Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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SECOND TRIMESTER / WEEK 17

17th Week of Pregnancy

Necessary Nutrients
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Baby's Growth and Development at 17 Weeks Pregnant

Between the 17th week of pregnancy and the 20th week, your baby experiences growth changes.

  • Right now, your baby is about 4½ to 5½ inches long, or about the length of a large orange.
  • Little hiccups continue and you might feel them!
  • When you’re around 17 weeks pregnant, a necessary fat called brown fat develops under your baby’s skin. This will help keep her warm after birth. Later in your pregnancy, additional layers of fat develop.
  • Air passages in your baby’s lungs finish branching.
  • By your 17th week of pregnancy, your baby’s lungs prepare to take in oxygen.
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Your Changing Body at 17 Weeks Pregnant

The good news about the 17th week of pregnancy and beyond is that while your body changes accelerate, early pregnancy symptoms dissipate.

  • By your 17th week of pregnancy, your growing placenta reaches one inch in thickness. Your placenta continues to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your baby and to eliminate waste.
  • You are gaining about one pound a week between the 16th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.
  • When you’re around 17 weeks pregnant, your bones, muscles, and joints begin to change to accommodate your growing body.
  • You also might experience backaches, cramps, swollen legs and ankles, and varicose veins.
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Wellness and Nutrition at 17 Weeks Pregnant

Necessary nutrients: what your body really needs during pregnancy
As you know, eating a balanced diet with colorful, nutritious foods and taking a prenatal supplement significantly impacts you and your baby’s growth and health.

At 17 weeks pregnant, it's important to continue boosting your diet with some specific nutrients that have been shown to provide unique benefits.

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