Pregnancy Week 17 / Second Trimester

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Week 17

What happens to you?

Your secretions all over your body may increase, due to the increased blood volume.  If you are sweating more, have nasal congestion, or are suffering from increased vaginal discharge this is nothing to worry about.  It will go away after the baby is born.

It's possible that you may occasionally feel faint or dizzy.  Many women during pregnancy experience fluctuations in their blood pressure when they stand up too quickly or when they stand in one place for too long.  You may be having these little dizzy spells yourself or feeling as if you might faint.  Stand up slowly and hold onto something until you are sure you feel all right.  If you feel faint, sit down again.  If you are in a situation where you must stand still for a long time, periodically take a few steps or insist on a break where you can sit down.  If this dizziness or faintness happens very often, be sure to check with your doctor.

What happens to the baby?

The baby is forming fat deposits under its skin.  By the end of pregnancy this will account for 2-6% of the total body weight.  This fat will help the baby maintain its body temperature when they are born.  The baby weighs in at about 5 ounces (142 grams).  Loud noises may actually cause the baby to startle.

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