Your Pregnancy: Week 23

At this point in your baby’s development, his skin is wrinkly, but his intrauterine wrinkles will disappear as he gains more weight.

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Your baby

• From the top of his head to the bottom of his buttocks, he is about 20 cm (8 in) long. And he weighs about 455 g — finally, a whole pound!

• The fine lanugo hair that covers your baby’s body now may become darker.

• Your baby’s pancreas, the organ that produces insulin and other hormones, is developing and beginning to function. When the placenta feeds your baby blood with a high sugar level, his fetal pancreas responds by upping the level of insulin in his blood.

Your bump

If your bellybutton is of the “innie” persuasion, you may find it’s rather flat these days and it may actually pop out later. But don’t worry, once your baby is born, your bellybutton will resume its usual shape.

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Baby on the go

The first time you noticed your little guy move it may have felt like the flutter of butterfly wings. But now his movements might feel more like miniature karate kicks. Hi-yah! The next time he goes on a kicking spree, watch your belly for a while and you may be able to see him wriggle beneath your skin.

Twins… or more!

If you’ve discovered that you’re expecting more than one baby, you’ve likely noticed a higher than average weight gain by now. Since more than one baby is growing and developing inside your uterus, you may be carrying more than one placenta and amniotic sac. That’s a lot of baby baggage!

Whether you’re expecting twins, triplets, or quadruplets, you and your partner are probably in a state of shock! Take a few deep breaths and remember: Parenthood is one big adventure — and yours has just gotten a little more exciting.

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Water: your drink of choice

You need plenty of water during pregnancy. Water and other fluids help your body process nutrients, form new cells, regulate body temperature, and maintain blood volume. Drinking water can even provide some relief from common pregnancy discomforts, such as headaches, bladder infections and cramps.

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How can you tell if you’re drinking enough? Check the colour of your urine. If it’s clear or light yellow, you’re good. If it’s dark yellow, you need to drink more.

Treat your tootsies

Can you still reach your toes? Good for you! Why not give them a perfect pedicure, while you still can? Once those days are gone, you have an ironclad excuse to give the job to a pro — or encourage your partner master the fine art of foot care. Foot massage, anyone?

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