Pregnancy Care, Tips, Guide Week 17, Month 4
Your baby has become unique with the formation of fingerprints in his/her tiny fingers. Adipose tissue that contributes to the body fat develops this week which will regulate the baby’s temperature. Now your baby can yawn, stretch, make facial expressions and listen to loud noises which may even startle your little sweet pea.
This week, the ideal weight of the baby can be approximately 140 grams (close to 5 ounces).
Sailing through the fifth month can be quite smooth as the week 17 symptoms are less upsetting. This week, your pregnant belly grows and pushes the intestine and other internal organs up and outwards to provide space for the uterus and the baby. You may feel a bit more energetic in the second trimester and experience an increased appetite.
You may feel hot even if the room temperature is normal due to the extra blood supply in the body. At this stage, you may experience increased appetite which is a healthy sign that your baby needs nutrition. Some women may develop snoring habit as a symptom of second trimester or have brittle and weak nails. You may also tend to feel dizzy and lightheaded so take extra care during fitness sessions. Some women experience sciatic nerve pain in the legs, increased vaginal discharge, nasal congestion and sweating.
- You can use nasal strips or elevated pillows to avoid snoring and if they don’t help, just let it go; after all it is a pregnancy symptom. If your husband feels uncomfortable, give him a couple of ear buds.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits along with high fiber grains, nuts and milk. This will satisfy your increased appetite and keep a check on your weight gain.
- Do not lie down immediately after eating as it will aggravate your heartburn and gas.
- While getting up from bed, do not stand up too quickly. Try to get up gradually as it will balance your body from fainting.