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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 17

How big is your baby?
The crown to rump length is now up to 13cm (5.12 inches) and the weight is now around 140g (4.94 ounces), which is double what it was 2 weeks ago.
How is your baby developing and growing
There is a definite change in the appearance of your baby and he/she is beginning to look more human like. This week will show lots of growth and development, especially as your babys weight will increase six time over the course of the next four weeks.
By this stage of your pregnancy you should have felt your baby move, if you haven't yet then you should feel him move within the next few weeks. There are certain factors which may make it difficult to feel your baby move, such as position of the placenta - but at some stage over the next few weeks you should feel baby move.

At this stage of your pregnancy one of the main symptoms which you may still be feeling the effects of is fatigue. If you are still feeling sleepy then it should start to improve over the next few weeks. Moderate exercise is one of the methods you can use to combat fatigue - and this will hold other benefits for both you and your baby.
How big are you?
Your uterus is now about 2 inches (5cm) below your bellybutton. You are now showing quite a bit and there is an obvious swelling in your lower abdomen. By this time maternity clothing is a must for comfort sake, as you would have probably gained about 5-10 pounds (2.3-4.6 kg) by now.
Your nutrition
There are women who choose to go with a vegetarian diet throughout their pregnancy, as many women are nauseated by the smell or taste of meat. There is no real problem with doing this, however, it then becomes important for you to play close attention to the combination of foods that you choose to eat.
Your body
You may notice that your breasts have changed considerably since your pregnancy began. Hormones are preparing your breasts for milk production - more blood is flowing to the breasts, and the glands that produce milk are growing in preparation for breastfeeding.
This can increase your breast size (many women increase one to two cup sizes) and cause veins to become visible. Buy supportive bras in a variety of sizes to accommodate your breast growth during pregnancy.

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