Pregnancy Week 17

Your baby is now at 14 weeks gestation and is about 4 1/2 inches long from crown to rump (5 1/2 inches head to toe) and weighs about 3 ounces. Your baby can now move his or her limbs and the movements become coordinated. From now on, the baby will continue to grow and refine his or her features. The baby has fingernails, toenails and its own unique fingerprints and footprints!

Your baby’s eyes are now more forward rather than to the side of the head. Slow eye movements begin about now. As your baby continues to grow rapidly, he adds blinking to his list of reflexes.

Advice for Mom

Have you heard of cholasma (‘the mask of pregnancy’)? This is where irregular pigment deposits can occur on your face. Avoid sunbathing as this can emphasize this temporary condition.

You may start to feel some swelling in your hands and feet. Combat this by drinking lots of fluids.

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