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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby's hearing has become so sensitive that loud noises might startle him or her. The eyes face forward, can discern light, but are still tightly closed. Cartilage continues to harden into bone, but will remain soft enough to manage the birth process with necessary flexibility. Fat tissue is forming, giving the baby a normal appearance, but it also helps with maintaining the metabolism, and regulating temperature. Additionally, fat pads are forming on the fingertips and toes and in a few weeks, the swirls that differentiate us by our fingerprints, will appear in a few more weeks.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 17

The enlarging uterus is becoming more round and as it grows will move other organs out of the way. It is sometimes possible for you to palpate your own abdomen and feel how the uterus is growing. This is easier to do when standing. There will be a steady increase in your vaginal secretions, especially the discharge referred to as "leukorrhea". Panty liners will probably make you feel more comfortable. You might also notice a steep increase in your appetite this week. Don't attempt to eat for two, however strong the temptation.

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A common pregnancy complaint is sciatica. This occurs when the sciatic nerve, a long nerve running from the lower back to the feet, becomes inflamed and causes pain, tingling or weakness. While it's not directly tied to pregnancy, pregnant women often deal with this condition. It's most likely linked to disc problems, which may become worsened due to the extra pressure of the pregnancy. The common description is like the pins and needles sensation associated with a leg falling asleep. This sensation may occur in the lower back, leg or perhaps the foot. A shooting, or burning pain may also be felt in the lower back, buttocks, or leg. Or it could be experienced as a pain that runs from the lower back to the foot, or a numbness.

Talk to your health provider about appropriate treatment options for sciatica. Sometimes the problem clears up on its own within several weeks. Your doctor might advise applying heat, and making certain posture is correct. Other options include seeing a physical therapist, chiropractor or massage therapist for treatment geared to prenatal patients.

Preparing for Baby

Sleeping options are a huge topic in parenting. Do you put them in the crib every night, same time, and let them cry it out? Are you going to try co-sleeping or the family bed? Will you be a Ferber follower or an attachment parenting devotee? There are almost as many sleep options out there as there are sleepers, and there could be a good chance that the one you settle on, might not be as attractive to your spouse or partner. So while you might be getting plenty of easy ZZZ's right now, it's still a good time to read up on the subject, think about your options, talk to other parents, and begin discussing it with your partner. Of course, that's not to say that you have to stick to whatever plan sounds good now in the abstract, but knowing your options will help in the future.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

By now you have probably developed a nice baby bump, which means one thing. Everyone knows you're going to be a mommy and the usual boundaries separating you from strangers have shrunk considerably. The most invasive type of contact is the belly rub. Some expectant mothers don't mind most times, and take it in stride. However, if you are not one of those, practice a clear, firm but polite way to deal with such unwanted attention. Other things you might deal with is sometimes personal questions, "You going to breastfeed?" or unsolicited advice. Sometimes it's easiest and best to just smile, nod, and go on your way. Other times you might need to redirect the questioner. But remember, it's just that the world seem to love seeing an expectant mom. It is a happy sight!

Pregnancy Week 17 Comfort Meter

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Davon M May 29, 2018 12:53:34 PM ET

I am 17 weeks and 1 day. This is my first pregnancy and I am EXHAUSTED! I feel like the baby is draining the life out of me, I can't sleep well, my breathing is horrible, and it takes everything I have to move. Does anyone have any helpful tips to get through this? I thought the 2nd trimester was supposed to be a breeze.

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Christina Feb 17, 2018 04:14:40 PM ET

I am 16 weeks 2 days and this is my first pregnancy. I feel the baby move at times but, I have not gained any weight and have no bump. I am concerned with this, as I have lost 15 pounds. Anyone else have this issue?

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Ella Oct 23, 2017 06:32:35 PM ET

I'm 17weeks and 3days. This is my first pregnancy. I have not felt the baby move yet,having discomfort around my uterus,but so far,I have been fine. Looking forward to knowing the sex and meeting my little one.

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Mia Mar 14, 2017 10:10:48 AM ET

I'm 17 weeks& 2days. This is my first baby, I feel the baby move alot but, also started feeling baby move really early. I've had some discomfort in my lower back and under my ribs. It's hard to get comfortable to sleep cause i feel my baby laying in my back but feel ok for now. Also have questions is it possible for the baby to lay on my nerves cause some of the time my legs will go to sleep or one of my arms? Also I know baby is growing fast but sometimes I won't be hungry and my belly will be rumbling for food so I some times force myself to eat cause I don't want baby to go hungry? Is that bad?

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Guest Nov 4, 2016 04:38:24 PM ET

I'm 17 Weeks and 1 Day Pregnant With My 2nd . Only Felt Flutters one Time . Headaches All The Time.

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Tyqweesha Brown Mar 14, 2015 01:15:01 PM ET

I'm 17 weeks pregnant, and it is my first child. I am having so many problems with this baby. I have the hurting on the left side. I don't know what to do. All I really wanted to do was go to sleep at night, but I can't sleep. I'm very tired. I don't understand what I can do. I'm having problems with my uterus. I'm also having problems with my the lower part of my back. I don't know what else to do or who I can talk to. I am very scared with this pregnancy because I've been having problems every since I found out I was pregnant, and is not really normal because with my last 3 pregnancies, I was just fine. I'm at all of my baby at 36 weeks. I don't know if I'm going to have this baby early enough. Someone please give me some answers.

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Asia Feb 28, 2015 06:30:12 PM ET

I'm 17 weeks and 4 days. This is my first pregnancy. I feel very uncomfortable. I don't know what a baby kick it supposed to feel like. So, I don't really know. I haven't felt the baby move, or if I did I didn't know. I have little crampy feelings. I guess that's the baby. When will the pain stop?

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Sammie Feb 3, 2015 05:22:28 AM ET

I'm 17 weeks and 5 days pregnant with my second bundle. Baby moves when he/she wants to. I feel kicks and punches. It feels like a karate session at times. I can't wait to meet my little munchkin!

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lisa Jan 21, 2015 07:00:43 PM ET

I am 17 weeks and 5 days. I haven't felt my baby move either. I get very paranoid, and keep thinking something is wrong. I have my appointment next week with my gynecologist. I can't wait to hear my baby's heart beat. I'm sure, since we saw the first time. We are just getting worried, and hope everything will be okay.

abby Oct 15, 2016 04:32:24 PM ET

The same here. i felt my baby move when i was 15 and 16 weeks but, now i am 17 weeks and 5 days and don't feel anything. is it normal? i'm so worried? i have an appointment with my gynecologist in five days. i cannot wait.

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guest Jan 13, 2015 03:26:29 AM ET

I am 17weeks and 5days pregnant with my second baby. I don't feel my baby moving! Is that normal? Because I've heard I should be feeling the baby moving right now.

Meza Sep 21, 2016 02:28:40 PM ET

Same as me. i feel nothing and i'm also 17 weeks 4 days now. this is my second baby.

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