During week twenty-three of your pregnancy, your uterus will probably be around one and a half inches above your navel. Your uterus is now continuously growing and expanding while your child grows. At this point in your pregnancy, you may be gaining close to one pound each week. Since you are growing so much, you may be going through a lot of back pain. Your stomach is stretching and expanding and even your joints will soften while your body begins to prepare for the birth of your child. In addition, the lower part of your spine will curve backward a little bit to help you stay balanced. Your body is constantly changing so that it can handle the baby.
When you are twenty-three weeks pregnant, you might be able to feel your lil' bee when he or she kicks you. You will still experience an increased amount of vaginal discharge. However if it is white and thin then what you are going through is completely normal. However, if the rate changes too much or if you experience bleeding you will need to alert your doctor.
At twenty-three weeks pregnant, your child will be focused on developing his or her lungs. The babiy is producing surfactant, which allows their lungs to inflate or deflate without the risk of collapsing the lungs. This allows your baby to develop diaphragm muscles.
During this week, your child's blood vessels are developing. Your child actually looks like a baby this week. However, he or she still does not have a lot of body fat. The child has a small chance of surviving a premature labor this week. The survival rate of children born between twenty-three weeks and twenty-four weeks is around ten percent.
When your baby is twenty-three weeks old, your baby will weigh around one pound. In addition, your baby will be an estimate of eleven inches long. This is almost the size of a small coconut. Your baby has grown a lot in the short amount of time that you have been pregnant. It now has more of a chance of surviving.