17 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

17 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Looking good, little pomegranate! You babe is growing leaps and bounds and you’re probably feeling great at 17 weeks pregnant! The second trimester is glorious and now that you’re feeling a bit better, you can really get excited about this whole baby thing!

Not feeling better yet? I’m so sorry. I remember the worst of the morning sickness had subsided a bit around week 14 last time, but I was still queasy and exhausted at times through 19 weeks. There IS light at the end of the tunnel for you. Just keep eating and drinking throughout the day!

17 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

The cloud of pregnancy fatigue may have lifted at this point, but some women still suffer from insomnia and day-long tiredness. Adding an iron and B12 supplement can help to give you a bit of an energy boost during the day. Having healthy sleep habits, can set you up for an uninterrupted and restful sleep. Essential oils, meditation music, and mood lighting are easy additions that can make a big difference. Talk to your doctor about healthy sleep aid supplements if you still are struggling with fatigue.

17 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

I don’t know if it’s because my sister’s wedding is over and I’m not back to reality or what, but this week was the first week where I have fully realized that there will be a real-life baby on the other end of this, and let me tell you, I am EX-CITED! I perused the baby aisle at Target and even picked up a few things that I know that baby will need. I remember feeling so, completely out of control and out of my element when it came to baby registries and what my unborn love would need, so it’s nice this time to slowly start gathering items [and pulling a few out of storage] for this little love!

It’s for that exact reason above that I’ve got my ultimate baby registry guide ready for all you new mommas! This is the big topic that we’ll discuss at week 20 when you’re halfway there! For now, start thinking about what colors you like/what you think the nursery will be like and we’ll go from there…

What are you feeling?

ECS – Electric Crotch Syndrome

I remember this from last time and I know it definitely gets more frequent [and more painful] the closer we get to Labor Day… It’s the most random feeling of… well… electricity about as low as it can go… almost from the outside in… down there. Do you know what I’m saying? This will stop you in your tracks when it hits and there’s no feeling out there quite like it. Let me also state that it’s not a good type of electricity for all you who are taking this where it doesn’t need to go… I see you!

I think it has to do with the increased pressure… down there… Whatever it is, it’s a flash of pain and then it’s gone. I call it electric crotch. And it’s officially back in action. [I do want to note that I’ve only felt it 2-3 times total between 17 and 22 weeks, so it’s a random act of… violence to the lady area, and it’s a pretty common thing in pregnancy.]

The Bathroom… Again?

Y’all… it was NOT this bad last time. I pee about 7482624855 times a day.

Pregnancy Milestone – Planning the Nursery

Since the holidays are around the corner and, as soon as they’re done, it’ll be time to celebrate B’s 3rd birthday and then I’ll be huge and ready to pop, I want to be ahead of the nursery prep game so that I can nest and relax as much as possible at the end of this whole thing [I say that, but I’ll probably be all over Buy Buy Baby while having contractions on Labor Day].

When we found out I was pregnant, we moved B into the playroom and did the whole “Big Boy Bed” transition [that’s a whole other post right there], so that we could keep the baby furniture in the same room and keep the nursery in the room next to our’s. The first go-round, I went as gender-neutral as possible when it came to the nursery and I’m so glad I did! By changing the rug from blue to pink and keeping the blues, greys and whites we already had in there and adding pink, girly touches, this room transformed from baby boy to tiny girl in no time and with hardly a ding to my wallet! We still have a long ways to go though…

Now is the time to start thinking about what style you’ll want to go for in your nursery, if you are even able to put baby in a separate room [if you’re not, don’t sweat it! Babies really don’t need their own space! A bassinet next to mommy and daddy’s bed is just fine]!

Here are the basics of what you’ll need in baby’s room:

  1. A Crib
  2. A Changing Table [or a dresser with a diaper-changing station on top of it]
  3. A Glider or Rocking Chair

And that’s it. They’re big items, but that’s really all you’ll need to make a room into a nursery.

Start considering colors, too. In a few weeks, we’ll be talking about baby registries and you’ll start gravitating towards the colors you chose for the nursery or your overall aesthetic. When I was pregnant with B, I went with neutral EVERYTHING. I wanted grey and white and touches of blue. This time, I want the exact same colors with touches of pink! I have to say that I’m so glad I picked neutral colors for B last time, because I’m able to reuse so many of the same items this go-around! The stroller and carseat will stay the same in black and the white high chair isn’t leaving our kitchen. I know it REALLY doesn’t matter what colors you put that baby in, but I like neutrals and that’s not going to change, so why pick out neons or bright colors now?

Here’s how we decorated our Baby Boy Nursery

Needing some more nursery inspiration? Head over to Pinterest. That’s ALWAYS a great place to start. Here is a list of my favorite stores to buy baby products/nursery items from:

PotteryBarn Kids
Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
Buy Buy Baby

How to Survive this week:

Oh the glorious second trimester! Riding that pregnancy high and getting so excited to meet your little sweet pea! Remember to continue taking care of yourself, staying active and hydrated as much as possible! Baby will be here in just 23 weeks! Time to start thinking about how your home will need to change to prepare for baby!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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