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Pregnancy Week 23 December 22, 2008

Posted by battysgirl in Baby Fever.
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What the Experts Say:

Mother:

During your appointments your practitioner may palpate your abdomen. This process is a way of feeling the position of the baby. A tape measure will also be used to measure your fundal height. This is the top of your uterus and is a good indicator of the continued growth of your baby. Some people will worry if they measure a bit “too big” or “too small.” However, it is completely normal to have slight variations at this point. Be sure to ask your practitioner if you are worried. Stop by and check out our Belly Gallery to see other bellies!

Baby:

The baby’s finger nails are almost fully formed and the lanugo darkens. Your baby continues to grow in preparation for the journey of birth. He or she is totally unaffected by the Braxton Hicks, or practice, contractions. Baby weighs 1 pound 2 ounces (510 grams).

Dad:

Mom may actually feel Braxton Hicks contractions, or she might just happen to notice with her hand a slight tensing of her abdomen. This is just her uterine muscle preparing for birth. The uterus actually contracts at all phases of a woman’s life, however, we rarely notice this unless our uterus is full! Though it is handy to know the signs of premature labor to help protect your baby.

What’s Going on With Us:

Things continue to move smoothly and I have no complaints.

The big news this week?  Manny felt a very distinct kicks from the baby Sunday evening… TWICE!

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