At 17 weeks pregnant, you and your little one are continuing on an amazing journey! As the baby continues to grow steadily, so does your body. This week, there are many changes happening for both you and baby that will bring a range of emotions. Excitement, anticipation, nervousness, and joy — you name it!
Let’s take a look at what to expect for you and your little one.
Your Baby at Week 17
This week, your baby is about the size of a pomegranate and continues to grow as they begin to form teeth! Their bones are getting stronger and their heart rate is increasing. Your little one’s organs have developed enough as well!
This week, your baby can already hear your voice, so start talking to them and telling them stories. They’ll also be able to move their eyes, but those stay shut for now.
Your little one is starting to form their unique fingerprints too. How exciting is that?
Your Body at Week 17
You can expect new and old symptoms to appear or intensify this week. Here are some symptoms and changes to look forward to:
Fatigue and Sleeping Problems
Your increased energy levels might have gone down a bit, and you’ll feel like you need more sleep. It’s normal during pregnancy!
Round Ligament Pain
You might also experience round ligament pain, which is caused by the increased weight and size of your uterus. This kind of pain can be felt in your lower abdomen or groin area.
Increase in Appetite
Your appetite is likely to increase this week as well, and you’ll want to eat more small, healthy meals throughout the day.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
You might be feeling Braxton Hicks contractions this week. Don’t be alarmed — these are harmless contractions that your uterus makes during pregnancy to prepare for labor.
Constipation and Bloating
You may also be dealing with constipation and bloating due to the changing hormones. You can try the following:
- Drink lots of water
- Exercise regularly
- Eat fiber-rich foods
Your breasts will be sore and swollen due to increased milk production. Wear a supportive bra at all times and use cold packs to reduce the discomfort.
Your feet may also be swollen due to the increased fluid in your body. Elevate your feet and wear comfortable shoes to help with the swelling.
Mask of Pregnancy
You may be experiencing a mask of pregnancy, which is a darkening of the skin on your forehead, cheeks and nose. If so, don’t worry! This is perfectly normal and will go away after pregnancy.
You may also have shinier hair due to the increased hormone levels. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Swollen and Bleeding Gums
Your gums may be swollen and bleed easily due to the changing hormones. Practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.
How to Prepare for Your 17th Week of Pregnancy
It’s time to get ready for this coming new seven days! Here are some tips for preparing for the 17th week of your pregnancy:
Exercise regularly to keep your body in shape and build strong muscles. This will help you feel better and prepare your body for labor.
You can also try focusing on pelvic floor exercises, which will strengthen your pelvic muscles for labor.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eat nutritious meals and snacks to keep you and your baby healthy. Choose fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains for the best results.
Make Lifestyle Changes
If you haven’t already, now is the time to make excellent lifestyle changes. Doing so will help you stay healthy for the rest of your pregnancy. You can begin with the following:
- Quit smoking and drinking
- Get high quality sleep
- Practice relaxation techniques
- Stay away from stressful situations
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Pregnancy can be difficult. You need to take care of your mental health so can cope with the countless changes happening around you. Talk to your partner, family members, or friends for support. You can also make an appointment with a therapist if needed.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
Set aside time for yourself every day and do something that you enjoy. It will help you stay happy and stress-free during your pregnancy. You can try these activities:
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Take a relaxing bath
You should also take care of yourself. For example, use a moisturizing lotion to keep your skin hydrated.
Attend Ante-Natal Classes
Consider attending ante-natal classes to prepare for the birth of your baby. These classes will teach you about the following:
- Labor and delivery
- Newborn care
- Postpartum recovery
By attending these classes, you’ll be better prepared for labor and caring for your baby once they are born.
Attend Your Doctor’s Appointments
Go to all your doctor’s appointments so that your baby is monitored closely. This will help you make sure everything is going as it should and that you and your baby stay healthy.
Your doctor will answer all your questions about pregnancy and your baby. In addition, they will give advice on how to stay healthy during the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
During your doctor’s appointments, you can expect the following:
- Measurement of your baby’s growth rate
- Fetal heart rate monitoring
- Ultrasound scans
- Blood pressure and urine tests
Your doctor will also do the following:
- Review your medical history
- Discuss your health concerns
- Answer your pregnancy questions
Sex at Pregnancy Week 17
Sex is safe during pregnancy. So, there’s no reason not to enjoy it if you and your partner both feel comfortable. However, if you experience any discomfort or bleeding, dial your doctor right away.
As always, use protection to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
To Wrap Up
Congratulations! You’re 17 weeks pregnant and well into your second trimester. By now, you may be feeling the physical effects of pregnancy. You should also start making lifestyle changes to prepare for your baby’s arrival. Share the news on your Facebook page or other social media sites if you like!
Have any questions or concerns during this time? Talk to your provider and let them guide you. Enjoy the next few weeks and stay healthy!