Updated 21 November 2014

Week 17: 23 weeks to go!

Your little one might have a growth spurt this week, which explains why you are gaining weight.


What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby is going through a growth spurt this week as brown fat deposits under the baby’s skin.
  • The foetus and placenta are of equal size.
  • The foetus weighs more than the placenta.
  • The baby sucks, swallows and blinks.

What is happening to you:

  • You will probably gain weight this week as the baby is going through a growth spurt.
  • Your body may secrete more fluid, such as sweat, nasal congestion and vaginal discharge as your blood volume increases.

What to do:Exercise regularly – aqua-aerobics or swimming are great exercises.

Speak to your doctor or fitness specialist about which exercise programmes are suitable or safe for you.


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