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.
At week 17, you’re in the last leg of the fourth month
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
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.
Increased Body Heat
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, partly due to the growing belly and partly due to change in sleep position.
As the growing belly shifts your center of gravity, it could leave you feeling dizzy and lightheaded. So take extra care during fitness sessions. Wear flat footwear as heels can make you fall during your bouts of unsteadiness.