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Week 23: Your Moods, They are A-Swingin'

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

Your baby weighs about a pound (.45 kg) and is approximately 8 inches (20 cm) long. No more fruit comparisons--now he looks like a perfect, little doll!

Although his skin is still wrinkled, it's starting to plump out as he continues to gain weight and develop more fat. He looks more and more like a "real" baby now, but sometimes the fine hair covering your baby's body grows a little dark around this time.

Your Body This Week

As the weight of your uterus once again shifts to rest on your bladder, you may have more problems holding urine. But be aware that a "gush" of liquid or constant leaking could mean that you are losing amniotic fluid, and you should call your doctor right away. You may also experience some emotional mood swings--unexpected highs and lows and maybe even some tears or fears. Emotional swings are linked to normal hormone activity and should pass as your pregnancy progresses. If not, mention it to your doctor.

5 Steps to Injury-Free Fitness

  • Warm up and cool down. Each workout should begin and with light activity and a good stretch, to keep your body and muscles loose and pliable.
  • Invest in the proper attire. Specifically, good shoes. The addition of weight and pressure on your joints make this step a must.
  • Get enough rest. Be sure to rest at least two days a week and listen to your body.
  • Eat well. Your body already needs more calories to nourish your baby. With the addition of exercise, you need to replenish your body with even more nutrients and calories.
  • Be smart about your workouts. Alternate low impact workouts to maintain a healthy fitness level. Here are more ways to prevent pregnancy injuries.

    Casting Your Net On Seafood Safety

    Take heart, fish lovers! You don't have to completely ignore the seafood section of the menu. While there are some types of seafood you should definitely avoid, you can still enjoy some of your fishy favorites. These low-calorie, high protein treats can be worth the extra attention and care, especially the types that include beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, such as lake trout, herring, and sardines. Fish low in mercury, such as canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish are also good catches. But stay away from swordfish, shark, tile fish, and raw seafood. Read more about the benefits and risks of eating seafood.
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