Pregnancy week 23

The baby’s finger nails are almost fully formed and the lanugo darkens. Your baby is totally unaffected by the Braxton Hicks, or practice, contractions – this is where the uterus is contracting to get ready for the big day.

Meconium, the baby’s first stool, is developing. Baby weighs 1lb 2oz (510 grams).

Some parts of your baby’s body, such as the eyes, are still continuing to develop. It’s thought that by now he or she will be able to recognise sounds and voices after birth that they hear in the womb. Many mothers enjoy talking to, and even singing to, their bump.

Your midwife or practitioner will measure your baby about now by palpating 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.

If you have frequent or painful Braxton Hicks contractions, or they are accompanied by bleeding, you should contact your midwife or GP immediately for advice.

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