As my abdomen continues to grow, it will begin moving other organs around to compensate for the growth of the uterus and baby. (I think this is so strange.) The top of the uterus is beginning to appear more rounded and is lengthening. It is starting to push my intestines up and out towards the side of my abdomen. It's amazing what the body does!
Baby is about 5-6 inches long now. Baby's umbilical cord is not only lengthening but also becoming thicker and stronger for these last 23 weeks. Baby’s sense of hearing is also developing since the ears have fully formed. Baby is also beginning to form adipose or fat tissue. This will help baby take on a more normal appearance by filling out the fine features that baby has. Fat is important in helping regulate the body’s temperature and metabolism.
The circulatory system and urinary tract are functioning, and baby is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid as baby learns to breathe.
I haven't felt any flutters yet, but I'm sure that point is just around the corner. The only other change I'm noticing is my sleeping pattern. It is totally out of wack and the warm weather (humidity) is really starting to bug me. I toss and turn at night, but luckily, Kevin sleeps pretty hard at night. I think once it cools down I might be able to get things under control.