Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your bundle of joy. Here is what you can expect this week.
Pregnancy Week 17: What changes are occurring with your body?
As your abdomen continues to grow, it will begin moving other organs around to compensate for the growth of your uterus and baby. The top of your uterus is beginning to appear more rounded and is lengthening. Your uterus will begin pushing your intestines up and out towards the side of your abdomen. Most women find it easier to feel their uterus when they are standing. If you lie down and try to feel your uterus it can be quite difficult since it falls back towards your spine.
Pregnancy Week 17: How big is your baby?
Your baby is a little over 5 ¾ inches long and weighs 4 ounces.
Pregnancy Week 17: What is happening with your baby?
His/her umbilical cord is not only lengthening but also becoming thicker and stronger for these last 23 weeks. Your baby’s sense of hearing is also developing since the ears have fully formed and moved into their final position.
Your baby is also beginning to form adipose or fat tissue. This will help him/her take on a more normal appearance by filling out the fine features that he/she has. Fat is important in helping regulate the body’s temperature and metabolism.*
Pregnancy Week 17: What should you plan for this week?
During the course of your pregnancy you may have noticed that your 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. There are safe medications to use if your allergies are interfering with your daily routine, but ask your provider what he/she recommends as safe during pregnancy.*
Pregnancy Week 17: Tips for making your pregnancy better
You may have noticed that you have periodic pain in your legs. This is called sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, providing sensory and motor function to the lower extremities. The sciatic nerve runs under your uterus to your legs. The cause of sciatic nerve pain is thought to be associated with pressure on the nerve caused by your developing baby.
Pregnancy Week 17: Tips for mom’s partner
Many times couples wonder how they are ever going to afford a baby. However, a little planning can make certain parts of parenting a little easier. You might want to begin looking into beginning a college fund for your son or daughter. This might not completely pay for college, but 18 or so years down the road you will be glad that you started planning early.