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Week 17 Pregnancy

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Your pregnancy is now into the second trimester and your baby is now accumulating fat on her body. As the pregnancy progresses the fat content of the body will continue to increase.

 
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BABY

Your baby is all of 7 3/4 inches when measured from the crown to the rump. The weight shows a perceptible increase over the previous week and is pegged at around 5 ounces. This week also marks the beginning of brown fat accumulation just under the skin. Predictably this is known to insulate and protect your baby against temperature fluctuations and keeps her warm at all times.

Those with a penchant for figures would find it intriguing that by the time your baby is born at least 2-6% of the total body weight will be brown fat. Concurrently sudden loud noises can actually alarm or startle your baby too. On a developmental front although the eyelids are well formed by this week, blinking of eyes is still a few weeks away.

 
 

THE MOTHER

With the uterus now reaching the half way mark between your pubic bone and the umbilicus you are also registering an increase in blood volumes. This increase in blood volumes has led to an increase in body secretions ranging from vaginal secretions, increased sweating through to even nasal congestion. The symptoms are transitory and will disappear with time.



 
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