Being 17 weeks pregnant, more probably, you have adapted well with the changes happening in your body and managing the symptoms. By now, you are starting to feel really pregnant because your belly hardens and enlarges. It is essential that you make laboratory tests, regular checkups, ultrasound, and taking of vitamins part of your life as you become closer and closer to the big day.
Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 17 of Pregnancy
At week 17 of your pregnancy, you will notice that your abdomen starts to pooch out. More space is provided for your baby as the internal organs start to move around. It involves the intestines being moved towards the walls of your abdomen. Due to this placement, a standing position will make you feel the uterus more than a lying position. Besides this change in the arrangement of your internal organs, below are other things that will happen to your body while you are 17 weeks pregnant.
1. Increased Appetite
At this phase, you are most likely experiencing increase in your appetite. You will find yourself munching on snacks frequently. It is basically because your baby requires more nutrients as he grows inside your womb. Do not get anxious about eating too much. However, stick to a healthy and nutrient-dense diet. Pick foods that are high in fiber and protein. Fiber helps you digest what you consumed while protein provides assists your baby as he builds mass.
2. Indigestion or Heartburn
As previously, you will like eating a lot during this time. Because too much food intake, your digestive system might get overwhelmed and malfunction. Indigestion or heartburn may take place. To prevent this from happening, do not lie down immediately after eating a large meal. In this way, the gastric juices stay in their proper place.
Another gastrointestinal-related occurrence at week 17 is gassiness or flatulence. Your uterus grows larger and may put pressure on the rectal area. Due to this, you might find it difficult to control the group of muscles in that part and may result in involuntary outbursts of gas. One simple solution to this is eating slowly. Eating in a fast manner causes you to take in air which forms into gas sacs in your stomach.
4. Occasional Dizziness
Low blood pressure or lack in Iron can be culprits behind dizziness. Make sure that you are absorbing enough Iron by taking supplements. Your healthcare provider can prescribe you with Iron supplements. Additionally, dehydration can also lead to dizziness. You should keep yourself hydrated by drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water daily.
5. Pain in the Legs
The achy sensation felt in the leg area or also referred to as sciatic nerve pain can be terribly painful for some pregnant women. Your sciatic nerve runs from the lower part of the uterus down to the entire leg, making it the longest and largest nerve in your whole system. Pain in this nerve is usually associated with pressure placed on it because of the growing fetus. The painful feeling can be lessened by not standing in place for a long period of time. When you sleep, you can also place a pillow under your legs for support. This also allows better circulation of blood.
The baby, the amniotic fluid, the placenta and enlarged uterus give you extra weight to carry. This causes your back to experience pain. What you can do is to use a comfortable chair at work and a steady mattress in your home. You can also utilize a cushion such as a pillow for your chair, which you can place behind your back. This helps you keep an appropriate posture. Meanwhile, you can put a board under your bed or mattress to make it firm.
7. Increased Sweating
During this time, you will see that you are sweating more than the usual. Apart from a hot weather, the increase in blood volume accounts for this symptom. As you sweat, you are releasing liquid out of your system so always drink up to prevent dehydration.
8. Stretch Marks
It is during this week that you might see some stretch mars on your belly, legs, and butt area. This pregnancy mark is caused by your genes. If your mother or sister had stretch marks, you are at a great risk of getting them, too. One way of reducing your chances of having them, or at least lessen its extremity, is by obtaining weight at a gradual rate. This makes the stretching of the skin slower.
Your Baby’s Growth at 17th Week of Being Inside your Womb
When you are already 17 weeks pregnant, your baby should measure 5 to 6 inches and weigh approximately 5 ounces. Your baby is now bigger than the placenta. Also, the umbilical cord continue to lengthen and thicken.
The sense of hearing of your little bean has progressed a lot. This means that your baby can be easily startled with loud sounds. Bones have developed on the side of the head thus, your baby’s two ears have rested into their correct positions.
The head is not awkwardly larger than your baby’s body because the arms, as well as the legs have grown in length. These limbs have outgrown the head, making your baby look more normal than he or she previously did.
The adipose tissue also has been built. This stabilizes the baby’s body temperature. Moreover, the vernix which acts as a protective layer on your baby’s skin has been developed. Tiny cartilages have hardened and transformed into bones. These bones, however, will remain still soft and flexible so that your baby can travel easily through your birth canal during the delivery time. If you are having a baby boy, you shall expect him to have prostate glands during this week of conception.
Your baby’s heart makes 140 to 150 beats per minute, as it is being regulated by the brain. Also, he or she is practicing swallowing and sucking, two of the most important survival skills needed at birth.