Pregnancy Week 17
The 17th week of pregnancy is an exciting milestone. The baby has now reached a size similar to that of a mushroom. Babies can respond to sound and touch, and the mother may be experiencing some physical changes, such as increased energy and greater appetite.
By this stage of pregnancy, fetal development is continuing at a rapid pace. The baby is now about 5 inches (12.7 cm) long and has a crown-to-rump length of 5.8 inches (14.6 cm). The baby weighs in at about 5 ounces (142 grams).
The baby’s features are becoming more and more distinct. The eyes have moved to the front of the head and the eyelids have begun to form. Fingerprints are forming, and the baby’s arms and legs are growing longer. The baby’s taste buds are now developed and the baby can sense sound and touch. The baby is also producing its own white blood cells to fight infections.
At 17 weeks, the mother may be feeling more energetic and less fatigued, as her hormones are more balanced. Cravings and aversions to certain foods may still exist, and the mother’s appetite may be increasing as the baby grows.
The mother may also be feeling the baby’s movements more frequently. The baby will move more often, as it is now vigorously exercising its arms and legs inside the womb. The mother may feel a “fluttering” sensation, similar to butterflies in the stomach. Morning sickness and nausea may still be present, although less severe at this stage.
Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
Women who are in the 17th week of pregnancy should follow the below tips to maintain their and their baby’s health during this period:
- Visit your doctor or midwife and complete lab tests as recommended.
- Eat healthy and nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and proteins.
- Stay physically active, such as going for walks or doing yoga.
- Drink plenty of fluids, such as water and herbal teas.
- Get enough rest and sleep.
- Reduce stress, through relaxation techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises.
Learning more about pregnancy and the changes that occur during this time can help to make the experience much more enjoyable.
Pregnancy can be an exciting and transformative journey for many women. Being informed about the changes in the body as the baby grows can lead to a much better experience and outcome for both the mother and baby.
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