The 17 weeks of pregnancy is the beginning of the fifth month of pregnancy. It is a favorable period that is not clouded by some negative feelings. However, you will have some changes: perhaps there will be bleeding gums, sweating, or profuse vaginal discharge.
Have plenty of rest, go to sleep in time, and do not bother you with unnecessary hassles: then, the beginning of the fifth month of your pregnancy will bring you just positive emotions.
Your baby is as big – As a PEAR
LENGTH – 4.69 in – WEIGHT- 3.66 oz
17 Weeks Pregnant: Signs and Symptoms
Even if something disturbs you: poor sleep due to the lack of habitual postures, or raging heartburn, try not to lose heart. Remember that your baby responds to the mother’s emotions and mood. And your baby’s pushes are the main proofs of it. Talk to your baby, it’s so important to communicate even in this early period.
Have plenty of rest, ask relatives to help you with the housework. There is nothing wrong with the fact that you can not cope with the usual volume of household chores.
If you notice unusual vaginal discharge, you need to visit your doctor. The doctor will collect a swab, which will help to establish the nature of this discharge. Purulent, yellow, or green discharge, as well as discharge with flakes and bad smell, require your special attention. These may be the signs of reproductive tract infections.
Yeast infection may also be aggravated and must be treated. Light, milky discharge, with a slightly sour smell is considered to be the norm.
At this stage, your face may also undergo some changes. Your nose may swell up a little, lips may become bigger, and cheeks may become rosy.
Your belly is increasing significantly, and it is difficult to hide it from others. Sometimes baby’s pushes can be seen, without even touching the mother’s tummy. You have to wear comfortable clothes only, or dyspnea and a feeling of suffocation will be your satellites.
What is Happening Inside of You?
During this period the upper part of the uterus grows. Therefore, this process can cause slight pain. Unfortunately, unpleasant heartburn, shortness of breath, and frequent urination can also accompany this process. But it doesn’t mean that you will have all of these signs.
Yeast infection can appear at the 17th week of pregnancy: a doctor will advise you on measures to combat it. But, in any case, you will have to exclude sweets from your diet.
A woman may notice that her heartbeat has become faster. This happens because the placenta carries nutrients through the vessels. The high activity of the heart can cause bleeding gums, so you have to go to a dentist. Your body may also produce more sweat, but don’t be afraid of this. Take a shower more often, and use a good deodorant without harsh odors.
17 Weeks Pregnancy Ultrasound
At this stage, if the pregnancy goes well, a doctor does not refer you for an ultrasound without any special indications.
Fetus on the Seventeenth Week of Pregnancy
The immune system of your baby starts to work at this stage, the body begins to produce its immunoglobulin and interferon. Now, in the case of a mother’s disease, a baby has protection.
Your baby is quite active and may get frightened by the sharp sounds sometimes.
The brown fat is already being formed under the skin of your baby, and later it will help to regulate the body temperature. The heart has almost been formed, it copes well with its function. At this stage, the uterus starts to form in girls.
At the 17th week of pregnancy, the rudiments of teeth start to form. The adrenal glands actively produce hormones, the pituitary gland is active. Your kid hears voices and is able to feel all the mother’s emotions.
All these changes in the child’s body structure confirm the correct development of a fetus at the 17th week of your pregnancy.
17 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures
Check out what the bellies look like at the seventeenth week of pregnancy.
Traditions of a “Pregnant” Diet
Heartburn, constipation, flatulence – all these symptoms can occur during this period. And only proper nutrition can help to prevent it. Eat more often but in small portions. Each meal should be useful, it is better to abandon heavy dishes. Your digestive system doesn’t need such heaviness.
Your daily diet should consist of: whole grain bread, cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy products.
Born in Belarus, 1985, a pedagogue and family psychologist, mother. Taking part in procedures of social adaptation of the foster children in new families. Since 2015 is a chief editor of the motherhow.com project, selecting the best and up-to-date material for those, who are planning, expecting, and already having babies.