17 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Baby Size, Baby Weight, Belly Size, What to Expect
17 Weeks Pregnant: Baby Size, Symptoms, Baby Weight, Belly Size, What to Expect
Your baby is now the
size of a pear.
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.
At week 17, you’re in the last leg of the fourth month
Your Baby’s Development During Week 17
Week 17 Baby’s Growth
How Big is 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
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.
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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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