If you're 17 weeks pregnant, here are some of the things you might experience this week.
Your Body at 17 Weeks Pregnant
At 17 weeks pregnant, you might notice that veins in your breasts, arms and legs are becoming more visible. Additionally, you might have a stuffy nose on a regular basis. Before you take an over-the-counter decongestant, talk to your healthcare provider. Some of them should be used sparingly, or not at all, during pregnancy, especially if you have concerns about your blood pressure.
The progesterone coursing through your body when you're 17 weeks pregnant might have you feeling constipated. If you're having problems with your bowel movements, up your water intake and consider adding more fiber to your diet.
Your Baby at 17 Weeks
At 17 weeks your baby is growing quickly! He's starting to pack on the pounds (well, actually ounces) and he can now kick, punch, and even wiggle all the way around your uterus. You may feel these flutters, but if not, you should start to feel them soon.
Even though your baby at 17 weeks isn't ready to eat food, his taste buds have now just started to form. He's also starting to practice breathing and is regularly pushing fluid out of his lungs. These next few weeks are critical for your baby's lung development.
What to Consider When You're 17 Weeks Pregnant
If you haven't started doing Kegel exercises, now is a good time to start. After giving birth, many women uncover that their pelvic floor muscles aren't as strong as they once were. Kegel exercises can help reduce the occurrence of incontinence after birth.
You're probably feeling pretty good when you're pregnant at 17 weeks. However, if your job or home responsibilities have you feeling stressed, use some natural relaxation techniques such as exercising gently or meeting a friend for lunch.
Dehydration can happen quickly during a pregnancy, especially if you're feeling nauseous. If you're having a hard time staying hydrated, add liquids like juice and flavored water to your daily routine. Try to avoid a lot of sodas, coffee, and tea since these can actually dehydrate you even more.
What to Expect at 18 Weeks Pregnant