What happens during the 17th week of pregnancy?
- You're both plumping up: Your baby is now developing that cute baby fat to keep warm and provide energy once they’re out in the world.
- Baby brain: You may be experiencing brain fog or forgetfulness, known as pregnancy brain. At the same time, your little one’s brain is becoming active, working to regulate the steady pumping of your baby's heart, which is beating at a pace of 140 to 150 beats per minute.
- Getting a taste for it: Baby’s learning to suckle and swallow in preparation for that eventual first feeding.
- Making a mark: This week, tiny fingerprints are forming on your baby’s little fingers.
Fetal movement at 17 weeks
Week 17 is when some moms start to feel “quickening,” which is your baby’s very first movements. Feeling those tiny kicks is one of the most special parts of pregnancy—and such a welcome joy, especially after some of those uncomfortable first trimester symptoms.
What does baby movement feel like at 17 weeks?
Quickening might feel like a slight twitch, so don’t worry if you can’t feel it just yet. It can happen any time between now and week 22.Be on the lookout for a fluttering sensation, sometimes mistaken for gas or your stomach growling.
How to get your baby to move at 17 weeks
While 17 weeks can still be early to feel fetal movement, there are a few ways you may be able to encourage your precious one to wriggle in the womb. Eating a snack, talking or singing to your baby, gently massaging your belly, and lying down on your back have been shown to stimulate movement in utero—just be sure to consult with your doctor first.
What is the position of my baby at 17 weeks pregnant?
Your growing baby is nestled in the amniotic fluid in your uterus. You start to feel increased back pressure as your uterus expands.
What does a 17-week fetus look like?
At 17 weeks, your sweet pea is growing stronger and looking more “baby-like” every day. They are now as big as the palm of your hand—about five inches long. Their eyelashes and eyebrows are starting to come in, but their eyes are still shut. Your baby’s body size is becoming more in proportion to the head. You’ll get to see these magnificent developments during your next ultrasound.
17 weeks pregnant symptoms: girl or boy?
Can pregnancy symptoms predict the sex of your baby? Many of us have heard that if you’re carrying high or have a severe bout of morning sickness, you’re having a girl. Carrying the majority of weight in front and craving salty snacks? Some believe that means a baby boy will be making an arrival.
Trying to figure out the gender of your baby is fun, but gender-specific pregnancy symptoms are mostly myths. There is no scientific proof to them. The most reliable way to determine the sex of your little one prior to birth is during an ultrasound, usually performed by week 20, or through amniocentesis conducted around week 16. Of course, you could also wait until your baby is born and let nature reveal the wonderful surprise.