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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 23

How big is your baby?
The measurement is now at around 11.38 inches (28.9cm) and your baby is now weighing approximately 1.10 pounds (501g).
How big are you?
Your uterus should now be about 1.18 inches (3cm) above your bellybutton and about 9.05 inches (23cm) above your pubic symphysis this week.
Your total weight gain at this stage of your pregnancy should by now be about 12 to 15 pounds (5.5kg-6.8kg)
How is your baby developing and growing
Your baby's body will start getting plumper and wrinkled and any lanugo hair may start to turn darker at this time. His/Her eyebrows and eyelids are well formed by now. Over the next month your baby is going to gain considerable weight, and will be weighing almost double what it is at the moment.
The three bones which make up your babys middle ear - the hammer, anvil and stirrup - are all starting to harden, this means that sound transmission is now possible. Although your baby may be able to transmit sound, there is now way of knowing if your baby is able to interpret this sound as although the brain is still developing rapidly, it is still to immature to deal with the sounds.
The important organs which your baby uses to produce hormones are developing nicely. One hormone in particular, insulin, is being produced by the pancreas. Insulin helps your baby break down and use sugar. When a baby is exposed to high blood sugar levels the pancreas will respond by increasing the blood-insulin level.
Changes in you
At this point of your pregnancy some of your friends and family may say you look like you are carrying twins and others may say you are way too small for how far along you are. You need not concern yourself with what they are saying, remember every pregnancy is different and babies grow at different rates.
Your nutrition
Protein plays an important part in your pregnancy and development of your baby. It is important that during the second and third trimesters that you ensure your intake of protein in your diet are meeting your requirements. You should be aiming to get in 75g of protein a day, and there are a wide variety of protein sources during pregnancy.
Your body
The closer you get to your delivery date, the more trouble you may have sleeping. Anxiety, frequent urination, heartburn, leg cramps, and general discomfort can translate into a short night's sleep for a pregnant woman. But your baby's health and your own depend on you getting adequate rest. Try a warm bath, soothing music, a relaxing book, or a cup of herbal tea to put you in the mood to snooze.
Many doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their sides, not their backs or stomachs, so that blood flow to the placenta is not restricted. If you find this uncomfortable, try placing a pillow between your knees to relieve the pressure of your weight while lying on your side.

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