17 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Can Hear Now

week 17

Starting this week you will begin to steadily gain weight every week. You are evidently looking pregnant and starting to show. Your growing belly has changed your centre of gravity and you may suddenly start feeling off balance. Don’t panic, it’s quite normal. Be do be wary of your step and avoid wearing high heels. It will be a wise decision to switch to flats or low-heeled shoes. While your body is constantly changing to meet the demanding foetus’ requirements, let’s see how the baby is progressing.

Read: Is it OK to Wear High Heels When You’re Pregnant?

Baby’s Developments at week 17

Your baby is growing rapidly – increasing in weight and height. It now weighs twice as much as it was two weeks ago. It’s now about the size of your palm and weighs about 150 grams and measures 5 ¾ inches.

  • Baby’s face looks totally human
  • The brain has started to regulate baby’s heartbeat
  • Adipose – the fat tissue – which is beginning to form will fill out the baby’s features
  • The ears are fully developed and your baby can hear your voice. He or she may even be startled by loud noises!
  • Baby’s eyes which are in position, can make side to side movements
  •  Sweat glands are beginning to develop
  • Your baby’s unique fingerprints are beginning to develop now
  • Until now, your baby’s developing bones were soft. This week, they begin to harden, or ossify. Some of the first bones to ossify are those in the clavicles and the legs.
  • The umbilical cord is growing thicker and stronger

What’s happening in your body?

You may notice that your breasts have changed considerably since your pregnancy began. Hormones are preparing your breasts for milk production – more blood is flowing to the breasts and the glands that produce milk are growing in preparation for breastfeeding. This can increase your breast size (many women increase one to two cup sizes) and cause veins to become visible. Buy supportive bras in a variety of sizes to accommodate your breast growth during pregnancy.

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  • As your uterus continues to grow, it appears more rounded this week and begins to push the intestines upwards
  • With food aversions making a disappearance, you’ll be ready to devour truckloads of food. While frequent hunger pangs are totally normal, make eating healthy food your top priority to avoid unwanted weight gain.
Read: Pregnancy & Weight Gain
  •  A sudden rush of increased blood supply to the body, could make your feel hot and flushed.
  • You’ll notice that the veins in your legs have become more visible. You could be prone to varicose veins, if there’s a history in your family or if you’ve experienced it in your previous pregnancy.
  • Your legs and back may begin to hurt if you stand for long hours. This is because your legs are carry all extra the weight of your body.
  • You may find your nails becoming brittle and flaky. If you’re planning to use a nail hardener, do make sure the surrounding is well-ventilated to avoid inhaling the fumes.
Read: Is it Safe to take OTC Drugs When You’re Pregnant?

Things to keep in mind

  • Avoid jerky or sudden movements while sitting down or getting up from a lying position. This could lead to a sudden drop your blood pressure and increase the risk of fainting.
  • Break-up your meals into five or six small ones, rather than 3 big meals. This will keep you away from indigestion or heartburn
  • Drinking tap water is good for your baby; the fluoride content in the water helps in your baby’s teeth and enamel development
  • Don’t take OTC drugs without consulting your doctor
  • If you’re in the habit of wearing high heels, this is a good time to switch to flats or low-heeled footwear

Tip for Pregnancy Week 17

Will your baby be a boy or a girl? This ancient chart is supposed to predict your child's gender, based upon your age and the month of conception!
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