Pregnancy week 17
(Sparx Media)
How's the foetus during week 17?

Growth-spurt for baby

Your baby weighs about 140g and is about 13 – 15cm from crown to rump- the size of a turnip.

• Your baby is going through a growth spurt this week and brown fat will deposit under the baby’s skin. This fat will help your baby to regulate her temperature after the birth.
• Blood circulation is now established and the umbilical cord lengthens and thickens in the response to the rapidly increasing needs of your baby.
• The foetus and placenta are the same size, but the foetus weighs more.
• Your baby can suck, swallow and blink.
• Meconium, your baby’s first bowel movement is beginning to collect in the colon.

What's with my body: To a new jeans-size

• Your uterus is rising between your navel and pubic bone and it is becoming clearly visible that you are pregnant. Pop goes your jeans button!
• Your body may secrete more fluids such as sweat, nasal congestion and vaginal discharge as your blood volume increases. 

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