The 17th Week of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Week by Week – The 17th Week of Pregnancy

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17th Week of Pregnancy is the beginning of the fifth month of your pregnancy. Furthermore, this the time to start making important decisions like whether or not you’re going to find out baby’s sex. If you’re having a baby girl, her ovaries are now developing tiny follicles and she will have around 6 million eggs or so at this stage of your pregnancy!

What to expect at weeks pregnant? What’s going on inside your body?

At the 17th week of pregnancy, you’re supposed to feel extra energetic and less tired. Here are the symptoms you’re probably having at this week;

  • Increased Appetite

This is a normal pregnancy symptom as your baby demands more nourishment so don’t be shy to eat more than your usual meal

  • Stretch Marks

You may notice some stretch marks due to the expansion of your uterus.

  • Heartburn

Many pregnant women experience a burning sensation that rises in your throat, at 17 weeks pregnant, even if it is not harmful

  • Headaches

Many women suffer from occasional headaches during their pregnancy, tell your doctor and don’t take any pills without their consult

  • Vaginal Discharge

You may experience some vaginal discharge at this stage of pregnancy, it’s recommended to check your doctor right away

  • Weird Dreams

Having weird dreams may be caused by your hormones, don’t panic!

  • Cramping

At the 17th week of pregnancy, you may experience cramping as another normal pregnancy symptom

  • Itchy Belly

As your baby grows bigger, your skin is stretching thinner and can become sensitive

 

How big is your baby at 17 weeks pregnant?

At 17 weeks pregnant your baby is as big as a pomegranate, weighing about 5.9 ounces and measuring around 5.1 inches long.

What’s happening with your baby? (Your Baby’s Development) 

Your baby is growing stronger each day; at 17 weeks pregnant, the immune system of your baby starts to work, his or her body begins to produce immunoglobulin and interferon. Now, at this stage, even if the mother got sick the baby will have their own protection system. Your baby is quite active but sharp sounds can frighten them!

17 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Are you ready to find out your baby’s gender? This is so exciting, right? An ultrasound at 17 weeks pregnant will allow you to know and check your baby’s position inside your womb. The ultrasound at 17 weeks is very important for both of you and your baby. In addition, it is an amazing opportunity to feel and see the baby visually and moreover, you can hear your baby’s heart!

Although you’re now in a safe phase of your pregnancy and safe from the miscarriage. It’s always recommended to pay more attention to your health and your lifestyle including the following checklist:

The Checklist for the 17th week of pregnancy:

  • Schedule a prenatal massage
  • Take photos of your bump
  • Plan your maternity leave
  • Have plenty of rest
  • Start planning your baby’s nursery
  • Make a birth plan
  • Join a birth group
  • Include prenatal yoga
  • Include walking or pilates in your routine
  • Take Vitamin C to help you overcome the nose bleeding

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Post Author: Pregnancy House

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