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Week 17 Of A Pregnancy

You have now reached 17 weeks pregnant. At this stage, your baby is roughly the size of a turnip and should be about 5.6 inches long and weigh around 5.07 ounces. At the 17-week mark, baby’s bones are fully developed and the organs, muscles, and reproductive system are in their final stages of development. 

Physical Changes

At 17 weeks pregnant, routine prenatal tests such as ultrasounds and blood tests are typically performed, and baby’s position should be determined. 

At 17 weeks pregnant, you may feel your baby move for the first time. These will initially feel like light flutterings and may be harder to detect depending on your baby’s position in the womb. As your baby grows, the movements will become stronger and more frequent. 

You might also find yourself outgrowing small clothing sizes, as your uterus continues to expand. Skin changes such as the linea nigra and “mask of pregnancy” should become more visible. 

Changes to Diet

It is important to continue eating a healthy and balanced diet to provide your baby with essential vitamins and minerals. Lean proteins, dairy products, and whole grains, as well as fruits and vegetables and fortified cereal are all important. 

Alcohol and caffeine should still be avoided while pregnant, as well as undercooked meat, fish, and eggs. Discuss with your doctor about medications and supplements that are safe during pregnancy. 

Preparing for the Third Trimester

It is important to start taking steps to prepare for the third trimester. Pre-register at your local hospital and take a birthing class. It’s also a good idea to start putting together your baby registry and nursery. 

17 weeks pregnant is a time of excitement and anticipation. Your baby is continuing to grow and develop, and you may start feeling your baby move soon. Enjoy the remaining weeks of your pregnancy, and take the opportunity to prepare and bond with your baby before the third trimester starts.

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