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Support and information from NCT

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

Your developing baby

At 17 weeks pregnant your baby’s limbs and vital organs are now fully formed.

They can also be very active now, as they start kicking and turning around. They can hear and respond to noises outside your body, so you might want to try talking to them or play soothing music.

Week 17

Itching in pregnancy

You may experience itching in pregnancy caused by increased blood supply to the skin or by stretching of the skin, particularly on your breasts, tummy and thighs. 

Moisturising your skin, wearing loose clothes and avoiding synthetic fibres can help relieve the itching. If you experience severe itching during pregnancy, talk to your midwife or GP, as it may be a sign of something more serious.

Eating out during pregnancy

If this is your first pregnancy, family and friends may well be suggesting that you and your partner enjoy some meals out before the baby comes, but eating out can be tricky for pregnant women.

Some foods are less safe than others for pregnant women as both you and your baby are more vulnerable to food poisoning during this period. Before deciding on any particular restaurant, you can often check out the menu online and see if there are a large range of options from which you can choose.

Maternity leave

If you are an employee, you are entitled to 52 weeks leave, regardless of length of service or the number of hours you have worked. You can work right up until the birth if you want or choose to start your leave earlier, you may also want to share the leave with your partner.


Book an appointment to see your dentist. 

Mums-to be are entitled to free NHS treatment so it is a good idea to have a check up with your dentist.

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 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.


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