By Pregnancy week 17, the sweating glands of your baby are developed and fully functional. Your baby is now able to open and close his/her mouth to breathe.
We are quite sure that you must be feeling sometimes terrible about your pregnancy and must be sweating with the feeling of delivery. So, you’re not alone here. Your baby is sweating too.
During the 17th week of your pregnancy, your belly is expanded that much size which can affect your center of gravity. So be careful from now onwards, and watch your every step. Any carelessness can be harmful to you and for your baby.
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In Pregnancy week 17:
Your uterus is changing its shape now. It has now occupied your pelvic region and pushing your intestines for having more space. If you observe then you may find that the top of the uterus is now more round and growing in length-wise. Inside your uterus, the placenta is getting thicker to provide nutrition and deliver oxygen to your baby.
Additionally, your baby is beginning to form adipose (a body fat) to fill out his/her fine features. At the end of this week, Vernix Caseosa will start to develop, a white substance coating which is found in a newborn baby. It has got antibacterial properties and is also a moisturizing agent which protects your baby’s sensitive skin from amniotic fluid.
Your baby has made his/her skeleton stronger as compared to previous soft cartilage. The joint bones are also functioning properly. By this week a protective substance called Myelin is developed around the spinal cord of your baby. Myelin is a fatty substance which is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
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You are now free from your early pregnancy symptoms, but now the symptoms which are associated in the second trimester are due to the physical changes in your body. The body changes and symptoms during the second trimester which you can feel are the following:
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As you are moving ahead with your pregnancy, here are some tips for Pregnancy week 17 to follow:
|Eat right. Have nutritionally balanced and healthy diet.||Quit spicy and oily foods. Do not follow any unhealthy routine.|
|Exercise or practice Yoga. Take small nap in afternoon so that body can take rest.||Be safe and avoid any risky activity.|
|Your baby can recognize your voice now, so it is good to develop a special bond between you and your baby by communicating. So, talk to your little one whenever you want to.||If you notice any allergy, do not consume any Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine. Before consuming any medicine, consult your doctor.|
|Sleep on your sides.||Avoid sleeping on your tummy.|
|Spend some good time with your partner.||Do not hide your feelings. You may feel sometimes very low.|
|Talk to your doctor regarding the vaccinations.||Avoid wearing heels.|
|Drink plenty of water (3 litres a day) to stay hydrated.||Do not get addicted to caffeine. Drink in moderation.|
|Continue with your Folic acid every day.||Don’t take stress and exertion.|
This trimester is described as honeymoon period. So, enjoy this phase! Enjoy and have fun with your growing bump by clicking photographs.
Ans: You can connect with your baby by reading books, singing and even by doing meditation. However, not everyone feels comfortable talking to their baby who is in womb, so do not worry.
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