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Week 23
~ Braxton-Hicks

Weights and Measures

At 23 weeks, a singleton baby should measure at least 8 inches long and just over a pound. The twins should still be on track with these measurements too. So the belly fruit are now slightly larger papayas this week. Same fruit as last week, I know, but I couldn't find a different fruit for the week. Apparently the babies will be papaya-sized for a few weeks. So here's a new belly picture instead!
23 weeks

Pregnancy Symptoms

I've been feeling a lot more activity from both babies. It's still exciting to feel their movements and, same as last week, I can tell which twin is moving based on their locations from our latest ultrasound. My heartburn has also ramped up so now I carry a baggie of Tums with me where ever I go. Luckily, my sleep has improved to where I wake up only once a night and I'm able to fall back asleep right away. Thank goodness. I've been told to enjoy this while I can and believe me, I will!

In the past week or two I've been feeling what must be Braxton-Hicks contractions. My entire abdomen gradually tightens up - no pain - and then relaxes. I haven't asked my OB about this since I haven't experienced any pain or other symptoms with the muscle tightening and it's not a daily occurrence.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Karl and I had our first of six classes in "Prepared Childbirth" last week. I was the only mom-to-be present who wasn't expecting in October or early November yet I looked like I belonged because my baby bump is pretty darn big at this point. The next available class begins in November... a little too late for me in case these twins decide to visit us early.

Okay, babies, now is your time to put on lots of weight and fill out those wrinkly little skins of yours with lots of healthy fat! We are still preparing the nursery for your arrival. Hope you like it! And I hope you like pets; remember, they were here first.

Ruth Ann

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