Week 17 of pregnancy: do you already feel the movements?

We continue with our particular review of the pregnancy week by week and we have already reached week 17 , closer to the equator of pregnancy and well established in what is considered the best trimester of pregnancy, for not suffering the typical symptoms of the first trimester , when the nausea and dizziness do not let her live and she is still light enough to lead a practically normal life.

As we have already mentioned before, take advantage of these weeks to walk, walk, go window shopping with things that you want to buy for the baby (if you need something) and ultimately try to lead a healthy life: balanced food, do not stay hungry and do exercise.

Getting into the matter, we are going to see what are the most important changes that happen in the mother and the baby in the 17th week of gestation .

Changes in the baby in the 17th week of pregnancy

At week 17 of pregnancy , when the baby has been forming for 15 weeks, it measures about 11-13 cm and weighs about 100 grams. It continues to grow and especially its legs, since the head now grows less. Under his skin, a layer of fatty tissue begins to form, which will then serve to protect him from the cold. His hearing is more developed and can move abruptly if there are loud sounds outside.

The immune system begins to be created , which will be in charge of trying to protect him from all the possible infections that await him at birth, and the soft skeleton he has begins to become more solid, as the bone begins to be created.

The first hairs appear on the eyebrows and eyelashes and their skin is still so thin that blood vessels can be seen through it. As we said last week, they already move quite a bit inside the womb. Some mothers will already feel these movements and others will have to wait a few weeks to report it.

To learn more about his measurements, tell you that his femur now measures about 2.4 cm and that the circumference of his head measures about 14.1 cm.

Changes in women at week 17 of pregnancy

The body continues to change and it is estimated that the mother’s weight gain up to this week (accumulated to date) is about 3,250 kg, although this is an average and as we usually say, it is still not clear that limiting weight to pregnant women or conscientious control is really beneficial .

As the baby is beginning to ossify the bones, we insist on the need to eat a balanced diet in which there are foods rich in calcium. Some doctors prescribe calcium supplements, but they are generally not necessary.

It may happen now, or perhaps a little later, that the woman notices a drawing pain on each side of the navel and towards the groin and back. It is common around these dates and is due to the forced stretching to which the abdominal muscles and the ligaments that support the uterus are subjected. It can also happen that, as the uterus grows in size and weighs more, the woman begins to have more desire to go to the bathroom to urinate , because the bladder has less space and the sensation of the urge to urinate comes sooner .

In general, apart from these annoyances, it is a relatively quiet week. The woman can go for a walk, she can eat again because her appetite has returned, she can relate to her partner in the same way as before the pregnancy, and yes, I am also referring to having sexual relations , and enjoying all of this at the same time. waiting for everything to evolve.

Pigmentation changes in the skin and in the nipples

Due to the increase in estrogen levels (yes, the hormones doing their thing again), which stimulates the production of melanin, it is normal for the skin pigmentation, freckles and blemishes to change , becoming all darker and above all in contact with the sun, and it also happens that the nipples darken and a vertical dark line appears that runs from top to bottom of the belly.

All this will disappear after giving birth, as the hormones return to their usual levels. Meanwhile, this increase in pigmentation seems to have a clear goal: to darken the nipples so that they are easily visible to the baby . They are his food source, and the better he sees them, the more likely he is to go to them (although, fortunately, babies have other senses in charge of reaching them, such as smell).

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