Your Pregnancy: Week 23

Pregnancy week by week: You are 23 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Your uterus has risen above your belly button. It feels like a boxing ring in there some days, what with baby’s kicks, jabs and thumps. If you look at your stomach, you might catch a glimpse of his maneuvers rippling underneath your skin.

The tightening in your uterus are Braxton Hicks contractions. They can start as early as the sixth week or as late as the 28th, and some moms-to-be never experience them. This tensing of the uterine muscles is short, less than two minutes, irregular and unpredictable. Dehydration, a full bladder and an active day can sometimes set off contractions. Sometimes just changing your position can make them stop. Regard them a dress rehearsal for labour, your body does.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) or bladder infections are common in pregnancy. As the growing uterus sits on the bladder, it prevents urine from draining and causes bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract. Signs include urgency and burning when you pee, blood or mucus in your urine and pain in the bladder area. See your doctor immediately; left untreated, a UTI can cause a kidney infection.

Baby’s World

He is 20 cm. long when measured from his head to his bottom and officially weighs one pound, roughly the size of an eggplant! When he gains enough weight, the lanugo hair covering his body (it’s become darker) will fall off and his skin will be wrinkle-free. Traces of his nipples can be seen. Billions of brains cells are swiftly developing and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. They command all of baby’s functions, senses and movements, like circulation and breathing. Surfactant production is beginning, a soapy substance that enables the minute air sacs in baby’s lungs to inflate and the lungs to expand. At the moment he's still breathing in amniotic fluid.

Fun Fact

Studies indicate that unborn babies have a preference for classical music.

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