It just seemed easier to communicate and share information. Would anyone be interested in joining if I were to start a group for October 2014 babies? It would be private and no one but us could see our posts. With my daughter's group, we are all still very close and talk daily.

glowingwith2 - 34 days ago
Hello 23 weeks! Baby Dylan is getting much bigger these days. His movements are getting much more visible from the outside. I can't wait to see him rolling around in there. I hope everyone is doing well. Thank goodness I get to finish packing this weekend. It's getting harder to move around with this belly!

msjenn727 - 36 days ago
I'm glad he's okay and i'm sure everything will be fine!

inkdoll - 36 days ago
he's doing good :) growing away and that's what's important :)

msjenn727 - 36 days ago
Ink- I know the feeling, it can be extremely frustrating, but i hope your little one is doing fine!

inkdoll - 36 days ago
msjenn727: it just really frustrated me because the dr emailed me and said all was normal as week after and then now at my visit his nurse is telling me otherwise :(

msjenn727 - 36 days ago
Ink- that's the same kind of treatment the hospital gave me! It really sucks because i feel like since it's your baby you have a right to know if something is wrong or could possibly be wrong at the moment...it's really nerve-wrecking waiting on the dr to tell you the results of an ultrasound!

inkdoll - 36 days ago
mammaramirez: they don't tell you ANYTHING... they don't even let you view the screen until they are don't with the entire ultrasound and if you ask questions they just say they cant tell you your doctor will let you know.. its really frustrating

mammaramirez - 39 days ago
inkdoll - I'm surprised your US tech didn't mention anything during your ultrasound?

inkdoll - 39 days ago
Well wednesday June 11th I had my 22/23 week visit with the nurse. The night before I had blood in my urine and i let them know that and so they tested my urine and I had bladder infection that they were going to test further to be sure it didnt go to my kidneys and started me on antibiotics 4x a day. She didnt want to believe me that baby is kicking all they way up under my ribs but HE IS.... I let her know i have alot of pressure and she said that is normal for this being my 3rd baby... She then said that they got my Ultrasound results back and i said yea the Doctor had emailed me about it and he said all looked well but she said yes except i have a low lying placenta and that they will be moitoring that in the 3rd trimester with another ultrasound because if it doesnt move then i will have a c section because it is to close to the cervix. IDK y the doctor didnt tell me that when he told me all the results were fine UGH... but wasnt my best appointment so far but as long is baby is growing good the rest wont matter :) On to other things... I have been having alot of cramps last night A LOT... they arent comfortable and idk if its just worse cause my bladder infection or if its gonna be like this... it makes my lady parts sore :( That is all for now Happy 23 weeks!

inkdoll - 39 days ago
I believe 28 weeks is 3rd trimester :)

msjenn727 - 39 days ago
LOL!

mammaramirez - 40 days ago
I think it's 28... don't worry 8 couldn't remember either :)

msjenn727 - 40 days ago
Although this isn't my first pregnancy, i can never seem to remember is it 27 or 28 weeks that the 3rd trimester begins?

msjenn727 - 40 days ago
Mamma- yes i have another ultrasound on the 23rd and honestly i think i will tell them no to the amnio. I refuse to put my little bean at risk!

mammaramirez - 40 days ago
msjenn - if you don't want it, don't get it. I'm hoping for positive results for you as well. Are they going to do another ultrasound?

msjenn727 - 40 days ago
Yes, it's seems like an eternity! I really don't want an amniocentesis, so i'm hoping for great results.

mammaramirez - 40 days ago
18 more days to go and I'll officially be out of the triple digit countdown and into the double digits! MsJenn - you'll have your results back in a little over a week right?

msjenn727 - 41 days ago
Did the harmony test, just waiting on the results!

mammaramirez - 42 days ago
Leanbean - 24 weeks... Hooray for viability :) love the name BTW

mammaramirez - 42 days ago
Msjenn - always nice to be bumped ahead :) I like those names. James is going to be a middle name for this one after my grandfather.

leanbean - 42 days ago
24 weeks tomorrow! Wahoooo!!!! LORI~ Yes, we've finally decided! Her name is Letti :)MAMAR~ good luck on the name. It was stressing me out so bad I sat down and told dh that he wasn't leaving the convo until we decided! hahahahaha.... It worked! MS~ Cute names!

msjenn727 - 42 days ago
mamma-dr is changing my due date back to oct.4th, which makes me 23 weeks 3 days. I love the names James or Jeremiah for my little guy!

mammaramirez - 42 days ago
23 weeks......... Can't wait to hit that big 30 week mark. Still no names for this little guy! My husband isn't too helpful on picking names this time around either.

Monica28 - 42 days ago
good moring ladies....happy 23 weeks to me today!!! my baby is super active all day. and at night he seems to sleep on night

loriandrichie - 46 days ago
Any girl names yet leanbean?

MOMIIB - 48 days ago
Lastt day in 23 weeks. Dr appt friday, not looking forward to it. I have gained more than he wants me to....again :-( Not like I am eating tons of crap or anything. I dont even drink juice or sodas as all. I cute down my sweet tea intake to 2-3 day a week. Nervous I will be diagnosed with GD when I take the test next month :-( hope you all are well. See u in week 24 ;-)

leanbean - 51 days ago
Yep. Crazy little ninja girl in here! Her favorite times to move are early in the morning and at about 11 at night, oh, and of course if I take too long to eat. She goes nuts and my belly moves like something's about to jump out. hahahha.... Love it!

loriandrichie - 52 days ago
Baby girl is the same, constantly moving! Such a strange feeling, but I absolutely love it!! :)

MOMIIB - 54 days ago
23 weeks today and baby boy loves to punch and kick! :-)

sarah6485 - 63 days ago
I've had it can be pretty sore and tender :-/

pregome - 64 days ago
Sarah- I'm wondering if that is what it was. It doesn't hurt anymore so I am waiting for my appt tomorrow to see what they say. It was so weird.

sarah6485 - 65 days ago
Could be muscle separation? That can ache and hurt



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