17 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Ultrasound & Baby Development

17 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, Ultrasound & Baby Development

17 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms: Another week passes, and you’re getting slowly closer to delivering your newborn baby. Here’s what you should expect during the 17 weeks of pregnancy.

Most asked questions: 17 weeks pregnant how many months?
Answer: You are in your 5th month of pregnancy (i.e. 4 Months and 1 Week).

See also: Pregnancy Stages

What’s happening to your body at Week 17?

17 weeks pregnant symptoms

Time is passing, and with it, your belly is growing bigger. To make some room for your growing baby and uterus, your other organs will start moving around. Speaking of the womb, it supper part will begin to lengthen and appear to be more round. It’s also going to push your intestines, making them move towards the side of your belly.

In most cases, women claim that they find it easy to feel their uterus if they are in a standing position. But when lying down, you won’t manage to feel it because it would fall back towards the spine.

Previous week: 16 Weeks of Pregnancy Symptoms

So how much did your baby grow?

When you reach the end of the week, the baby would be weighing around 4 ounces (110 grams) and at the height of about 5 3/4 inches (14,5 cm).

What’s happening to the baby during Week 17 of pregnancy?

Besides becoming longer, the umbilical cord is also growing stronger and thicker. In addition to that, the fetus’ ear should have completely formed by now and took the final position that they’ll be in from this point on.

Also, the baby at this point is forming fat tissue or adipose which gives newborns they’re characteristic fine features. It doesn’t go without saying that fat is also essential for regulating the metabolism and the temperature of the body.

How should you plan out this week?

It’s quite possible that you’ve noticed that your allergies if you have any, are arising more frequently than usual. Well, you have nothing to fear as its quite ordinary for a pregnant lady. If your thinking about doing something about it, it’s recommended that you talk with your healthcare provider before taking any medication.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any safe medications that you can use for allergies if they start to become too irritating. But just make sure that your healthcare provider is giving you the approval before you act.

A few tips to make things easier

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Have you been suffering from frequent pain in your legs? If the answer is yes, then you may have to have what’s known as sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve runs under your uterus and is the largest nerve in your entire body. It gives the motor and sensory function to your legs. The pain that the sciatic nerve may be causing is said to be related to the growth of the baby and the pressure that ‘s being applied on the nerve because of that growth.

A few tips for the partner

Helping out doesn’t always have to do with the now. You can always think ahead. Raising a child can bring with it some expenses. Planning it out can significantly help. So maybe start looking into college funds, for example, to make things more comfortable in the future. It might not be enough for college. But 18 years worth of saving can certainly help out.

Next Week: 18 Weeks of Pregnancy (Symptoms and Ultrasound)