Welcome to Week 17
You are only a week away from completing four months of your pregnancy! Here’s what you can expect this week.
Update on Your Body
Your belly will continue to get bigger as your uterus grows in size. Your uterus is currently round-looking but will start to elongate in the next few weeks. As your uterus grows, it will make space for itself in your abdomen by pushing the rest of your organs around. You may have gained around three to four kilos by now.
Update on Your Baby
Your baby’s umbilical cord has been consistently becoming longer and thicker in the past few weeks. Now that the ears have formed and are in their final location, your baby’s ability to hear is getting better. The adipose or fat tissue is beginning to form too, giving your baby a more ‘normal’ appearance. The fat tissue helps regulate body temperature and metabolism. The lungs are now exhaling and your baby’s head, eyelashes and eyebrows have begun to grow hair. Your baby may become more active by the end of this week.
Your Baby’s Size
4.6 inches, or the size of a pomegranate.
Tips for an Expectant Mom
Ask your doctor for an iron supplement if you aren’t already on one. Pregnancy increases your blood volume by 50%, and an iron supplement can help reduce the risk of anaemia. Include iron-rich foods such as chicken, spinach, tomato, green peas, kidney beans, dried apricots, peanut butter, grapes and fortified cereal in your diet.
You may experience mild pain in your legs as your growing uterus exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve below it. Massaging your legs and soaking them in a bucket of warm water may help you feel better. Also, avoid standing for too long.
Keep small snacks like dried fruit, nuts, biscuits and fruits handy, to feed your growing appetite.
Stick to nutritious foods low in fat, sugar, salt and preservatives. Eat more fruits, vegetables, grains and home-cooked meals, and indulge your cravings in moderation. Such habits will help you gain healthy weight and prevent unnecessary and excess weight gain.
Try to move slowly and avoid sudden and swift movements, especially when getting out of bed, moving from a sitting to standing position, climbing stairs or walking. Swift movements may make you dizzy or cause you to faint.
Occasional lightheadedness is common during pregnancy. However, if you experience dizzy spells often, or if they last too long, discuss them with your doctor.
Avoid skipping meals or staying hungry. This can lower your blood sugar levels and result in lightheadedness.
Tips for an Expectant Dad
Plan your expenses along with your partner before the arrival of your baby. Keep some extra capital aside for unpredicted expenses such as a caesarean section or additional tests.