Arriving at the 17 weeks of pregnancy your baby starts to build up fat and you gain weight (completely normal and necessary) in both cases. While your little heart beats to pace, heal rearranges to accommodate the uterus that almost reaches the level of the navel.
- Your baby measures: 6 inches (a little more than 15 centimeters)
- More or less of the size: the length of a U.S. dollar bill.
- Weight: 5 oz (141 g), what weighs more or less an Apple.
At 17 weeks of pregnancy, your baby begins to form and accumulate the fat that will give you his angelic appearance at birth. But rather than issue of look, that fat fulfills a very important function of keeping the baby’s temperature and regulate your metabolism.
In addition, at this stage the ducts in your lungs develop and prepare to inhale oxygen, although for now they do not breathe more than amniotic fluid. Your little also practiced motions necessary to swallow and suck.
If you have an ultrasound at this time perhaps you can see him doing these movements, and even taking hand to mouth.
Your heart beats 140 to 150 times per minute, double the speed of an adult heartbeat. You sounds fast, this rhythm is completely normal for gestational age. And another great advance is that his heart is now controlled by the brain.
Still harden their bones and their circulatory and urinary systems are in operation.
As your baby grows and gains strength, its umbilical cord is also extended and strengthened to meet the increasing demands of a larger baby.
Your belly is already evident and you can have increased between five and ten pounds (of 2.25 to 4.5 kilograms). As already nausea are gone, your appetite takes effect and cravings can do his thing. Although worry you get too weight, tries to focus on the quality of the food, not limit amount. From now on, it is now normal that increase around one pound (0.45 kilograms) per week (more on this topic on How is distributed weight in pregnancy?).
As your uterus grows, other organs in your body are reacomodados. Your intestines, for example, begin to push back and side of your trunk (with the inevitable side effect on your digestive system).
Although much remains for childbirth, there is something you can be doing to better prepare you: Kegel exercises. It is contractions of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Put in simpler terms, what you do is tighten your internal muscles as if you were urinating and you want to interrupt the flow.
Kegel exercises help prevent urinary incontinence caused by pregnancy, improve circulation in the lower area of your body and strengthen the muscles to facilitate the second stage of labor.