Your baby and your body are both going through a lot of changes this week

By the time you reach your 17th week of pregnancy, it’s without a doubt that you will begin to feel a certain ‘shift’ in your body, the way you feel, and in some cases, even your mood. But don’t worry, the mixed bag of emotions that you are feeling is completely normal as both you and your baby begin to adapt to these new changes. Here’s what you need to know.

Good-bye first trimester morning sickness

By this time, you’re likely enjoying the perks of the second trimester of your pregnancy. If you suffered morning sickness during the first few weeks, there’s a chance that has finally settled down now. You might also be showing a little and as a result, your friends and family members are delighted to see you progress as your baby bump grows more and more, week by week.

Now, as far as your baby’s height and weight is concerned, there’s rapid progress being made during the 17th week of pregnancy. Your baby is growing much more now, with the head and body more in proportion. If you are going for your 17th-week scan with your doctor or trusted health professional, they will also tell you that you can expect much more movement from your baby, if you haven’t already noticed it.

Dancing with the baby’s first audition

Of course, one of the reasons why your baby is moving and shaking like he or she is on a disco floor is because they might be responding to loud noises from the outside world. This can be to the tune of your favorite songs on the radio or a reaction to any of the conversations you may be having with your partner. Either way, your baby’s ears have definitely perked up by now.

It’s also been noted that at 17 weeks pregnant, your baby might have adapted to his or her own sleep routine in the womb. This might come as a surprise to many expectant mothers, especially since they know just how much babies don’t sleep after they are born. Believe it or not, your baby is actually sleeping 90 to 95 percent during the day. It’s safe to say that your little bundle of joy might be saving some of his or her energy for when they finally meet you!

No baby bump jazz hands, please

Now, as far as mom is concerned, there’s a good chance that some of the people that you come across every day might be inclined to touch your belly bump. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to speak up. After all, this is your body. You have every right to tell people that it’s not okay to put their hands on your body. However, make sure to send out your message kindly but firmly.

With that said, you might have also noticed that by your 17th week of pregnancy, your appetite might be growing, too. And that’s certainly okay!

But before you reach out for that third cookie that your co-worker brought today for the office kitchen, keep your health in mind. While it’s certainly normal to want to give in to your cravings, your body is going to need all the fuel that it can get as it continues to grow. Try to substitute sweets with plenty of fruits and vegetables along with protein instead.

Someone turn off the snore

Also, there’s another pregnancy symptom that a lot of expectant mothers often don’t like to talk about: snoring! If your partner is tossing and turning every night because of your orchestrated symphonies in the middle night, tell them not to worry. This is only temporary. That’s because your nose is feeling the effects of your pregnancy hormones, too.

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