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You are almost a month into your second trimester and the chances are that you are showing your precious baby belly at week 17. As your uterus continues to grow, the organs will have to shift and adjust a little to make room for your growing baby.

Week 17 – Pregnancy Development, Symptoms, and More

You are almost a month into your second trimester and the chances are that you are showing your precious baby belly at week 17. As your uterus continues to grow, the organs will have to shift and adjust a little to make room for your growing baby.

If you haven’t made the announcement yet. I guess this is the best time as your friends and family will be able to tell at a glance that you are pregnant. Also, if you are lucky enough to know the gender of your baby from your 16th-week ultrasound, see if you want a baby gender reveal with your friends and family or not.

How many months are 17 weeks?

At the 17th week, you are in your 4th month of pregnancy. Most of your first trimester symptoms have fled, which leaves you more energized and with a better appetite. Watch your weight and aim for a healthy pregnancy whilst enjoying it. Have fun and enjoy your pregnancy because only 5 months or 23 weeks are left to go.

Baby Development

Your baby is developing and advancing in many skills that your baby will need to survive in the world outside the womb. Your baby is and will be focusing on perfecting the survival reflexes in the womb before the awaited debut into the big world. Moving around and having fun in the womb is still your little one’s favorite pastime.

How big is your baby at week 17?

Week 17 pregnancy

Your baby is as big as a pear or a pomegranate. The baby measures 5- 5 ¾ inches long and weighs around 5 ounces.

Solidifying the bones

The bones of the baby were in development for the last few weeks. From this week the soft cartilage is forming into solid bones. Solidifying the bones will help the baby to move its hands and feet with more control.

Fat is forming

The baby is forming a layer of fat called adipose, all around the body. Earlier, the lanugo was helping the baby to keep warm. As the baby is growing rapidly, the layer of body fat will keep the baby warm in the womb and regulate a better metabolism. With the layer of fat growing, soon the transparent baby skin will get opaque.

Fingerprints begin to form

With fingers, fingernails, toes, and toenails all under tremendous development, the baby will soon be developing the individual fingerprints. Amazingly, these fingerprints will be unique to your little one. The pattern and the shape of the fingerprint will not change on their own when the baby grows. These fingerprints will only become more prominent over time.

Heart and brain are linked

Another development that brings your baby a step closer to a more humanly lifestyle. The heart is controlled by the baby’s brain. This means, there will be no random heartbeats. The brain is also developing at a mega speed. With this heart-brain connection, the brain will slowly gain control over the heart neurologically, biochemically, biophysically, and energetically.

Your Belly at week 17

Not just your belly but your body is growing as the increased blood flow all over your body helps in storing more fat. At 17 weeks, your uterus is as big as a cantaloupe (sweet melon). The uterus is lengthening and becoming more rounder to accommodate the growing baby.

As soon as the week 17, the organs will begin to shift to make room for the growing uterus. Around 17-18 weeks, the uterus will push the intestines more towards the side of the abdomen which will probably cause some gastrointestinal tract (GI) issues for you.

Your uterus can be felt 3-4 inches below your belly button.

Pregnancy Symptoms

There are so many changes that your body is going through at this time. With bigger breasts, increasing weight, growing appetite, vaginal discharges, foggy brain, skin pigmentations, weird dreams, mood swings and so much more, it is normal for you to feel tired and irritated by everything.

Don’t let yourself drown in depression and negative thoughts. Pick yourself up and pamper yourself or do something that you love. Talking to your partner, trusted family member, or a non-judge close friend is also a great idea to vent about the things which are disturbing you.

Taking care of your physical and mental health is undoubtedly the most important thing in every circumstance. Even if it gets tough, try to think positive and enjoy whenever you can.

Some of the new symptoms showing up this week may be:

Allergies flaring up

Currently, the only thing your immune system is focused on protecting the baby. Which might leave you out in the open. You are very vulnerable and at a high risk of catching an infection, flu or flaring up your allergies.

Talk to your doctor about what you are going through and see if a medication can help you out in decreasing allergic reactions. Also, avoid things that may cause an allergy or foods you shouldn’t eat during pregnancy.

Gastrointestinal Problems

The uterus is pushing aside your intestines to make some room for the growing baby. Of course, you are deemed to face some heartburn, gas, indigestion, and constipation.

These symptoms might stay till the end of your pregnancy and also may increase as the pregnancy progresses. Eat healthily, indulge in self-care, and exercise can decrease the discomfort to a large extent. Eat high fiber foods, stay hydrated, and take a 10 min walk regularly.

Sciatic nerve aches

The growing baby puts pressure on all your nerves. Such pressures may lead to sciatic nerve aches. It’s a pain that travels through the sciatic nerve – the longest nerve in your body. The pain usually starts from the lower back and radiates through the hips down to each leg. The pain usually travels to one leg side at a time.

If you feel such pain, try lying on the other side which is not affected by the pain. Drink lots of water and always exercise even if it’s only for 10 mins, 3-4 times a week.

Nasal congestion

Many women experience a stuffy or congested nose during pregnancy. Hormones like estrogen and an increased blood flow can cause a congested nose. With a congested nose and silly hormones comes a deep or sexy voice. You or your partner might notice a change in your voice. That’s because the hormones have made some temporary changes to your vocal cords and nasal airways causing your voice to be deep.

Another thing your partner might notice in you is that you are probably now snoring. It is so common for pregnant women to snore during sleep. The congestion and the dryness in your nasal passage can lead to snoring. Try using a humidifier or use nasal drops to ease the discomfort.

Things to do this week:

  1. Work on your baby registry
  2. Start planning on the design for your baby nursery if you wish to have one
  3. Schedule your 20th-week ultrasound if you haven’t already
  4. Exercise at least thrice this week. There are plenty of prenatal exercise routines available

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When to call a doctor

The risk of miscarriage drops significantly in the second trimester. Still, it is important to take good care of yourself and alert the doctor of any of your out of place experiences, which may also include:

  1. Abnormal bleeding with severe pelvic cramps
  2. Vaginal discharge which is a foul odor, ill-colored (yellow, green, or brown), and accompanied by a rash
  3. Severe swelling in your hands and feet
  4. Pelvic cramps that last more than 12 hours
  5. Severe sciatic nerve pain
  6. Flaring allergy with intensity

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