Week 17 pregnancy symptoms

Symptoms to expect for your 17th week of pregnancy

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  • Your pregnant body

    Heavens – you could be having some very strange dreams at the moment. Many mums-to-be report having the most vivid dreams. Sometimes these will wake you and could leave you feeling worried and emotional. It’s not clear why pregnancy sparks these off, but it may be a way of expressing anxieties that you’re harbouring.

    Make the most of this trimester and take a travel break, while it’s still comfy for you to be a passenger. When it comes to flying, different airlines have different rules, but most will let mums-to-be fly until their 35th week if there are no health issues. If you are flying, remember to wear anti DVT socks to help with circulation.

    This could be the week when you get to feel your baby move for the first time! Don’t worry if you don’t, many mums don’t feel their babies until after week 20, and it takes longer still for your partner to feel the baby as the movements aren’t strong enough yet to be felt outside of the womb.

    Varicose veins may also begin to appear. These are swollen veins that appear just under the surface of the skin on your legs. You are at an increased risk of having them if your mother did, if you are overweight and if you sit or stand for long periods of time. Avoiding tights and socks that could restrict blood flow is advised.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week…

  • What you should be doing this

    Firstly, make sure that you are eating and cooking safely. Our checklist can tell you what foods to avoid and which ones to eat loads of!

    Secondly, make sure that you are doing pelvic floor exercises as these will help get your pelvic floor muscles in shape for the birth as well as afterwards (which helps prevent any leakages when you cough or sneeze post-baby).

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 17 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you had when you were 16 weeks pregnant, and what you can expect for your 18th week of pregnancy.