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.
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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.
Week 23: Your Moods, They are A-Swingin'
Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy
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