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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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please be healthy - 13 days ago
Fighting a cold! I have napped a lot this weekend!

please be healthy - 14 days ago
Hello week 23!!!! So happy to be here!

Maceesmomma - 14 days ago If any of ladies are wanting to join a Facebook group here you go. This page was created from a couple of the admins from the Iap 2014 mommas.

rayansmama - 17 days ago
I'm still potty training but I think my two year old is taking interest as well cuz he sees his brother. I sat him down on the toilet today and he actually pooped in the toilet. I don't know if I should start him as well but I'm so tired :0

bgscoobyluver - 24 days ago
Hi Faith. Thats Awesome that u potty trained so long n he got it b4 2 1/2. I have only been doin this for a few days but its so tiring. Today was a good day tho thankfully. I had to bribe but so far no accidents

Faith4with1more - 25 days ago
Hi Rayan!
Thanks. Yea my son I started potty training since he was about 18 months by 26 months he was ready. At this time he is completly done. No more diapers days or night only if we are going somewhere far and it's over 2 hours drive. So don't give up. Your son will be potty training very soon. However it's a lot of work and sleepless nights going to the toilet and changing bed sheets. Good luck my dear

bgscoobyluver - 29 days ago
23 WEEKS TODAY! BH r starting now and legs swellin but otherwise its goin good. oh n backaches rnt so bad anymore, yay. Hows everbody else feelin? funtime- feelin bettr?

pugdunn - 30 days ago
Yay week 23!!!!!

funtimemum80 - 34 days ago
I'm really ill. I'm so ill everything hurts and I'm struggling to move! My husband returned to work today and my children have literally trashed my house and eaten chocolate biscuits all day. Because I'm so unwell I keep forgetting I'm pregnant- poor baby is probably inside thinking 'what about me'

funtimemum80 - 34 days ago
AussieDanni- heartbreaking story, I had to show my husband which made us both so very thankful for our healthy babies, I wish you well in the rest of this pregnancy X

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