Congratulations, you have made it past 16 weeks and now you are 17 weeks pregnant. There has been a lot going on with over the last 17 weeks, let’s take a quick look at what is happening with you and your baby.
At 17 weeks pregnant, your baby is roughly 12cm – 14cm long and weighs about 125g. It does not appear to be very big at this time does it? Well, your child is large enough to inform you it’s there and you should now occasionally feel it moving around. Before you are feeling lots of motion obviously, it’ll be a handful more weeks, but at this time you might discover a little movement in some places.
This is the time they can now hear sound as their ears are developing – speaking and singing songs will get the baby to recognise both mother and fathers voices. They are also perfecting their sucking and swallowing skills. In fact, all survival reflex skills are being perfected as we speak.
As your womb is developing more and more, it’s also moving your centre of gravity. You might feel off balance sometimes, you shouldn’t be worried however – that is totally regular at 17 weeks. With a little bump out front now, you should now be showing more and more as the weeks move on, if you are not, do not worry – your tummy will expand in no time at all.
Bear in mind that at 17 weeks pregnant and beyond, you will need to lessen your stress level. You should attempt to become aware of it although it is difficult to get rid of all tension that you experienced. Avoid situations you know is only going to generate additional pressure.
17 weeks can be an exciting period because you are now able to start experiencing a little activity in some places from your child. It is just one of the numerous wonderful items that lie ahead.