Expecting mothers will feel much at ease in the 17th week of pregnancy with baby developing at a fast pace. Find out what to expect and how to deal with symptoms associated with pregnancy in the 17th week.
Dealing with pregnancy seems a lot easier as time passes. The symptoms associated with pregnacy do not seem to bother you much like before. In the 17th week you are gradually beginning to show that you are pregnant. Ultrasound check-ups and tests have now become a part of your routine life.
Well, you should be able to identify movements this week, if you have not already as all joints of foetus are completely ready and he or she is certainly in action. The foetus can now hear all sounds outside your body and some could even startle him or her and make him or her jump. The chest muscles are also moving to the rhythm of his or her respiration. In fact, all limbs and muscles of the foetus are fully formed. His or her skin is developing quite well and tiny little toenails and fingernails are making their appearance.
Your baby now measures a little over seven inches or 18cm. and already weighs more than the placenta.
Your Baby’s Development at 17th Week
Your baby in the 17th week weighs around 150gms and is about the size of your palm. He or she has developed a face that looks more like a human now. He or she has also started growing his or her lashes and eyebrows. He or she can now move around his or her eyes even though the lids are still closed.
Heartbeat of your little one is now being regulated by his or her brain and it may appear irregular now. You can expect around 150 beats in a minute.
His or her fingers and toes are taking a unique pattern at this stage. The fingerprints that the foetus develops, shall last for the rest of her life.
Your Health at the 17th Week of Pregnancy
The first time moms generally enjoy this phase while feeling the exciting movements of their babies. This is the time when you can start connecting with her. Baby's movements are often described as fluttering of a butterfly or bubbles in the tummy. In course of time, these shall turn into kicks for your baby.
By this time, you shall feel less tired and more energetic. Make sure to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle pattern. If you are performing the pelvic floor exercises, do them under supervision of a certified expert.
Your fluctuating oestrogen levels may lead to migraine headaches, which are very common at this stage. It is better not to rely on migraine drugs at this time. The best thing that you can do is, avoid the triggers like chocolates, coffee, loud noise, and bright lights and try to get uninterrupted sleep.
Inform your First Child and Family
This is the right time when you can introduce your first born to the unborn child developing inside you. To ensure she is not disturbed by the news of arrival of another child; you can involve her in shopping and ask her to lend his or her hand in arranging the house.
If you have not yet spread the news of your pregnancy among your close friends and family, it is the time to do so. They shall be glad to know that you are involving them in your pregnancy. In case you are expecting twins, you can ask your caregivers and relatives about recommendation on double joggers and strollers.
Anxiety in the 17th Week of Pregnancy
If you feel stressed and suddenly worried for no apparent reasons, take it easy! This is absolutely normal and every pregnant woman experiences them at some point or the other. You need to focus more on your pregnancy to overcome this all encompassing feeling. Since worrying many cause harm to your pregnancy, do whatever keeps you happy and engaged.
It is very important that you speak out your fears to your doctor and midwife. Do not think about the way you will be judged, as the questions that you might think is silly may be those that play on the minds of all the expecting mothers.
If you have fears concerning your delivery, you can bring them up in your next anomaly scan. Pregnancy is highly precious and do not spoil your time worrying. Reassurances from the experts shall surely lessen the stress and concerns going rounds in your head.
What can mothers expect at 17th week of pregnancy? What kinds of developments take place in the foetus by the 17th week of pregnancy? Which health issues can be observed during the 17th week of pregnancy? Discuss here.
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