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Week Seventeen is here, and the baby is finally full of life! Well, from flopping, flipping, and smiling, the baby will make everything stronger until you can feel and enjoy. The baby is adding weight rather fast, and your center of gravity keeps shifting; think of getting away those high heels away until the end of the third trimester.
By this week, the baby has grown even bigger and measures about 5.1 inches long and 6 ounces. He/she would be bigger than your palm. The movements in the uterus are becoming intense day after day, and you should be able to feel them. These movements are referred as ‘quickening’ and are felt as the baby practices the hardening bones and maturing joints. The movements help to guide cells development especially in your legs, neck, and hand joints.
While these acrobatics commenced towards the end of the first trimester, it is only now that they are becoming more emphatic. This is a great time to share some moments, you, your partner, and the baby by playing some cool music in a cool and relaxing environment. Hold your partner’s hands and rub the belly softly while talking sweet words to the baby. He/she can hear and will respond!
Apart from kicks, the baby is also changing positions and breaths are more intense. The developing diaphragm contracts and regularly expands as the baby takes more amniotic fluid. The hands are regularly folded so that he/she puts the thumb into the mouth and sucks repeatedly. The movements are very critical for the fast developing lungs, air sacs, and taste buds.
Apart from the abdomen being pushed upwards, the elevated progesterone hormone will relax the valve separating esophagus and stomach and make acid to drip easily into the stomach. This will give a burning sensation (heartburn) that will recur till the 40th week of pregnancy.
While there is not much you can do about it, here are some few tips to keep heartburn and associated discomfort at bay;
To relief yourself the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, here are a few things you can do;