At 23 weeks pregnant, your mind is fuzzy (this is your brain…this is your brain on progesterone) and your toes (well, your feet, at least) are growing.
The palms of your hands and soles of your feet might be red and you might be more prone to heat rash and skin tags. Stretch marks are blooming in vibrant shades of pink and purple on pretty much every available surface of skin and…wait! What’s that funky dark line running down the center of your belly? Never fear! Heidi Murkoff,(author of the What Too Expect book series) walks you through all of these perfectly normal happenings and leads you through your baby’s milestones this week.
At around 8 inches long and a smidge over a pound, your little pup is actually looking a bit like a Shar-Pei – very cute, but still very wrinkly. Poised to put on pounds, baby’s birthday suit has outpaced the fat that’ll start to accumulate very soon. As a result, saggy skin hangs loosely from those little limbs like long johns that are two sizes too big.
Your baby’s skin is also cellophane thin and has taken on a reddish cast, thanks to the vivid network of blood vessels developing underneath. Right now, it’s a look only a mother or father could love. Luckily, a tough protective protein called keratin is being added to your baby’s skin cells, and that’ll thicken his skin as he continues to gestate in your cozy uterus. Don’t worry, his skin will be soft, sweet, and suitable for stroking by the time he checks out of Motel Mommy and checks into your arms.
But before he’s ready to face the world outside, he’s going to have to be able to breath in it. And for that important function to function, his lungs will have some maturing to do. Right now, the maturation process is beginning, though it’ll be a while before those tiny lungs will be ready for the breathing big time. Small capillaries are forming in the lungs and specialized lung cells called pneumocytes are developing. These all-important cells will produce surfactant down the road, the crucial substance that’ll help baby’s lungs expand after birth. But more about that later.
In the meantime, take a look at that amazing placenta, your baby’s recently completed life support system. The pancake-shaped placenta, attached to your uterine wall and connected to your growing baby by the umbilical cord, acts as a sophisticated trading post and filtering system, transferring oxygen and nutrients to your fetus, and removing waste products.
It also protects your baby, serving as a sort of fetal security checkpoint by preventing harmful substances and infections from passing from your system into your baby’s. And as if that’s not enough to dazzle you, the placenta is also hard at work producing hormones – estrogen and progesterone – that keep your pregnancy going strong. Pretty impressive for a network of blood vessels!
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First time mama to a baby girl due 13.04.21 🤰🏼🤍💗
Wifey s due in March 3rd of next year. Hope it s gonna a good journey….can't wait to meet that baby girl!!!!!
Who says right now it’s only look a mother or father can love?!?!!? It’s a baby who hasn’t fully developed so what if the skin is red. Terrible use of words! Shame on you.
Due January 1st 2021😁😁😁
Love the videos but looking at this woman gives me neck pain 🤣
23 WEEKS TOMORROW . 🔵
I'm 23 weeks today. Due October 16th.
U really can’t listen to pregnancy videos at this point they be lying like fuck it’s sad moms just wanna know they fetus growth and they make it seem like baby can’t survive our wombs and are barely growing just to prove the fact that babies are at they best when it comes to health by going full term I’ve seen babies born the size of a hand and survive our babies be bigger than they say stronger than they say and more healthy than they say they just don’t want to say the wrong shit that haves moms trying to go into labor to hurry and have they baby thinking they are fully grown so soon that’s understandable but they gotta stop lying saying they under growth for us moms to want to keep them in until 40 week and shit that time frame don’t be meant to be at times
23 weeks today 💚💚💚
My son is due August 31st,2020💙🥺 I’m a single mama to be and this is my first baby!! I turn 18 in june 🙂
I'm due August 27th. We are having a girl. I feel soo blessed that she is healthy. I am 23 weeks today. We can't wait to meet our baby girl !!! God is soo good.
I am 23 weeks today. Thank you God for allowing me to reach this milestone. Please grant me 10 more weeks. Please watch over me and baby and continue to bless us with strength and love.
I’m due April 30th and I plan on not finding out the gender just to have the full experience and excitement once baby arrives into this world.
Im due march 25 2020 I cant wait to meet my baby girl🤰🖤💜
I’m due March 13 ,2020 with my 3rd a little girl my husband is so ready to meet his princess well his second princess we already have a boy and one girl already well daddy gonna meet his second one in March ❤️🥰🤰🏽 can’t wait
Due 29 jan 2020 😁😁
All this DETAILED information with an automatic step system for each one SCREAMS design which means there is an Intelligent Designer. God.
I'm 23 weeks pregnant due jan 2, 2020.. this is my first time being a mother. So this is amazing to be a first time mom. Idk, what I'm having yet.
This is my first pregnancy. I’m having a girl and my due date is on the 4th of January. I can’t waitttt to see her 🍼
I am 5months pregnant I am due with my first child a girl she comming December 29th 2019
Christmas day with my first💙
December 15th 2019 my baby boy will be here
Due December 07 2019 can't wait to meet my baby girl
Due December 2nd❤️ with my beautiful baby boy 💙
Due in Dec! 😘🤰
I’m due nov 24 2019 with our first baby and it’s a boy!! I’m so excited! I love feeling him moving!!!!
Due the 17th of November 2019 – our first, a little baby boy 💙
23 weeks due nov 12 2019 with my second boy!! Same due date as my first boy and I have to have a c section so he will be born same day as my first son🤣😂🤣.the odds man🤔
I’m due 15th November 2019 .. xx
Is her neck okay? 🤔
I’m 23 weeks and I’m due October 22nd with our 3rd son 💙Can’t wait to see what he looks like
Motel mommy good one💕having my third baby and can’t wait to meet her currently 22 weeks
Talk nice all you want about the placenta but mine has betrayed me. It's parked itself over my cervix and may have embedded itself too deep.
Im 23 weeks with my First Daughter she's Due Aug 25, 2019. Same day as my son lol.
Congratulations to all the 2019 Mothers!
I’m Due August 18th 2019 …..8 days after my Bday how exciting …can’t wait to meet my babygirl👩👧🎉🎉🎉🎀🎀🎀
I'll be 23 weeks tomorrow I'm due 8/11/19 with my second child which is a boy🎉🎊👶💙💙💙💋
Due July the 23rd ❤️
Due June 24 2019 baby 👦 boy ❤️🙏
I’m due June 3rd 2019 with my second boy. 💙💙 I cant wait to meet him! 23 weeks 1 day pregnant today and feeling him poke me as I type this. 🤣🤣💙
My due May 29th 2019,so good luck and god blessed us all ❤😘
23 weeks today with our baby girl. Loving the little butterfly kisses only mummy can feel right now 😍😍😍
I’m due April 24th … super excited to meet my lil bundle 😊 23 weeks and 1 day today 😍😍 ready for this to be over🤦🏾♀️ my body can not take any more…
23 weeks today💝 4/12/2019
Due April 9,2019
Having my second baby boy..😍😍
And feeling him move all the time. Such a active baby.
Due with my baby girl in April. Will be 23 weeks tomorrow:)
I'm 23 weeks now starting to bond with my baby more now
Due March 28th 2019, with my baby girl 😘🎊♥️ can’t help but watch videos ahead of time 😂 pray everyone have a healthy pregnancy 🤰
23 weeks due February 2019