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17 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect During Pregnancy

2 years ago4 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

At 17 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a pomegranate! You have your mid-pregnancy scan to look forward to in the next few weeks, to check everything is developing as it should, and find out the baby’s sex — if you want to, of course.

17 weeks pregnant

Things might start feeling pretty real around now, and pregnancy at 17 weeks can be a tough gig. It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed. Making a list of all the things swirling around your brain is a good idea, so you don’t have to rely on your pregnant (read: temporarily unreliable) memory at your next antenatal appointment.

For now, though, keep reading for our round-up of what to expect at 17 weeks pregnant.

17 weeks pregnant symptoms

Got a headache, feeling faint, having weird dreams, and trying to shake off those annoying leg cramps again? We hear you, mama! You’re doing a great job! Here are some more common 17 weeks pregnant symptoms.

Increased appetite – and heartburn

You’re finding yourself absolutely ravenous — all. day. long. — but big meals are giving you the worst heartburn and indigestion. What can you do? Snacking on smaller, nutritionally dense meals throughout the day, can help keep the hunger, and heartburn, at bay.

Stretch marks

The skin on your belly might be feeling all kinds of itchy, stretching across your belly, hips, and boobs to accommodate your growing baby.

50-90% of pregnant women develop stretch marks throughout pregnancy, and the effectiveness of applying moisturizer to reduce their appearance is unconfirmed. However, slathering on some vitamin-enriched body lotion won’t hurt, and can certainly reduce the annoying itch.

Increased bodily fluids

You’re sweaty, producing excess saliva, and maybe noticing increased discharge. It might not be the nicest experience, but it is normal. Know that it will only be temporary and have as many showers as you need to get through the day feeling fresh.

Round ligament pain

The round ligament pain associated with pregnancy is thanks to the ligaments in your pelvis which are tasked with holding up your uterus. As your baby grows and you require more support, it’s common for these ligaments to cause some pain in the lower abdomen, and around the sides of your baby bump, when overworked.

What is my baby doing at 17 weeks in the womb?

Your 17 week fetus is about 13cm (5 inches) long and getting more baby-like by the day! Your baby will be;

  • Forming their fingerprints
  • Regulating their heartbeat with their brain, producing 140–150 beats per minute
  • Mastering their sucking and swallowing skills
  • Covered in a waxy white coating called vernix to keep them warm
  • Growing eyelashes and eyebrows, ready for their close-up!

Do you have a baby bump at 17 weeks?

Your uterus is sitting higher each week, so it’s common for 17 weeks pregnant bumps to be quite pronounced, but everyone’s 17 weeks pregnant belly will be different. Your pre-pregnancy weight, genetics, and whether this is your first, second, third, or tenth(!) baby will have an impact on how soon you start showing.

Can I lay on my stomach at 17 weeks pregnant?

Lying on your stomach is probably pretty uncomfortable these days, even if you were an avid tummy sleeper pre-pregnancy. Sleeping on your side is advised from about now (definitely once you hit the 20-week mark) until the end of pregnancy. This helps to maintain healthy blood flow around your body, the placenta, and your baby. It can also help avoid things like hemorrhoids and dizziness which lying on your back can cause.

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18 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect
Your Pregnancy Week By Week Guide

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