Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week by Week: 23 Weeks

When you're 23 weeks pregnant, your baby is about 8 inches long from crown to rump and weighs almost 1 pound. Fetal development during this time includes the following:
 
  • Eyebrows and eyelashes are forming
  • Lips are becoming more distinct
  • Eyes are becoming more developed, but they still lack color
  • The bones of the middle ear begin to harden
  • Your baby's body is becoming more proportioned.
     
During week 23 of your pregnancy you may experience:
 
  • Mood swings
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Itchy and dry skin
  • Movement in your abdomen.
 
If you are carrying more than one baby, it's particularly important that you're aware of symptoms of possible pre-term (premature) labor, such as:
 
  • Sense of pelvic fullness
  • Recurrent contractions (four or more an hour)
  • Yellow, watery, or bloody vaginal discharge
  • Ruptured membranes.
 
(Click 23 Weeks Pregnant for more information)
 

The 24th Week of Pregnancy

You're moving into your seventh month of pregnancy. During week 24, your baby will be about 8.4 inches long and weigh about 1.4 pounds. When you are 24 weeks pregnant, your baby now has basic control of all of its senses -- vision, smell, touch, hearing, and taste. Other fetal developments include the following:
 
  • Blood vessels in the lungs are developing
  • Your baby has almost fully developed eyelashes
  • Your baby is starting to produce white blood cells, which fight disease and infection
  • Your baby's inner ear is now completely developed.
 
At this point in your pregnancy, you will likely have another prenatal checkup with your doctor. He or she will check your urine, blood pressure, uterus size, and other usual areas again. You may also be given a glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes.
 
(Click 24 Weeks Pregnant for more information.)
 
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