Week 17 of pregnancy: Mother and Babies development and changes


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Baby’s Development: Skeleton Formation and Growth

At this stage of pregnancy, your baby’s skeleton is actively forming and hardening, while a layer of fat begins to develop under their skin. Meanwhile, your organs are shifting to accommodate your growing uterus, potentially leading to pregnancy-related symptoms such as constipation.

Baby’s Growth: Reaching Milestones

By week 17, your baby measures approximately 17cm in length. Their kidneys are functioning efficiently, allowing them to urinate several times a day. Interestingly, their urine is filtered back to you through the placenta, managed by your body. Additionally, your baby’s hearing is improving day by day. Some fortunate mothers may even feel the early fluttering movements of their baby, who may respond to sudden loud noises from the outside world.

Managing Pregnancy Symptoms: Combating Constipation

Constipation is a common issue during pregnancy and may become more troublesome as your baby grows. A diet rich in fiber can help alleviate this discomfort. Incorporate high-fiber foods into your meals and snack on fruits and vegetables between meals. Opt for oat or bran cereal for breakfast and include whole-grain bread, wholemeal pasta, pulses, and jacket potatoes to boost fiber intake. Hydration is crucial for preventing constipation, so aim for at least 2 liters of water daily. Fruit juices or smoothies can contribute to your fluid intake as well.

Dental Health: Addressing Gum Sensitivity

Pregnancy hormones can affect the soft tissues in your body, leading to softer and more sensitive gums. Practice gentle brushing and consider using a softer toothbrush. Don’t forget to floss regularly. If you experience soreness or bleeding gums, consult your dentist for appropriate care and advice.

Seeking Support and Advice

If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy or birth, our Careline team is available to provide guidance and support. Don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance tailored to your needs and concerns.


Changes Description
Baby’s Development Skeleton forming and hardening. – Layer of fat developing under the skin. – Organs shifting to accommodate growing uterus. – Potential onset of pregnancy-related symptoms like constipation.

Baby at 17 weeks, about 17cm long. – Kidneys functioning well, urinating multiple times daily. – Hearing improving gradually. – Some mothers may feel baby’s movements and notice responses to loud noises.

Managing Pregnancy Symptoms Constipation is common and may worsen as baby grows. – High-fiber diet, adequate hydration, and gentle dental care can alleviate discomfort.

Incorporate fiber-rich foods and fluids into meals and snacks. – Practice gentle brushing and consider softer toothbrushes. – Consult dentist if experiencing gum sensitivity or bleeding.


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