Your babys progress - Week 23
Your sweet babe is starting to look a little like a red wrinkle bag right now as more and more skin grows, creating wrinkles that are yet to be filled out. Now around 20cm from head to rump, your baby is looking more like a real full term baby, albeit with saggy skin. Beginning this week, he'll start to pack on the weight (and so will you!) and by month's end he'll be double the weight he is now (though you won't — phew!). Right now, your baby's organs and bones are visible through his skin, which has a red hue due to developing veins and arteries beneath.
Your baby may be enjoying Braxton Hicks contractions, which you may feel as 'hardness' or a tight band being pulled across your belly. Many women find Braxton Hicks painless and may be unaware of them but these 'practice' contractions tone the uterus and stimulate your baby. Every time your baby feels the uterus tightening around them it stimulates his circulation, similar to a brisk rub on his skin, or a massage!
Baby is moving around a lot now, and you’re probably feeling the full force of his movements. This daily movement helps him work out his developing muscles. Baby’s bones are continuing to strengthen and he will be absorbing calcium as quickly as he can so his skeleton is strong and healthy at birth.
Just like adults, all babies are different and develop at varying rates in the womb. This information gives a general idea of your baby's development and progress.
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