Pregnancy Week 23

It is now 22 weeks from your last menstrual period. Your baby is now at 20 weeks gestation and is almost 7 1/2 inches long from crown to rump (10 1/2 inches from head to toe) and weighs about one pound!

Your baby is starting to develop ‘brown fat’ — this specialized fatty tissue keeps your baby warm. About now, your baby is developing a strong grasp reflex.

Advice for Mom

To avoid hemorrhoids and constipation, increase your fiber intake and drink lots of water.

When women become mothers, it affects the whole family in many ways. Be proud of your transition! As the baby grows bigger and stronger, you may be able to see his or her vigorous kicks as well as feel them!

Itchy belly? Join the club! Pregnant bellies are itchy bellies and they can become increasingly itchier as the skin is stretched across the abdomen. Lotions or “butters” may bring relief. If you are itchy all over, check with your doctor.

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