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17 Weeks Pregnant – What You Need to Know

17 Weeks Pregnant – What You Need to Know

At a glance:

  • Baby hair 
  • Bump alert
  • Hello libido!

What’s happening to your baby

Your baby’s body is coated with hair called lanugo, which helps to keep her warm until she has laid down enough fat. She’ll also be covered in vernix – a waxy substance that protects her skin from the amniotic fluid that she’s floating in.

When she’s born, you may see some of the vernix still on her skin, but your midwife will rub most of it off with a towel. 

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What’s happening to you

Your uterus will start to move up above your navel, making your pregnancy more visible – yay, you can start dressing for your bump!

Your ovaries are also releasing a hormone called relaxin. As the name suggests, it relaxes ligaments and joints in your body in preparation for birth when you need the muscles and joints in your pelvis to be flexible to allow your baby out. This loosening of the joints can also increase the risk of you getting backache, and you need to be careful when you exercise as you could strain muscles more easily.

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What you may consider doing 

If early pregnancy tiredness and sickness made the idea of getting jiggy out of the question, you may see a return of your libido. In fact, you may discover *hot sex klaxon* that pregnancy nookie is even better.

It’s thought the increased blood flow to your genitals can make orgasms more intense. You’ll probably be feeling more relaxed now too, so embrace it while it lasts!

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Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99

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