17 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Belly, Baby Development, Foods to Eat and Tips

17th Week Pregnancy Highlights

Baby’s Thin Skin

Your baby still has very thin skin that can make blood vessels easily visible. The baby fat will soon start developing to plump up your baby.

Sleep On The Sides!

It is advisable to avoid sleeping on your back since the growing uterus tends to compress the major blood vessels that supply blood to your baby. Sleep on your sides instead.

Pregnancy Milestone

At week 17, you’re in the last leg of the fourth month


Your Baby’s Development
During Week 17
Baby’s Growth

weight (g)

140 g

Length (cm)

13 cm

Approximate size


How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby has become unique with the formation of fingerprints in his/her tiny fingers. Adipose tissue that contributes to body fat starts developing 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.

Baby’s Length: 13 cm

Baby’s Weight: 140 g

Mother’s Changing Body:
What to Expect


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.

17th Week Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy Tips for Week 17

  • 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.

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