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Your baby's blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and there's no baby fat yet to plump him up.
Avoid lying flat on your back now. Your growing uterus compresses major blood vessels, decreasing blood flow to your baby.
Keep moving: Standing still – while doing yoga poses, for example – can lower your blood pressure and make you dizzy.
You're in your fourth month
Baby development at 17 weeks
Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone.
The umbilical cord – her lifeline to the placenta – is growing stronger and thicker.
Sweat glands are starting to develop.
Your baby at 17 weeksTap the plus for more details
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Your baby is about the size of a turnip
head to bottom
Pregnancy symptoms during week 17
Starting to feel a bit off balance? As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, so you may begin to occasionally feel a little unsteady on your feet. Try to avoid situations with a high risk of falling. Wear low-heeled shoes to reduce your risk of taking a tumble; trauma to your abdomen could be dangerous for you and your baby.
You may also notice your eyes becoming drier. Using over-the-counter lubricating drops may help. If your contact lenses become uncomfortable, try wearing them for shorter stretches of time. If you still have discomfort, switch to glasses until after you give birth.
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Pregnancy checklist at 17 weeks pregnant
Learn some relaxation techniques
Deep breathing, guided imagery, prenatal yoga, and progressive muscle relaxation can help you stay on an even keel – and sleep better.
Jot down your crazy pregnancy dreams
You may find that your dream life gets extra weird during pregnancy. (Thanks, pregnancy hormones!) It's worth writing some of your wildest ones down.