Seventeen Weeks pregnant
17 Weeks of Pregnancy
How many months?
If in the case, you’re 17 weeks pregnant, you’re in 4th
month of your pregnancy. Here you are in second trimester. Many women still
have some confusion about their pregnancy. So, we have some information about
their baby growth, their body changes during pregnancy.
Your baby is now growing at good pace. At this week, baby is
about the size of a large onion. His body length is about 13cm (5.12inch) and
he weighs around 0.14 kg (4.94oz).
Your baby is almost doubled in weight from the last two
Growth of the baby
During this week, fat starts to develop in baby’s body. This
fat helps the baby in maintaining his body’s heat production and metabolism.
Baby is practicing more and more skills which he required
later (out your womb).
The cartilage starts changing into bones of his limbs. After
that, bones will keep harden and fuse into their early years of life.
During this week, baby is developing sweat glands. Though,
baby is not actually sweating. It can take few weeks for all the glands to
develop in his body.
Sucking and swallowing:
Now your baby is getting prepared for the sucking and
ingesting for the survival outside the womb or those activities of eating milk
from the breast or the bottle.
Many of them, start sucking their thumbs in the womb.
The umbilical cord is one of the most important parts which
connect your baby to the placenta. It can be considered as the lifeline for
your fetus. Because, It is the one which carries nutrients and other food,
necessary for your fetus.
It has three vessels; a vein that carries blood rich in
oxygen and nutrients for the baby and two arteries that carry blood from the
baby to the placenta. These arteries contain waste products such as carbon
dioxide from the baby’s metabolism.
It is getting thicker and longer during this week.
During this week, your baby’s fingerprints start forming.
Within the next week, the pads on your baby’s fingertips and toes will turn out
to be more adorned with fully individual swirl and creases, also called fingerprints.
Your baby is now begin to cover him with the coating of
vernix – which is a waxy substance that contains antioxidants, as well as anti-infection and anti-inflammatory
properties. This coating will protect your baby from all infections after the
Regulation of the heart
Baby’s heart is now much more regulated than earlier. This
means that his heart is not beating randomly, about twice as fast as yours.
Your baby’s sense of hearing is also developing this week.
As the ears have almost fully formed and have already taken their positioned.
Your baby starts forming fat tissue or adipose. This will help
in keeping your baby’s body warm and maintain metabolism.
Sweating and Warming:
Most of the women normally experience warming and sweating
more in this weeks. This is because of increased blood flow in woman’s body.
There is pregnancy hormone progesterone also makes your
small blood vessels in the skin called capillaries more relaxed and expand to
become fuller. This causes the attachment to skin’s surface refers to as
This process and fast metabolism additionally increased your
body temperature. You can use single sheet while sleeping in winters also.
Several women observe the changes in their vaginal
discharge. Pregnancy hormones can cause the vaginal pH more alkaline and
causing women prone to annoying infections such as thrush or gardnerlla.
Over-the-counter drugs and medication:
During these modern days, pregnant women have become more
alert or aware of the substances they intake or use more often. But in this
condition many of the home remedies they find in the kitchen or products they
buy normally through retail shops may be unsafe. So be careful about what you
are taking and eating.
This is traditional herb that has been accepted as a possible
uterine tonic for childbirth. It is surveyed that up to 20% of the pregnant
women take some type of raspberry leaf extract during their pregnancy or after
the birth. But most of the caregivers don’t suggest it until 33 to 34 weeks.
Dietary therapy treat the patient by using proper diet and
hence avoid diseases or discomfort. It is based on the fact that problem can be
due to deficiency of vitamins and minerals making immune system weak.
Several health disorders can be treated involves
infertility, miscarriage, diabetes, postnatal depression, anxiety and illness.
Many women considered that the second trimester not only
give relief form sickness but also increased more appetite. So don’t get
surprised if you all of the sudden start feeling hungry. But take care of what
you eat, don’t get careless.
Now if you are wondering about your increased appetite, then
the simple answer of that is your developing baby. With the size of the baby,
the appetite is also increasing. You gain weight with this pregnancy and
accurate measurement of gaining weight you can take from your practitioner. He
or she can also help you to gain healthy weight.
Braxton Hicks contractions:
Your body starts preparing for labor as you are moving
towards your due date. Braxton Hicks contractions are practice contractions you
may feel in these weeks. They give feeling like tightening across your belly.
But these are irregular. If these contractions are getting more severe or
intense, call your healthcare provider.
During these weeks and sometime later, most of the women
start feeling the kicks from the baby. It may feel like gas or vomiting to you
at early stage, but later you begin to identify it. It is called quickening. It
is considered second most important event in pregnant woman’s life.
Now your body is releasing extra melanin because of
increased estrogen. This can make a mask of pregnancy on your face or the line
of pregnancy down your belly. It is thick dark line down the center of the
belly called linea nigra. But it removes itself after birth.
Many of the women get rid of this morning sickness in this
second trimester. But there is chances that it can be go longer in this
trimester. You may be at risk of dehydration and malnutrition. So it is better
to consult from your medical care provider.
During pregnancy, most of your body is stretching more and
more. Due to this you can get some lines like tiger strips. But there is
nothing you can use for these stretches and lines. What you can do is keep
hydrating your body and lotion up it regularly. With the passage of the time
these will fade.