Now that you are in week 17 of pregnancy, you are getting close to halfway through the pregnancy. There are quite a few changes that are occurring in both you and your baby during this week, and it is important that you know what to expect. You also need to know what you should be doing at this time for a healthy pregnancy.
During week 17 of pregnancy, the uterus is going to begin to move upwards toward your belly button. Since it is getting bigger, you will be beginning to show and you may even feel a bit off balance because of the shift in your center of gravity too. At this point in time, you probably will have gained somewhere between 5-10 pounds, and now maternity clothes are going to be a must. While wearing larger clothes may work, you will probably want to go shopping for some maternity clothes that fit right and that will make you look and feel your best.
In week 17 of pregnancy, many women are beginning to feel like they have more energy. This is caused by the placenta beginning to produce it’s own hormones. While you may have been overly tired for the past few weeks, you will be glad to feel your energy coming back. Although you will be feeling energetic, often during week 17 of pregnancy women begin to notice that they get dizzy when they stand or sit up. You will need to be careful of this, but simply sitting down or laying down for a minute can help. Also, be sure to be careful to get up slowly as well.
While your tummy is probably the most noticeable thing growing, during week 17 of pregnancy your breasts are probably beginning to get larger as well. You may want to invest in a special maternity bra for pregnant women. Also, there are special sleeping bras available that will provide you with comfort while you are sleeping as well.
Once you get to week 17 of pregnancy and beyond, it is going to be especially important that you reduce the amount of stress in your life. You need to avoid stressful situations totally, and work to make sure that you eliminate any stress from your life. While you will never be able to get rid of all the stress you have, do your best to keep things as stress free as possible. Keeping your stress levels down will help you have a more healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby as well.