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Pregnancy calendar: 17 Weeks Pregnant – What to Expect

On the 17th week of pregnancy in women appears a burst of energy, her skin and hair by this point usually improve, and remains a good appetite. Belly at 17 weeks of pregnancy is becoming rounder than happy future parents.

The fetus at 17 weeks pregnant

As for the fetus, the baby is already well developed all the joints and skeleton, which some time ago was similar to cartilage. Begins with the formation of fatty tissue, which contributes to the accumulation of fat reserves, and is directly involved in the process of metabolism. The umbilical cord connects the baby to the placenta becomes more strong and durable.

In view of the fact that the immune system of the baby finishes his formation, his body begins to synthesize immunoglobulin and interferon, which protect the baby against infections, including from mom.

This week, the child begins to receive the generic lubrication in order during delivery to protect his delicate skin.

You cannot leave unnoticed the activity of the kidneys, which are already able to distinguish urine, and refill the fluid. The child begins to actively move and coordinate their movements: looking for a little handle mouth and starts to suck his finger, making swallowing a bit of amniotic fluid, which contribute to the normal functioning of the digestive and excretory systems.

The baby improved hearing. In particular, he is reacting to loud noises that occur nearby.

The size of the fetus at 17 weeks of pregnancy is about 11-13 cm, and weighs about 100 grams.

The woman at the 17th week of pregnancy

By this time the pregnant woman gained about 2.5-4.5 kg in weight, her stomach became bigger, so that the center of gravity has shifted and a woman can become a little clumsy. Such feelings on the 17th week of pregnancy delight the mother – she is already used to your baby and can’t wait for his appearance.

Blood volume increases by 500 ml, and the heart of the mother, due to increased 40% load, starts to work faster, which can develop small nosebleeds. The pain started in my back, legs and feet. But all of these points are smoothed out when there are stirrings in the 17th week of pregnancy.

Danger on the 17th week of pregnancy

This week of pregnancy the woman can’t be too cold and overwork. During your stay in the car, she in no case should not forget to fasten the seat belt, because it can be dangerous not only for her health, but for the life of the crumbs.

Many women during pregnancy believe that drugs that are sold in pharmacies without a prescription, are completely safe, but it is not. Medications, even if they are sold without a prescription, can cause irreparable harm to the health of the baby, so their choice should be treated as thoroughly as to the choice of drugs, which released only by prescription. Before you buy something at the pharmacy, you should consult your gynecologist.

If a woman prefers high heels, then this term will have to refuse them, because they can cause abdominal injuries in the fall and cause unnecessary strain on the legs.

Those women who smoke, causing harm not only to your health but the health of the crumbs. Babies born to Smoking mothers often have low weight, some appear such pathologies as cleft lip or cleft palate. Women who smoke increases the risk of preterm birth and the risk of premature using amniotic fluid and placental abruption occur more often than those women who do not smoke.

Recommendations on the 17th week of pregnancy

Due to the fact that the stomach was more the load on the legs was also higher, at the end of the day, You may find that your feet are swollen. At the first opportunity pregnant should try to relax and not to expose the feet to heavy loads. For women who want their feet don’t hurt so much, you must adhere to the following recommendations:

  • If foot size has increased, it is necessary to buy comfortable shoes without heels on.
  • If possible, as little as possible to stand.
  • Before going to sleep to lower swollen feet in the cool water.
  • Prefer socks made of natural cotton.
  • To listen to melodious music, begin to read aloud fairy tale for the harmonious development of the baby.
  • If abdominal pain 17 weeks pregnant immediately consult a doctor.
  • The expectant mother can afford to travel (if there is no threat of disruption of pregnancy, and the doctor has no objections to it).

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