Signs Seen at 17 Weeks Pregnant

November 12, 2012

Signs Seen at 17 Weeks Pregnant

At 17 weeks pregnant you will be experiencing weight gain, and most women by the delivery date, will have put on between 25 to 35lbs. Along with your healthy eating regime, swimming and walking are great in preparing the body for labor and delivery. You will notice you do not feel so tired and energy levels will be increased. The early bothersome symptoms experienced in the first trimester should have lessened therefore this is a time to enjoy. The uterus will grow to fill out the pelvis and abdomen as the pregnancy develops and because of this, you may feel slightly unbalanced when walking. It is recommended at this time to wear shoes with a small heel which gives support to the arches. Expect to experience gastrointestinal problems at this stage due to the intestine being pressed. Women who are pregnant for the second or third time may experience movement from the baby at 17 weeks pregnant. Movement of the fetus can vary therefore don’t worry if you feel no movement at this time. Fetal movements usually occur in weeks 18 to 22. The baby is approximately five inches and weighs about five ounces and is becoming active and moving about within the womb. You may be able to hear the heart beat of the baby from an ultrasound. The baby can yawn when feeling tired. At 17 weeks pregnant the baby can hear sounds and many women play music and sing to the baby to familiarize the baby with their voice. Edema is caused by water and fluid retention making the ankles and feet swell. This is very common at 17 weeks pregnant and to reduce this drink more water, raise your legs whenever you can and continue exercising. Braxton Hicks contractions are a normal occurrence, and these false, painless contractions happen as the body is making preparation for labor and delivery. See your health care professional if contractions are experienced along with vaginal bleeding and suffering pain in the lower back or abdomen. Pregnant women may suffer vaginal discharge and if you have any doubts about this, contact your health care professional. If you experience itching or burning with the discharge you may have a yeast infection. A discharge which is accompanied by a very unpleasant smell may be an indication of a sexually transmitted disease. In both these cases contact your health care professional. Try to reduce your stress levels at this time. Stress cannot be avoided so share any worries with your partner. Your health care professional can also offer advice on prenatal yoga and meditation classes which are great for relaxation. Carpal tunnel syndrome may be experienced by women when pregnant and pain and numbness in the fingers or wrist linked to this are caused by the fluid retention. Heartburn is a common occurrence at 17 weeks pregnant. It is not possible to stop heartburn completely but you can eat little and often and take your time eating. Wait a couple of hours after eating before you have a lie down. Avoid greasy and fatty foods, along with caffeine drinks and spicy foods. Chewing gum produces saliva which helps to neutralize the acidity in the stomach. Non prescribed anti-acid medication which contains calcium or magnesium helps to reduce heartburn. Aspirin is present in some anti-acids and it is not recommended for some pregnant women therefore before taking any over the counter medicine talk with your doctor. Household cleaning can be tackled at 17 weeks pregnant. Avoid household products labeled toxic as these can be absorbed or inhaled through the skin and can harm the unborn baby. Always ensure there is good ventilation when cleaning. Mixing chemicals like ammonia and bleach together creates dangerous fumes which are damaging. Use more natural products like lemon juice, and baking soda is great to clean greasy areas, bathtubs, pots and pans and ovens. Mix water with distilled vinegar and use this to clean countertops. It is best to avoid using spray air fresheners and bleach when pregnant as some studies have connected their use to the development of asthma occurring in the baby.

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