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17'th Week of Pregnancy

17 week Pregnant
  • As the weeks pass by, your baby's features will evolve. You will be eager enough to know about the developments of your baby!! By now, you would be quite comfortable with your pregnancy and the Changes in Your body.

Changes in You
  • As you approach the 17th week, you will look more beautiful!! You will get the pregnancy glow, a radiance that comes due to the flow of extra blood onto your skin.And the good news is that you may soon feel that sweet kick on your tummy!! Yup, you will start experiencing a lot of baby's movements, soon!! Sometimes the sensation is like butterflies, bubbles or twitches- as your baby moves about. Common problems and solutions

Changes in Your Baby
  • By now, your baby would be as wide as your palm and would weigh about 100 grams. Your baby's skin is thin as before. Your baby's eyes begin to move beneath their fused lids in a side to side sweeping motion. Your baby may keep a constant check on you, beware!!

    Also, your baby has his/her own blood circulation pumped by the heart, which at this stage pumps close to 25 liters of blood a day. With a little bit of help from you through the placenta and the umbilical cord, your baby's system is operating as it would be after birth.

Tips and Precautions
  • The weight gain by you should be watched closely. You should grow 1.5 to 2 kg each month with at least a total of 5 kg by the end of second trimester (28 weeks).

    The date scan should be done by now if not ask your Doctor about the need for it.Maintain a diary regarding the changes occurring in you.

    If you feel the movements of the baby please tell your Doctor about it. It's called quickening and it is regular in this period. However it is wise to mention the Doctor if not felt by 25th week.If you are over 35 years, an Amniocentesis for Triple test is advised to check for conditions such as Down's syndrome in the child.

    You may have periodic pain in your legs. This is called sciatic nerve pain and is associated with pressure on the nerve caused by your developing baby. Common Problems

    Allergies seem to flare up more than before. This is a normal part of pregnancy; however, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider before taking a prescription or over-the-counter medication.

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