23 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
The sex of your baby is now recognisable
Get comfortable with a relaxing bath or listening to music
Eat a varied diet, avoiding too many carbohydrates that can make you feel tired
Plan a date or ways to spend quality time with your partner before the birth
Baby's development at 23 weeks
The sex of your baby is now recognisable. If it’s a girl, she’s had ovaries for a few months. If it's a boy, he already has a penis and a prostate. His testicles were formed in the 2nd month, but these will descend when they need to, either just before birth or during the first few months after he is born. Another exciting development is that baby’s nerve cells are now distributed in the grey matter of the brain.
Long baths can be lovely and relaxing when you're pregnant but they can also have the unwanted effect of producing contractions. So it's best not to overdo it, and make sure the bath water isn't too hot. Plus your blood pressure can be a bit unsteady during pregnancy, so it's best to make sure someone is at home just in case you need anything.
High blood pressure or 'gestational hypertension' can be common during pregnancy. To help avoid it, try and stay as active as possible, give up alcohol and tobacco (if you haven't already) and try to keep your pregnancy weight gain at the proper rate. Of course, your GP will be able to guide you further on all of this.
Go easy on the salt! Between meats, preserves, cakes, appetisers, chips, and the heavy hand that lots of us have when seasoning food, it’s common to consume up to three times the amount of salt you need.
While some salt is necessary for health, there is no need to add it to foods, as it is found in so many foods.
Too much salt can raise blood pressure so it's a good idea to limit how much salt you eat.
It’s really important to involve your partner in your pregnancy. Especially now that you’ve nearly reached the last trimester. Go to an antenatal check-up, parentcraft classes or a discussion with your midwife together. It’s a lovely idea to jointly plan baby’s room too.
The idea is to make sure you and your partner spend some good quality time together before the birth. Especially as you don’t have to look after baby just yet, and your bump is still manageable. Think about those classic date night activities such as going to the cinema, a new restaurant or even simply making a meal together. Just anything that brings you closer.