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Pregnant - week 23

ZP® - English

, 18 January 2019 12:17Laatste update op: 2 August 2019 16:11

Measuring of the blood pressure is one of the most important controls during the antenatal checkups.

Mom

Low blood pressure can do no harm but can be bothersome to you because you get dizzy easily. Is your blood pressure on the high side? In the past, it was recommended to stop eating salt, but now a salt-free diet is no longer prescribed. However, being moderate with salt is always healthier, even if you are not pregnant.

It is also possible for your taste to suddenly change during the pregnancy. If you normally have a sweet tooth, you can now suddenly crave savory things. Or vice versa of course. These are typical aspects of pregnancy.

Baby

The baby is starting to inhale the amniotic fluid to practice real breathing after birth. The baby is 30 centimeters long and now weighs 500 grams, about the size of a grapefruit. The body is now growing faster than the head. Your baby is now increasingly looking like what he or she will look after birth. The head is now already more in proportion with the body. In boys, the scrotum is now properly developed and in girls the ovaries already contain millions of eggs. This will be about 2 million at birth.

As of a short while ago, your baby can also breathe. He/she doesn’t breathe air, but amniotic fluid in and out of its lungs, which makes for good practice. Apart from this, the baby is also training its muscles by moving a lot. Thankfully the umbilical cord is long enough to make sure that there is more than enough room for this.

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