Pregnancy week 17

As well as darker and enlarged areolas, your breasts will be getting bigger. They are preparing to make milk for the baby and you may notice an occasional white, creamy discharge from your nipples. Keep an eye on your bra sizes as the pregnancy progresses. Your usual size and model of bra may become uncomfortable.

Your uterus is now about halfway between your pubic bone and navel. Your secretions all over your body may increase, due to the increased blood volume. So if you are sweating more, have nasal congestion, or are suffering from increased vaginal discharge this is nothing to worry about and will go away after the birth of the baby.

The baby is urinating frequently because it is taking in fluids through the umbilical cord, which connects mother and baby, and drinking in some of the amniotic fluid in which he or she is floating. The waste products go back into the amniotic fluid as urine. It sounds a bit gross but, remember, the baby is in a cocoon and protected from the germs we come across in the outside world.

Your baby is forming brown fat deposits under his or her skin, by the end of pregnancy this will account for 2-6% of their total body weight and will help them maintain their body temperature when they are born. The baby weighs in at about 5 ounces (142 grams) – that’s more than the placenta – and they could be startled by loud noises.

Your immune system is under attack and coming into contact with other people carrying viruses may make you ill. If you do catch a cough or cold, it’s best to avoid taking any unnecessary medicines. Drink plenty of fluids and eat fresh fruit and vegetables containing vitamin C. Paracetamol is one of the safer options for pain relief, but check with your pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter remedies.

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