Week 23

Week 22 picture

All About Baby

Twenty-three weeks marks an important point for your unborn baby. Your baby-to-be is far enough along in his development that he could have a chance at survival outside the womb.

According to the March of Dimes, of all babies born at 23 weeks, 25 to 35 percent survive. This number goes up considerably when you add just a couple weeks: babies born between 50 to 70 percent of all babies born at 24 to 25 weeks survive. And 90 percent of all babies born at 26 to 27 weeks survive.

Although all of your baby-to-be's internal systems are in place, he needs more time for those intricate systems to mature.
How Big Is Baby? (Week 23 fruit is the same as last week.)

Your little one now about eight inches long (crown to rump) and weighs in at around one pound.

How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 6 pounds.
Maternity clothes? I'll probably have to buy some jeans this week.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: I get cramps in my hips when I lay on my right side sometimes.
Best moment this week: Just feeling more movement all the time.
Movement: Lots of kicking everyday around 10:30am
Food cravings: None.
Gender: Still waiting for July 22nd
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? In
What I miss: Not having this huge belly.
What I am looking forward to: Knowing if we're having a boy or girl and the 3D/4D ultrasound.
Weekly Wisdom: I can't think of anything right now.
Milestones: Baby's first 4th of July firework show. Surprisingly, there were that many kicks.