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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.

Comments on week 23

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casanova - 5 days ago
you know what helped for the postpartum depression. I would go outside and walk with my neighbor. even if it was for 30 minutes. I looked forward to those walks with her.

casanova - 5 days ago
Post partum depression hit me last pregnancy also. I was so tired of being closed up in the house with just the baby and since I was breastfeeding I felt that she needed me too much. I couldn't even take a shower without having my husband knocking on the door that the baby was hungry again. I may introduce the bottle a little earlier this time around just so he can help me a little and especially with a 15month old daughter.

Sue23 - 5 days ago
baby blues u usually get for afew days usually go soon enough i had posnatal deppression for years with my first it was awful dont think ive ever fully bonded with her but i do love her millions .... unless baby is gonna have a huge growth spurt itl be small but if it stays on the same line id have a 3500g baby and not 2500 like my others which is big for me if it slow growth then itl be a small one again i love hubby been at scans i hated today going without him i also got to see all the features i saw the fingers on hand spead appart n babys hand clentched together and his feet and toes his other arm behind his head it should of been both of us there

ira456 - 5 days ago
I also like to have hubby there for an ultrasound but i do my doctor appointments alone. I cried after my last pregnancy. I remember feeling overwhelmed by my other kids and family all wanting to hold and see the new baby and I just needed space. I remember also feeling sad because I came home to a mess and didn't have the energy to keep up with it all.

JDH - 5 days ago
After my second son was born I had some hormonal problems. I wouldn't say it was depression, but it was very strange. I cried a lot, and about nothing. The most strange thing was how I looked forward to visiting the hospital again! It was like I had formed an attachment and didn't know it. I'm worried because I have started to have those same feelings already with this pregnancy! I hope I can keep my hormones under control!

casanova - 5 days ago
I don't mind going to my doctor's appointments alone but to the ultrasound appointments I like for my hubby to be there. I have my next one on the 21st. Sue its great that you are measuring 24 weeks already. and don't worry about the size. all babies are different and who knows maybe you will be surprised when baby is born, all nice and plumpy!!!

JDH - 5 days ago
Cassanova, I have not posted any pictures. I'm not very good at keeping up with that sort of thing :) And Sue, I would love to be able to go to an ultrasound alone, but my husband loves to be involved with every little thing. Not that i'm complaining! I just really enjoy alone time!

Sue23 - 5 days ago
Looks can b very decieving im 24 weeks 1 day baby wieghs 1lb7 which for me is gud but apparently under average thou baby messures 24 weeks 1 day I was offered asprin as it helps the placenta thou I cant take it but my bumps huge especially being the biggest size ive ever been and uterus high to so a little anoyed that baby on smaller size thou I know baby can still b healthy anyway heads down for now which means baby head butts me below which I thought was kicks

Sue23 - 5 days ago
i worry alot with this pregnancy more then previous i wounder if the anxiety just gets worse with each pregnancy i think alot is to do with every pregnancy being different so if i experiance something new its another issue and with my babies being small and having to stay in hospital after is hard enough to think about as my hubby will have other kiddies alot of my anxiety is what if anything could happen . i go for my 24 week growth scan today so il ask for the wieght ive messure on target to with 12 n 20 week scan which is new for me a good thing thou so itl be nice to know and to see baby again hpefully they wont be so rough with me since baby is bigger only thing is i wont have hubby with me as we have kiddies on school holidays and they cant go but itl be a family trip to the midewife next week and we can all hear babies heart beat then

casanova - 6 days ago
my boss was rubbing my belly saying that he didn't think I was pregnant. that in the last pregnancy I was huge... yes those were his words!! lol... I told him thank you. he just says that I haven't grown much compared to the last pregnancy and that he thinks its a boy. he thinks my doctor is not correct with the gender. lol. I guess my boss is a doctor now!!! haha

casanova - 6 days ago
jdh have you posted pictures??

JDH - 6 days ago
Thank you ladies for the reassurance. It seems that they worry about every little thing now a days! They told me to not get stressed about it, but when a doctor says he wants to keep his eye on something, it's' hard to not think about all the stuff that could be wrong! I'm just trying to relax and enjoy this pregnancy. My belly is SO cute! :)

vickiessecret - 6 days ago
JDH- They told me right now they don't worry about size at only 23 weeks, because my baby has been measuring almost 2 weeks ahead since 19 weeks, I go back around 30 for another growth check, I guess I'll see how he's measuring then..

casanova - 6 days ago
yesterday I went to visit my husband's cousin. he and his wife just had a baby 4 days ago. she was so adorable!! beautiful baby but what astonished me was her size. I see my 1 year old daughter and I think she is still a baby and small but then I saw her next to this newborn baby and she's huge!!!!! its funny how reality kicks in!! my daughter wanted to kiss the infant and patted her on the back to go to sleep softly. like she does it with her baby dolls but then I guess she thought it was her doll that she aggressively went to grab her. I guess I am going to have to be very careful and start teaching her since now to be gentle with babies. any advice on how to teach a toddler to be gentle?

Sue23 - 7 days ago
ive never had an estimate this early on on my scan so il have to ask on monday

Sue23 - 7 days ago
messurements mean nothing u can messure 2 weeks either side and with scans there estimates non of my late scans was accurate only these 2 12 week and 20 week scans been the most accurate with dates it maybe that u r actually a week behind but that all goes on ur on cycle there is nothing wrong with small babies either it doesnt mean they r less healthy just usually fit in clothes for longer lol my daughter was 5lb3oz when born every petite very healthy shes now nearly as tall as me my son was 5lb4 and hes still petite but very advanced thou behavior issues non which is to do with his wieght

megalo - 7 days ago
JDH I wouldn't worry. I've heard it's normal to measure a week ahead or behind.

casanova - 7 days ago
JDH I wouldn't be too worried. my baby is also measuring smaller. but I don't worry.

JDH - 7 days ago
23 weeks today! YAY! Moving right along! You were all talking about size. My little girl has been measuring a week behind. Should I be worried?? My doctor said my uterus is right where it should be and doesn't seem too concerned with baby's size but wanted to send me to a level 2 ultrasound at a bigger hospital. We don't have insurance and decided to wait and keep checking here at the local hospital. My sister in law had a tiny baby! She only weighted 6 lbs the day she was born!

megalo - 8 days ago
I just had my last visit with the perinatologist. Baby is perfect and weighs 1.5 pounds.

ira456 - 8 days ago
That is a great size for that early Casanova! I kinda hope I go in a bit early and have a July baby. As long as baby is healthy and ready early. Im sick of always being late and I really don't want to be induced! And who wants to be huge all summer long anyways. 10 days ahead of schedule would be great!

vickiessecret - 8 days ago
I just posted this as my blog, so thought I'd post here too :) Ultrasound went good, everything looks great. I go back in 6 weeks for a growth scan, it will be May 29th :) As of today, his heart rate was 141bpm, his estimated weight is 1lbs 11oz, so getting close to 2lbs. He was very active the whole time, it was awesome! As of right now he is head down & I hope he stays that way, Alexander was never head down & I ended up needing a version, so I hope this little one cooperates. I'm 23+3 today but he's measuring 10 days ahead, Amelia also measured 10 days ahead & came 5 days early, so I hope he will follow her..haha. Because Celese & Alexander always measured exact.. So well see, next ultrasound I will be 30+3 :)

casanova - 8 days ago
oh thank you ira- I was wondering that maybe they made a mistake with the gender. but that's a relief. My daughter was born at 36 weeks and weighed 7.1 pounds. so she was at a great size.

ira456 - 8 days ago
Im not feeling anything close to my ribs yet but im pretty tall. As for heart rate, my little girl was at 132! Crazy considering my other daughter was 170. Oh well, doctor didn't seem concerned at all. My boys were in between. I guess that old wives tale didn't work in my case.

Sue23 - 8 days ago
Meggied there lovely wieghts for 37 weeks in uk if they come at 37 weeks its classed at premmie babies now Casanova I think mines high as it gets my ribs r getting kicked my scans on monday Im hoping I can relax more then cause I feel like baby is wanting to come out baby would have a fighting chance after 24 weeks so as the weeks grow the more I feel safe as long as I feel movement

casanova - 8 days ago
hello ladies!! I had my doctor's check up on Wednesday and everything went well. he measured my stomach and was amazed that my uterus was high. Also my baby's heartbeat was at 147. that astonished me because my daughter was always at the 160s. I have an ultrasound on the 21st of april. right after easter. so I am excited to see my baby again.

meggied - 9 days ago
I had both mine at 37 weeks. That is just when they came. Both were fine, weighing 6.3 and 6.4.

Sue23 - 10 days ago
i feel like pants today my 5 yr old made me breakfast and i sicked it back up pain near ribs headache and just feel like crap never left so crap

megalo - 10 days ago
I believe I waddle.

Sue23 - 10 days ago
i tend to messure fine till 28 32 weeks then they stop growing so much i honestly think this ones gonna be both my babys wieghts at 10lbs lol he kicks my ribs and lower down at the same time im sure he cant be that big already i had mine at 39 weeks due to stop growing cos of pre eclampsia and a sweep brought be on with 2nd at 38 weeks due to s.p.d and slow wieght gain i was gonna be induced at 39 weeks this one i really need at 38 weeks i doubt itd happen and in away id rather wait till baby is ready but my kiddies break up from school 24th july and babys due 3rd august id rather have baby b4 they break up due to sons additional needs routine and everything but whatever happens will happen and i wont be pushing for it as baby will come when ready and as for waddling lol i dont think i can carry on walking for much longer it hurts

vickiessecret - 11 days ago
Well I was induced with my first 6 days early because of preeclampsia. My 2nd came 5 days early on her own & m 3rd was right on his due date, I was induced. He would have stayed in a week late. This time I don't think they will let me go past my due date again either, but if this little one is anything like my son, I will be induced...he didn't want to come out or flip on his own, I had to have a version at 38 weeks with my last one, so I hope this little one flips on his own...I'd like to have him a week we'll see..Lol

casanova - 11 days ago
ira that is super exciting!!! I tend to measure later. At first my due date was aug 2nd. after so many appointments I am down to august 15!!! however because I have a thin cervix I tend to be close to my first due date. I guess my babies cook quickly.

ira456 - 11 days ago
I wonder if you ladies will have your babies before me. Im usually over due. But the ultrasound said my baby is measuring right on target for August 1st. Im super excited.

casanova - 11 days ago
oh wow so is mine!!!

vickiessecret - 11 days ago
& I just realized my name is actually under the right week! I've been stuck in week 6 forever..Lol

vickiessecret - 11 days ago
23 Weeks today :)

casanova - 11 days ago
its very easy to make. I buy them already without the thorns. but if you have a cactus near by you can just cut off a branch, preferably the small young little ones. you have to be careful with the thorns. peel it then cook it on the stove. the way I ate it today was just on the stovetop with tomato and onions.

meggied - 11 days ago
Cook it.....I'll eat it! Ha Ha

susieq2582 - 11 days ago
Cactus?!?!?! That sounds interesting. I doubt I can get that here in Chicago.

casanova - 11 days ago
does anyone like cactus?? I just had a taco of cactus and it was delicious!!!!! any strange cravings??

casanova - 11 days ago
my friend told me yesterday that I was beginning to walk like a pregnant woman. how exciting!!!

ira456 - 11 days ago
Anyone else waddling yet? I seem to just be starting doctor appointment is today. It should be a good day :-)

megalo - 11 days ago
I'm here and feeling huge.

Sue23 - 11 days ago
i think we all tend to stay back abit

ira456 - 12 days ago
I guess I was supposed to switch over a few days back, but no one was here! Im feeling great today. Its warm out so I went for a walk this morning.

casanova - 12 days ago
finally someone else on week 23

meggied - 12 days ago
yahoo..... 23 weeks today!

casanova - 14 days ago
Week 23 for me today!!

amberc88 - 43 days ago
im movin up to week 24 today!!!yayyy

rosebonbon - 43 days ago
Hi again ladies, amber, you should love your new tempurpedic, it really helped my back problems. I'm also feling tired, my iron levels are bordeline so im trying to eat well to avoid taking supplements. Smiles, i hear you about lady parts, i try to avoid sitting too long in the car...didnt think it would a problem this early... and i don't have twins in there!

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