17th week of pregnancy And pregnancy symptoms

17th week of pregnancy

What you need to know about the 16th week

As your baby grows in the womb, so does your belly size. In the weeks ahead (usually between 18 and 20 weeks) you will begin to sense the baby’s existence through his movements.  

Most women start to feel better during this time of pregnancy. Many people say that the so-called beauty of pregnant mothers increases a lot during this time – during this time their hair looks thicker and darker than before (as a result of reduced hair loss) and the skin also becomes brighter than before (due to hormonal and increased blood circulation in the body). 

However, this experience is not the same for everyone. Many people are worried for various reasons at this time It is advisable to relax during pregnancy without worrying as much as possible.

This week also saw some of the same symptoms as last week, such as: 

  • Excessive tiredness and sleep problems,
  • Swelling or bleeding gums,
  • Feeling of tightness or pain in the muscles around the abdomen as it grows,
  • Headaches,
  • In some cases, mild bleeding from the nose, 
  • Flatulence and constipation ,
  • Indigestion and heartburn,
  • Chest pain when pressed,
  • Leg pain,
  • Feeling uncomfortable or shortness of breath in mild or slightly hot weather,
  • Dizziness,
  • Watery or swollen limbs,
  • Inflammation or infection of the urinary tract,
  • Vaginal infections 
  • Spots on the skin of the face or other parts of the body
  • In many cases, the hair on the head becomes thicker and blacker than before.

Things to keep in mind: 

An ultrasound scan is usually done between 18 and 21 weeks (in most cases the 20th week). This helps you to see if your unborn baby is growing and developing properly. Contact your doctor to schedule your ultrasound test in advance. 

Special information
Bleeding through the vagina during menstruation during pregnancy can be a sign of a serious problem. So in this case, seek medical help immediately or go to the hospital without delay.

How the fetus is growing

Your baby is growing very fast this week. The baby’s weight increases to 150 grams, and the baby’s length is about 12 centimeters or 5 inches.  

During this time many important changes took place in the child’s appearance. The resemblance of his appearance becomes much like that of a human being Eyebrows and eyelids are formed. The baby can move its eyeballs back and forth, even though the eyelids are still closed. The baby can open and close its mouth. However, his full control over this is not made this week. 

The baby’s ability to hear also increases during this time; When a child hears a loud noise, he may react by throwing his arms and legs. 

Fine lines are already formed on the skin of the baby’s fingers, meaning that from this time onwards he will have his own and distinctive fingerprints. In addition, fingernails and toenails are formed and the child acquires the ability to grip something tightly with his hands.

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