Week 17


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Pregnancy week 17

Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

At 17 weeks pregnant your baby’s limbs and vital organs are now fully formed so they will just continue growing in size. They will be growing eyebrows and eyelashes and maybe even some hair on their head.

They will also be very active now – babies at this stage like to kick, punch and turn around in the uterus. They can hear and respond to noises outside the uterus, so you might want to try talking to them or play soothing music.

Don’t worry if you can’t feel their movements just yet, this will normally happen in a few weeks time, but rest assured they're having a ball in there!

At 17 weeks pregnant your bump will be growing in size to accommodate your growing baby so you may very well be showing now. The symptoms of early pregnancy should now be going but you maybe be suffering other niggles and discomforts of pregnancy such as heartburn, constipation or itching. Severe itching may be the sign of a problem, such as obstetric cholestasis, so tell your midwife or GP.

When you're pregnant, mealtimes can seem a bit of a minefield but it is important to keep healthy during pregnancy. This includes being careful with what you eat. It is important to eat healthily as you will be providing your baby with all the nutrients he or she needs to grow and develop, therefore you must make sure you are eating the right things at the right time.

Some bacteria can cause serious infections as you’re more vulnerable to food-borne infections when you’re pregnant, so you’ll want to be extra careful about what you eat. NCT has lots of information on this to help you make informed decisions about keeping healthy.

Some of our other services

Our helpline offers practical and emotional support in many areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700.

We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.