Pregnancy Week 17
In pregnancy week 17, your baby is approximately 4.4 inches to 4.8 inches long and will weight up to 3.5 ounces. You can easily hold your baby in your palm, as it will easily fit in the size of your palm. The baby in the 17th week of pregnancy is very mobile and keeps on moving almost every joints of his or her body. As you will progress from one week to another, the baby movements will be more and more. Your baby's bones will start getting firmer with each passing day. It is said that from the pregnancy week 17, baby can hear things. Your baby till now was made up of water but soon it will start putting on some fat. The baby movements will be more in this week.
You can make your baby safe and warm by touching your tummy more than often. Your baby will start recognizing your touch and will feel loved. Rotate your hand over your tummy in circular motions as many times as you can in a day. This will comfort your child and also create the special bond of mother and child between two of you. You can even ask your partner to do the same, so that your baby knows his or her fathers touch too. You can also play music for your baby; you can sing songs for him or her. You will notice your baby responding to the music. Make sure you play calm and soothing music and not out harsh and loud music.
In pregnancy week 17, your uterus will keep on changing its shape. It will appear somewhat oval in shape. You will find it hard to figure where is your pelvis and abdomen, as the uterus will inhabit most of these body parts. Your tummy will be out and the world will know about your pregnant status. Your uterus will be about 1.5 inches to 2 inches down your bellybutton. Your weight gain will be rapid. The baby's movements will be irregular but you will feel them often now. The vaginal discharge will be more from this week ahead. Your discharge will be odorless, clear and milky substance and it is called as leucorrhoea. This vaginal discharge is caused due to the increased blood flow in the vagina.As you will progress further form pregnancy week 17, the vaginal discharge will be more. Many women think that they are leaking amniotic fluid and get worried. But the discharge is quite normal and it is not amniotic fluid. But still you can visit your doctor and take their opinion to clear any doubts that might be giving your stress. If you get bleeding also, then you must not waste time and consult your doctor as early as possible for you. Douching should be completely avoided during pregnancy, as it can create complications in the pregnancy. In case you are having itching and burning too along with vaginal discharge, then there are high chances that you have got yeast infection. The doctors will provide you necessary treatments to kill the infection.