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17 weeks pregnant tip

After 17 weeks of pregnancy, your mobile baby can clearly see if it will be a boy or girl. Do you want to know? What you know for sure is that your womb is growing so fast that it starts to press on your bladder. So you have to go to the toilet extra often.

Your baby in week 17 of your pregnancy

The little sportsman in your womb is almost constantly moving when you are 17 weeks pregnant. At the end of the first quarte he moved even more jerkily, his movements are now smoother and smoother. He even has the strength and coordination to steer his toes and fingers. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are also trained. It is possible that he frowns or makes a grimace .

Are you also curious as to whether you will have a boy or a girl? According to the nub theory you could already predict the gender of your baby from the age of 12 weeks . From week 17 of your pregnancy the sex is almost always clearly visible on an ultrasound and you can really do a sex test, for example with a pre-ultrasound . Watch this video to see how a gender assessment works. Do you have any patience? If you want, you will be told in 3 weeks during the 20-week ultrasound if you will serve a rusk with pink or blue mice after the birth. Or do you opt for a gender reveal ?

You in week 17 of your pregnancy

Your uterus continues to grow, leaving less and less room for your bladder. You now know that this means you have to go to the toilet more often. Because you have to urinate so often , there is a greater chance that urine remains in your bladder or urinary tract, resulting in a bladder infection . Try to prevent inflammation by completely emptying your bladder and urinary tract. If you have a bladder infection, discuss this with your midwife .

By the way, you thought you had a good deal of pregnancy ailments, there’s a whole bunch in the queue. And not all of them are equally suitable for pleasant discussions during the tea party. Vaginal discharge , altered nipples , constipation and hemorrhoids . It’s all part of it! Don’t be ashamed of it, a large proportion of pregnant women suffer from the same ailments as you. And keep in mind: it is for a very good cause!

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When your baby arrives, you want him to always be in good hands. Even when you start working again. After all, can your child grow anywhere, but really blossom? More is needed for that. Your child will flourish with Humankind childcare.

You must have a maternity package at the latest 6 weeks before your due date . This is a box with medical items that are needed during an ( unexpected ) home birth . The costs for the package are not covered by your basic insurance, but if you have supplementary insurance , there is a good chance that your health insurer will send it. To do this, you must report your pregnancy to your health insurer on time. If the maternity package is not covered by your health insurance, purchase a package yourself .

Tips for You This Week

Breast growth is normal

Hormones and milk-producing glands are developing to prepare for nursing. All of this activity, plus an increase in blood flow, can boost breast size up to three cups!

Every pregnant woman is different, though, and every pregnant woman’s symptoms are different. While breast growth is the norm — and for some women quite a lot of breast growth — you might not notice any changes at all in your breast size, especially if you’re busty to begin with.Stretch to prevent sciatica

The sciatic nerve, the largest in the body, starts in the lower back, runs down the buttocks and branches down the back of the legs to the ankles and feet.

In most cases sciatica — sharp, shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in the back or buttocks and radiates all the way down the backs of your legs — happens when this nerve gets compressed by bulging, slipped or ruptured discs, arthritis or by a narrowing of the spinal canal, also called spinal stenosis. Try a heating pad or back stretches to ease the pain.Note any tooth changes

A loose tooth?! Hormones can affect the gums, ligaments and bones in your mouth, loosening the teeth and sometimes even causing them to fall out. This stops post-baby, but if you have periodontitis, see the dentist now.Eat non-dairy calcium foods

If milk or other dairy products aren’t your thing, you’ll have to cash in on calcium a different way. Luckily, dairy products aren’t the only sources of calcium — they’re just the most well-known.

Calcium-fortified orange juice or other fruit juices can offer about as much calcium as milk, cup for cup. For other non-dairy dietary sources of calcium, turn to green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds, almonds and calcium-fortified soy products like extra-firm tofu.

Your practitioner may also suggest that you add a calcium supplement for extra insurance.Strange skin symptoms?

Seeing spots — on your face? A line down your lower belly? Skin tags dotting your upper arms?

No need to dash to the dermatologist. These strange skin symptoms, including darkening moles and heat rashes are all normal and temporary.

As usual, hormones are to blame, but the sun can make many of these complexion matters worse. So stay shaded whenever you can — now’s the time to invest in a wide-brimmed hat — and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when you venture out in the daylight. Sunscreen is safe and smart to use when you’re expecting.

Check out all skin eruptions with your practitioner at your next visit, and don’t let them make you want to hide.Manage back pain

Backache got you down? Instead of nursing it on the sofa, drag it to a prenatal yoga or Pilates class. Both help stretch and loosen the spine, and release tension — a major factor in back pain. Another plus: Yoga and Pilates boost your overall energy level and mood, so you’re better able to cope with the pregnancy pains that remain.

In addition to back-centric exercises, you can also do simple moves that strengthen your abdominal muscles, which will, in turn, reduce the amount of strain on your lower back. But remember, don’t exercise on your back now that you’re well into your second trimester.

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