Week Seventeen of Your Pregnancy

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WEEK 17

Your baby is about as wide as your palm. Approximately 5 inches long, and weighs in at about 5 ounces, about as much as a bar of soap. This means that the baby now weighs more than the placenta. The tiny heart is pumping as much as 25 quarts of blood a day!   His reflex are probably in place now as the baby sucks, swallows and blinks.  He is forming brown fat deposits under his skin and by the end of pregnancy this will account for 2-6% of their total body weight.  This fat will help them maintain their body temperature when they are born.  Your baby is now covered with a downy layer of lanugo, which swirls in fingerprint-like formation over her whole body.  Her skin is still thin and translucent and the cartilage making up her skeleton is starting to transform into bone.  In the next few weeks, your baby's eyes will begin to move beneath their fused lids in a side-to-side sweeping motion.   His movements are becoming stronger and more frequent even though many women will not be feeling those movements yet.
Your uterus has grown and is now about halfway between your pubic bone and navel "about an inch or inch and a half below your belly button".

It will start changing shape as your pregnancy progresses, to resemble an egg shape instead of a round ball, and will gradually grow to inhabit most of your pelvis and abdomen. While this happens your organs, including your intestines get pushed to the sides.   By this point in time you will likely be showing a little bit, though some women are still able to hide their pregnancies for many weeks to come.  

Your bodily secretions may be increasing due to your increased blood volume.
You may feel this as increased nasal congestion or runny nose, increased sweating or increased vaginal discharge.   This is normal and is nothing to worry about.  Rest assured, this increase in body secretions will go away after the birth of your baby.

As your baby goes through some growth changes "getting bigger and beginning to add fat deposits under the skin" you may find yourself growing too. Average weight gain to this point in pregnancy is about five to ten pounds, but don't worry if you are a little off.  If this is your second pregnancy "or beyond!", you will gain differently than if it is your first.  As your breasts grow, they'll be sensitive and tender and sometimes just plain painful.  You're looking pregnant, but not so much that it's difficult to bend over and put your socks on. You may even get that pregnancy glow, a radiance that comes from extra blood flow to your skin. And, hopefully, you'll start to feel a lot of the baby's movements soon.

There are many natural health practitioners that believe in the power of touch. Though your little one is still very small, your touch may do much to help him feel safe and warm inside the womb. If you haven't started already, you might consider rubbing your tummy  in calming circular motions. This will not only help comfort your little one, but will help initiate the bonding process with you and your newborn baby throughout your pregnancy and after.  Other women find comfort when playing music to their unborn children. There is evidence suggesting that your baby responds to music even while in the womb. Thus, there is no harm in playing some calm and engaging music to your baby even while they are in the womb.

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