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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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angelfree77 - 15 days ago
Yes, you do! I hear ya! Change is always stressful, even the good kind of change. We even decided not to get a Christmas tree this year because we have too much on our plate right now with the move and getting our current place ready for renting. I hate ambiguity, but I don't want to stress this little baby out, so I'm just taking on a 'roll with it...everything will work itself out' mindset.

JDH - 15 days ago
Good morning ladies! I'm just enjoying my morning coffee, trying to decide what the kiddos and I will do today. I actually got a couple hours of extra sleep last night! Our family has a lot going on! The Holidays, baby, and hubby is getting ready to change careers!! Ahh! We are just holding on and waiting for everything to settle down again. You gotta love the uncertainties of life huh?

angelfree77 - 16 days ago
Mmmmm...taco pizza! Now, I'm hungry (oh, wait, that's all the time). I haven't really changed my diet much...just not eating the foods to stay away from and throwing in some fruits, yogurt, and nuts throughout the day. I had my routine appointment yesterday and they said my belly is right where it should be (1cm/week), so I guess the 2 inches a day is just me catching up from not gaining in the beginning :) Now, I'm just worried about stretch marks, especially with my AMA skin. So, it's cocoa butter after every shower for me lol

JDH - 16 days ago
Haha! A 6 month old : ) I said I was worried about babies size and right at this moment, I'm chomping down my 5th piece of a small taco pizza! I'm actually ALONE! I haven't had any alone time for so long! It's only an hour, but I'll take it.

angelfree77 - 17 days ago
JDH, congrats on getting your home rented! Hopefully, it'll work out for us too. I wonder if baby's birth weight has anything to do with the parents' weight at birth. My husband and I were both big babies. I stayed so small early in my pregnancy, but now, I feel like I get 2 inches bigger every day! I'm afraid I'm not going to have a choice, but to give birth to a 6-month old...scary! LOL

JDH - 18 days ago
That's what I kind of think too. I, by no means, want to diet or eat unhealthy. Just something I've been wondering. I feel really small still. It was the same with my daughter. I'm getting anxious to know if it's a boy or girl, but still no real desire to open the envelope. A friend of ours had a great idea! She said we should auction off the envelope for diapers! My mom has been asking to 'keep' the envelope and our friend really wants to know. I'm trying to think of a way we could do it later on. I really want the sex to be a surprise for my husband and I, so I wouldn't want anyone to accidentally share.

kentsmommy - 18 days ago
Hi JDH - Mine is constantly moving too. I love it:) I think that their size is just their size, I know mommies who barely gain and have 10 lb babies; I feel like I'm eating non stop and mine were all right around 6 lbs at birth. Actually, all three were within an ounce of each other. Of course, I don't have anything scientific to back that up but I think they are going to grow to 'their' size regardless of what us mommies try to do to control it. Good luck!!

JDH - 18 days ago
Angel, we just went through the whole rental thing this month. We've had a rental house for a few years and this was the first time we had an issue getting it rented out! Right before Christmas too! We were stressed. The good thing is, I was saving money like crazy AND we ended up getting it filled! So, now, I've got $500 Christmas money just screaming to be spent! It's so nice to have that stress gone. My babe just moves all the time it seems. No matter what I eat. I've got a question for you daughter was 2 pounds smaller than my boys and delivery was SO much easier! Is it horrible of me to watch what I eat in order to try and keep baby at that 6.5-7 pound weight? Is that possible even? Or are babies just as big as they are no matter what? With my first, I ate horribly and got super swollen/high BP etc. I'm going to talk with my midwife next week also, but I was just wondering : )

angelfree77 - 19 days ago
Halloween didn't help here either. Did you notice the baby moving more after a dose of sugar, though?

angelfree77 - 19 days ago
I know what you mean about feeling unprepared!!!! My husband and I are working on getting our condo rented and buying my mom's house. We are in the process of fixing up the condo to make it more appealing to a renter, while fixing up my mom's house for the 4 of us. We'll be living with my mom for a bit until my husband can build her an in-laws quarters in the basement. Fortunately, since this is baby #1 for me and we only have my step-daughter part-time, a new vehicle can wait a little while. Life's been crazy!

JDH - 19 days ago
Ahhh! 23 weeks! I told myself I can officially start freaking out at week 25! My little alien has been moving and shaking like crazy! At night, I think they're doing somersaults. I'm still feeling good about ,y weight gain. Halloween didn't help though! : ) Kentsmommy, congrats on the van! I love mine! Of course, we soon to be four kiddos, I don't have much of a choice.

kentsmommy - 23 days ago
Looks pretty calm in here! Time is flying by. I can't believe that we are past the half way point. I'm starting to feel so unprepared! Lol! At least we did manage to go buy a mini van last week. That's one thing out of the way. Hope you are feeling great!

angelfree77 - 27 days ago
23 weeks today!!!!! It's flying by!

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