17th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

17th Week Pregnancy

You must be feeling terrible about the fact that you are the only one who is sweating it out with the pregnancy. Well, here is some good news for you. You are not alone; your baby will be sweating it out as well. Yes, the highlight of 17th week of pregnancy is that her sweat glands have developed and are fully functional.

As you slowly gain your emotional balance, you will start to feel a bit off balance physically. Even though the baby in your tummy is yet too small, your growing belly has expanded enough to affect your center of gravity. Watch your step and be safe. A fall during your 17th week pregnancy can be life threatening to you as well as your baby.

Changes in Your Body:

Your elusive bump is beginning to show and you love it. Friends and family are so curious that they want to feel your bump as well. Know that irrespective of the changes, this is your body. You have the right to decide as to who should feel your bump and who should not.

Starting from week 16 you may gain about a pou

nd a week until week 20. You can count on gaining nearly 4-6 pounds during this time span. With the increasing growth spurts of your baby, your bones, muscles, and joints begin to change in order to accommodate your growing baby along with your physical changes. This may lead to cramps and swelling in your legs, appearance of varicose veins and backaches.

Changes in Skin:

The stretch marks may not be far away now, but itching and Linea negra – a dark line which extends from your belly button to your pubic area- may have already arrived. The stretching of the skin on your breasts and abdomen may cause the itchiness which could be irritating but not harmful in anyway. Take comfort in the fact that this too, shall pass.

Growing Uterus:

Your uterus is changing its shape as well. It has now filled up the pelvic region and pushes against your intestines. This may make them shift inside your abdomen. The top of your uterus is now beginning to appear more rounded, and it is growing in length in addition. Enjoy the bump now, for soon your belly will be reaching uncomfortable proportions and you may not want to look at it because it makes you anxious about on-coming labor, contractions and the D-day. The growing uterus may change your gait, leading to backaches and other physical discomforts.
Inside your uterus, the placenta is almost an inch thickness and it tirelessly continues to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your baby in addition to eliminating waste.

Maternity Wear:

When you are 17 weeks pregnant, you may want to consider wearing looser, more comfortable clothing which does not hurt your abdomen in any way. It is also time to put away all those stilettos and high heels, because they do not help in any way to maintain your balance or control the pain in your legs. Flats and ballerinas are your friends for now.

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Sciatic Nerve Pain:

Sciatic nerve pain is another discomfort you may have experience during your 17 weeks of pregnancy. It comes as a periodic pain in your legs. The largest nerve in your body is the sciatic nerve which provides sensory and motor function to the lower part of the body. This nerve runs from under your legs before reaching your legs. The developing baby and growing uterus will put pressure on the nerve, causing you to feel the pain in your legs.


It is quite natural for you to feel a bit dizzy occasionally. It is not easy for your body to adjust to the changes it has been undergoing past few months. Try to change the position of your body slowly. Perform normal reflexes like standing, sitting or lying down slowly, without any sudden movements.

As Hungry As a Bear:

Your appetite must have returned with vengeance after the queasy period of morning sickness. Do not feel guilty about emptying your fridge or picking food from your partner’s plate too often. Blame it on your baby who is going through a growth spurt, thereby signaling you to eat more.

Remember, your baby is too small and cannot decide between right and wrong; but, you can. Take the precautionary measures for excessive weight gain with full caution. There is no easy way out here. Do not eat for two, or you may have your doubled up with overeating that is of no use to baby. Food is unforgiving, even when you are pregnant. Eat healthy and avoid food that will propel unnecessary fat build up in your body.