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Is this is your first pregnancy experience? Can you feel your baby’s moves inside your tummy for the first time? Kindly join us to share experiences about this part of your pregnancy and get accurate information about the 17th week of your pregnancy.
Your baby is developing his body fat layer to keep him warm instead of the current lanugo layer and feed him at the early period after delivery. By week 17 of your pregnancy, your baby’s brain begins to regulate his heart beats to reach about 140 beats per minute. As a playful creature, he will spend his time playing with the surrounding fluid and umbilical cord and moving his growing hands and legs, but you need another couple of weeks to share him such activities.
To protect your baby inside your womb, a myelin substance grow around his spinal cord and sweat glands grow on his body. Your baby now is still at the size of your palm, but the brain is able to control most of his body systems and the newly-formed body fat provides him the needed warmth.
At week 17 of your pregnancy, it is normal to have sensitivity to allergens and vaginal discharges along with a growing tummy. Your appetite for food will be better, especially after the morning sickness is fade, so you need to eat healthy food. When your baby is moving inside your tummy, you will feel like bubbles or a moving fish or butterfly going around. Actually, this is an exciting feel, but it will turn to severe kicking at the last trimester of pregnancy.
You have certainly changed several sides of your lifestyle from the beginning of your pregnancy, but you should now change your external appearance. You may need to give up the tight clothes and high heels and wear wider clothes with low heel for your and your baby’s comfort.
If you couldn’t sleep in week 17, you may have a blocked nose or cramped legs or your growing uterus may press your bladder; so you need to protect yourself from getting cold and change your sleeping position regularly. If your bad sleep is a result of your baby’s activities, this will be a familiar part of your lifestyle. You may experience regular leg pain due to your increasing body weight; so, the back stretches or heating pad will be fair solutions.