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Guide Happy parents

infant

number of advice: 20

toddler

number of advice: 18

junior

number of advice: 15

Week 17

advice in category: pregnancy

Now your body changes. The uterus starts to grow bigger and higher, your breasts are a size bigger again, and little veins are visible through their delicate skin. During this week you may feel hardening and tension of myometrium. These are so called Braxton Hicks contractions and they prepare the muscle for the labour. These contractions are not painful and usually last for 30 seconds. When you experience them, try to lie down and rest or stand up and walk a little.

Your baby in this week:
Now the baby is about 13 cm long and weights 100 grams. First fat tissue (brown) appears in order to keep body temperature after the baby’s birth. The brain is developed. The heart beats intensively, twice as fast as yours! If it’s a baby girl, this week the uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina and vulva are formed. If it’s a boy, the penis is formed and prostate starts to develop. Your baby’s favourite toy now is… the umbilical cord. The baby intensively practices its grasp reflex on it.

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Week 18

Your baby senses your emotions, so smile as often as possible!

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Week 19

If you go for an ultrasonography this week, you will probably be able to find out your baby’s sex.

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Week 20

You are half way through! The baby weights 260 grams and is 16 cm long!

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