Pregnancy week 17
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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