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17 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed seventeen weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (17 weeks)

There are many more changes taking place now. Your babies eyed were looking towards the sides till now, however, a round this time the baby’s eyes will start looking forward. Her ears are roughlyin their final place, and the cartilage that would transform into her skeleton is going to start hardening into bone.

Your symptoms at this stage (17 weeks)

It is likely that around now or in the next couple of weeks, you might be able to feel the baby’s movements. This is a very exciting time during your pregnancy.

It is possible that you may not even realize the baby’s movements as her kicking movements because they are likely to be very gentle. Initially the sensations are fluttery, and feel a little like butterflies in your stomach. Unfortunately, for dads to be, they will not be able to share this excitement just yet. Baby’s proper kicking is still likely to take a month or so to start.

Apart from all these internal changes, there are some changes happening external as well. For instance, your breasts would be expanding as well as the areolas (the dark skin around your nipples). It is possible that you might have noticed this and might have been wondering about it. This is completely normal and these effects could last upto 12 months after your delivery.

Some other harmless skin changes might be taking place as well. One of these is lineanigra, it is a dark line staring to emerge in the middle of your belly. Another could some pigmentation on your face. These skin changes are likely to get back to normal when your baby is born.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You could have a chat with your spouse if you feel you might need to take a longer break from work.
  • Keep eating a balanced diet and making healthy snack choices.
  • You might need to take a test for gestational diabetes around now.It can be checked anytime from now to 22 weeks.