Your pregnancy and baby guide : You and your baby at 17 weeks pregnant

Your baby's development

By the time you're 17 weeks pregnant, your baby is growing quickly and now weighs around 150g.

The face begins to look much more human, and eyebrows and eyelashes are beginning to grow. Your baby's eyes can move now, although the eyelids are still shut, and the mouth can open and close.

The lines on the skin of the fingers are now formed, so the baby already has thier own individual fingerprints. Fingernails and toenails are growing, and the baby has a firm hand grip.


You at 17 weeks

You'll be offered ultrasound scans in pregnancy, including the mid-pregnancy anomaly scan offered between 18 weeks and 21 weeks and 6 days. You might hear some people call this the "20 week scan".

When you're pregnant, the safest approach to alcohol in pregnancy is not to drink it at all. Your baby cannot process alcohol as well as you can, and it can seriously affect their development.

Bleeding from the vagina may be a sign of serious problems, so seek help if you experience vaginal bleeding in pregnancy.

Find out what foods to avoid in pregnancy and how to have a healthy diet.

Top of Page

Things to think about

Find out about the options of where to give birth.

Learn about tiredness and sleep in pregnancy.

Exercise and keeping active in pregnancy is good for you and your baby. Find out what's safe and when you should take care.

If you lose your baby, it's very important that you have all the support you need. Support is available from your care team and other organisations. Find out more about miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and stillbirth.

You can print a pregnancy to-do list to keep track of all the essentials for your pregnancy.

Top of Page

Start4Life has more about you and your baby at 17 weeks of pregnancy.

You can sign up for Start4Life's weekly emails for expert advice, videos and tips on pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Top of Page

Go back to the top of this page