Development Week 17

Your baby is now 5.12 inches (13cm) and 4.97 ounces (140 grams), and is weighing more than the placenta. He is starting to develop brown fat deposits under the skin, but no other new structures have formed. During the last trimester your baby will add more layers of fat to his body for warmth and protection. The baby may start to respond to loud noises outside the body.

A Whole System
Now that you are 17 weeks pregnant, you may notice that your body is producing more secretions and fluids than you ever thought possible. The culprit behind these fluids, such as sweat, nasal congestion and vaginal discharge, is the increase in blood moving through your body.

The placenta, which nourishes the fetus with nutrients and oxygen and removes wastes, is growing to accommodate your baby. More than an inch thick, it now contains thousands of blood vessels that exchange nutrients and oxygen from your body to your baby's developing body.

You may notice that your breasts have changed considerably since your pregnancy began. More blood is flowing to the breasts, which increases their size (many women increase one to two cup sizes) and causes veins to become visible. Buy supportive bras in a variety of sizes to accommodate your breast growth during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Tip

You're well into your second trimester now, so be sure that your prenatal vitamin has changed to reflect the extra nutritional needs for your baby during this stage of development. Biotegrity's Stage 2 have increased amounts of all the important vitamins and minerals so your baby can develop properly.

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