17Weeks Description


You are now 16 weeks pregnant (or in your 17th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

Your baby is about the size of a pear this week. Some of the more advanced body systems are working now, including his circulation and urinary tract. Your baby may be playing with the umbilical cord — grabbing it and letting it go again. Read more information on your baby’s development this week

How your life’s changing

You’ve probably gained at least 2.2kg/5 lb by now, maybe as much as 4.5 kg/10 lb. Your uterus is growing and you might feel pangs caused by the ligaments stretching in your abdomen. These pains are usually temporary but your growing uterus will put extra strain on your back — follow our tips for protecting your back so that you avoid backache.

Many couples worry about what labour will be like and how they’ll cope as new parents — it’s all perfectly normal. Try chatting with couples with children about how they felt at this stage and read up on what happens in labour. It may help to read some birth stories so you know what to expect.

It’s a good time to arrange a last minute vacation if you can spare the time and money. Traveling in the middle trimester is often recommended because you are usually over the early pregnancy feelings of nausea and fatigue and still not too far advanced for size or premature labour to be a problem. If you are booking now for a flight later in pregnancy, make sure your airline will allow you to fly at that stage. Otherwise follow our tips for trouble-free travel during pregnancy and enjoy your trip.

Pregnancy Tip: Feel Your Baby Move

“I wasn’t sure if I could feel my baby moving so a friend suggested I lie down for a while. After a few minutes, I started feeling a butterfly sensation low down. It was amazing!” –Louise B.

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