Seventeenth week of pregnancy
A 17 weeks + 4 days the fourth month of pregnancy will end and you will enter the fifth month of your adventurous journey towards the birth of your baby. The little one grows and moves a lot. Your body is adjusting to pregnancy and you feel pretty good. Let's see what happens in the 17th week of pregnancy
In this article
- How does the child grow?
- Ultrasound at the XNUMXth week of pregnancy (PHOTO)
- How mom's body changes
- Seventeenth week of pregnancy, Video
- Pregnancy weeks calendar
How does the child grow?
I movements of the child are more and more numerous and from so many kicks.
Hair and nails begin to grow and blood vessels are visible through the translucent skin. The digestive system continues to slowly develop and the meconium it gradually builds up in the intestine and is then expelled by the baby after birth. The fetus it measures approximately 11 centimeters and weighs approximately 100 grams.
You may suffer from pressure drops, dizziness, fainting: always keep a candy in your bag to raise your blood sugar levels and if you feel unwell lie down and raise your legs with the help of a pillow.
Generally this is a positive period for the expectant mother, even if a few disorder can be felt: tiredness, constipation, dizziness. Don't worry, these are all normal and common ailments that you can relieve with rest, a high-fiber diet, and lots of water. If you start feeling the weight of the belly and to have some pain in the back try massaging and sleeping on your side in a fetal position to relieve the burden on your back.
Ultrasound at the XNUMXth week of pregnancy (PHOTO)
As the doctor explains, an ultrasound made at 17 weeks allows you to make an anatomical and biometric evaluation of the whole body, from the lower and upper limbs, the brain, the umbilical cord. In general, the child in this period of gestation always has his hands closed in a fist.
It is possible to see the sex of the child, even if it is still a hypothesis formulated by the operator. Greater certainty about the baby's sex will only be achieved with morphological ultrasound or with amniocentesis.
17 weeks ultrasoundFonte: shutterstock
How mom's body changes
Pay attention to blood circulation: varicose veins and cramps can occur starting from the fifth month of pregnancy. This is because the uterus increases its size and this can affect the circulation. Keep your legs elevated as much as possible, take cold showers on your legs and apply gels and creams that promote venous return.
Cramps can be frequent especially at night, when you are in a state of rest: you can take a vitamin B supplement and sleep with your legs raised about 25 centimeters.
The fetus grows and you increase by weight with him. You could have gained 2-5 kg.
Le varicose veins they can appear in the second trimester of pregnancy. If they become painful, the doctor can prescribe a treatment based on vitamins and herbs.
At the seventeenth week of pregnancy it is also time to address the issue of the arrival of the baby with the brother or little sister. Your womb is beginning to show and the risk of miscarriage is behind you, so try to address the subject with your child using simple words, with great love, answering his or her questions in age-appropriate language.
Engage the child in the organization of the house, in the choice of the layette, in the preparation for birth: these are small gestures that will help him to get used to this great change.
According to some gynecologists, each pregnancy is unique, and therefore a first pregnancy without varicose veins or stretch marks does not mean that these disorders will not occur in the next one. So, don't let your guard down and prevent as much as possible by catching yourself Care of yourself and your skin.
This is the time to play some music for your child to create a unique first dialogue with your little one.
Seventeenth week of pregnancy, Video
Pregnancy weeks calendar
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