Congratulations, you’re now 17 weeks pregnant! By now, your baby has grown to about the size of your palm and weighs around 5 ounces. Your baby is growing at a rapid pace and is now starting to resemble a tiny human.
At 17 weeks, your baby’s skeleton is starting to harden, and the circulatory and urinary systems are fully functioning. Your baby’s heart is now regulated by the brain and is beating at around 140 to 150 beats per minute. Your baby’s eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to grow, and the eyes are now moving closer together.Your baby’s reflexes are also developing, and he or she may start sucking and swallowing in preparation for feeding. Your baby will also start to develop unique fingerprints, which will remain with him or her for life.
As your baby continues to grow, you may start to feel more tired and experience back pain. It’s important to focus on good nutrition and stay active with regular exercise, such as prenatal yoga or swimming.You may also experience some pregnancy-related skin changes, such as stretch marks or darkening of the skin around your nipples and navel. These changes are normal and typically fade after pregnancy.
What to Expect
At your 17-week prenatal visit, your healthcare provider will likely measure your belly to check your baby’s growth, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.As your due date approaches, you may want to start thinking about childbirth classes and creating a birth plan with your healthcare provider. This plan will outline your preferences for labor and delivery, including pain management options and who will be present during the birth.
Your baby is growing and developing at an incredible pace, and you’re doing an amazing job supporting his or her growth. Remember to focus on self-care, stay active, and attend your prenatal appointments to ensure a healthy pregnancy.Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What should I expect at my 17-week prenatal visit?
Your healthcare provider will measure your belly to check your baby’s growth, listen to your baby’s heartbeat, and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
2. What can I do to manage back pain during pregnancy?
Regular exercise, such as prenatal yoga or swimming, can help manage back pain during pregnancy. You can also try using a pregnancy pillow or taking warm baths.
3. When should I start thinking about childbirth classes and creating a birth plan?
As your due date approaches, typically around 28 weeks, you may want to start thinking about childbirth classes and creating a birth plan with your healthcare provider.
4. Will my pregnancy-related skin changes go away after pregnancy?
Pregnancy-related skin changes, such as stretch marks or darkening of the skin around your nipples and navel, typically fade after pregnancy.
5. What should I do if I have questions or concerns during my pregnancy?
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns during your pregnancy. They are there to support and guide you through this exciting time.
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