Your Pregnancy at Week 17by Your Baby Club
Have you thought about antenatal classes yet?
your baby this week:
To support your baby as they develop strong bones, it is recommended that pregnant women take a 10mg supplement of vitamin D, as this helps the baby with their bone growing in the first few months after birth. You can also boost your vitamin D intake by eating foods such as mackerel, eggs, and salmon - all rich in vitamin D. Good levels of vitamin D reduce the development of a condition known as 'rickets'.
Watch out baby, you may be continuing dancing around your roomy pad, but things are going to get a bit tighter! Now over 12cm in length and over 140grams in weight, you are growing at a rapid rate and planning permission will surely be declined for an extension - it’s gonna get cramped in there! Baby is growing a layer of baby fat, even though its skin is still translucent, and its heart is finally being regulated by the brain, remaining around twice your own heart rate at 140-150 bpm.
All set for when your baby grows big enough to put their sticky fingers all over the place, their unique finger and toe prints are in the making this week!
For mum, weight gain can feel quite rapid at present, and you may be gaining as much as 1-2lb per week. Remember to take some bump pictures for the album so you can see your growth progress. You may also still be feeling fatigued, constipated, and a bit sluggish, but the nausea should be subsiding by now, fingers crossed!
This week is also a good time to have a think about which antenatal classes you may like to attend.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
This week, there are many tests you should talk to your midwife or doctor about. These screening and diagnostic tests will help determine your baby's risk level for certain conditions and complications, including amniocentesis, CVS, and cordocentesis, and a nuchal translucency. You aren't required to take these tests, though it is highly recommended if there is a family history of any genetic conditions, irregular hormone level, or abnormal bone measurements. But there are certain risks associated with these tests, so be sure to discuss these risks and any other possible complications involved with each until you are entirely comfortable with each diagnostic or screening test you decide to take.
Now that you have a little baby belly, your seatbelt might not rest where it used to. So... where should you place your seatbelt? Keep the lap portion of the belt under your belly, securely against your hips. No matter what, don't skip the seatbelt altogether because any trauma to your abdomen could harm your baby.
Speaking of driving, now is a great time to test-drive a few names for your little one. If you and your partner are having trouble deciding or agreeing on a name, there's hope yet! The birth is still months away, and any feelings surrounding a certain name can easily change by then. Come up with a list of about 5 to 10 names, and have your partner do the same. Try saying them out loud. Then pick one and use that name for a few days whenever you talk to your belly. Have fun with it! Who knows, the name you initially rejected might grow on you, and the name you loved might feel all wrong.
Don't forget to keep track of your pregnancy milestones! Take a pregnancy profile picture this week, and write in your journal. You'll be surprised at how quickly this time goes by, and be thankful for each little moment or thought you record along the way.
At 17 weeks, the nausea of the first trimester is a thing of the past and the discomfort and sleeplessness of the third trimester are yet to come. This means you are in the golden phase of pregnancy. Here is a list of symptoms you may experience this week.
- Weight gain
- Increased melatonin
- Itchy stomach and/or breasts and stretch marks
- Crazy dreams
- Increased clumsiness
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Stuffy nose and/or nasal congestion
- Increased appetite
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
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