Updated 08 October 2018

Week 17: 23 weeks to go!

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


Happy 17th week!

Your baby's progress:

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

Your progress:

  • You will probably gain weight this week as your baby is going through a growth spurt.
  • Your body may secrete more fluid, like 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 about which exercise programmes are suitable or safe for you.

Good to know:

  • Minimise heartburn by eating slowly, eating smaller meals more regularly, avoiding rich, spicy foods, chocolate, citrus fruit and coffee, and sitting upright after eating.


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