This week brings many wonderful moments as you start to sense your baby’s tiny movements. How big is a baby at 17 weeks?Already the size of a pear, your little one is exercising sucking and swallowing as he’s getting ready for the real thing: a breast or a bottle. By now, your baby is piling on pounds now (well, not literally) and growing up very quickly. Even more exciting is that he already fits in your palm — just imagine holding your tiny human in your hands!
What to expect at 17 weeks pregnant? The common “is that wind or can I feel my baby moving” dilemmas kick in during week 17. For some this might come later, so don’t worry if you can’t feel your little one moving yet! This is undoubtedly a very thrilling experience, although in the beginning it may feel like popcorn popping. But as your pregnancy progresses, the feeling will become significantly stronger — and you’ll enjoy every minute of it!
During week 17, your center of gravity changes, so you may start to feel a little unsteady on your feet. That’s why you should make sure to avoid doing anything that might increase this risk, such as wearing high heels.
Another common symptom you’ll likely experience is drier eyes. You can buy over-the-counter eye drops to alleviate the discomfort. If you’re wearing lenses, it’s a good idea to switch to glasses until after you give birth.
What’s interesting about this phase is how the skin becomes glowing and radiant due to increased blood flow. This will most definitely contribute to your overall sense of well-being, especially since there’s no more morning sickness.
As your breasts are growing, they might start to feel a little painful, so you may want to start wearing a supportive bra to relieve the discomfort.
Your Baby at 17 Weeks
When you're 17 weeks pregnant, your little one is the size of a pear, and weighs around 5 ounces now. Although the change in size isn’t that significant compared to the previous week, there are many internal changes that take place in his tiny body. His skeleton is changing from cartilage to bones, and the umbilical cord grows thicker and stronger. Now any risk of miscarriage is absolutely insignificant, so no need to worry. However, it’s important to avoid putting any pressure on your tummy to prevent any damage to your little one.
Since his eyebrows and eyelashes have started to grow, his face looks entirely human now. His eyelids are fused shut, though your baby can move his eyes around. His heartbeat is being regulated by his brain now, and although it’s not regular yet, it beats at between 140-150 beats per minute — twice as fast as yours! Your baby’s fingers and toes continue to develop their unique pattern this week. Brown fat, a special type of fat that plays a role in body heat generation, is being deposited. The most amazing aspect of this growth phase is how your baby can hear noises now. Did you know that any sound can startled your fetus used to them? Meaning, babies who regularly hear a dog barking will sleep through this sound without problems. Absolutely fascinating, right?
Ultrasound Images of 17 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 17 Weeks
Pregnancy comes with stress and fears. What if something happens to your little one? What if you accidentally fall on your bump? What if your baby will be too small at birth, and what if you don’t have maternal instincts? Talk to your midwife about these fears, and understand that they’re perfectly normal. Your pregnant friend got them too; so did your mom, and your grandma.
Keep eating a healthy diet that’s rich in essential nutrients, and rest well — you’ll need it!