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Your baby's weight has doubled in two weeks and now weighs about 3.5 ounces! The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is 4.4 to 4.8 inches. If you spread your hand out opened wide, you can see about how big your baby is.

Your uterus is moving up and is now approximately 1.5 to 2 inches below your navel. You are showing more now and there is a noticeable swelling in your abdomen. At this point in your pregnancy, a 5 to 10 pound weight gain is normal. Other people can probably feel the difference in your lower abdomen if they were to rub your tummy. To be the most comfortable, you should be wearing maternity clothes or clothing that is too large for you. You may have felt your baby move already. However, you might not feel it move every day at this point. As your pregnancy progresses, movements become stronger and more frequent. Feeling your baby move can help reassure you that your baby is doing well. You might also notice that your gums or nose bleed occasionally. This is from the increased blood volume that puts pressure on small blood vessels and capillaries.

Huge changes continue to take place within your developing baby. This week fat begins to form and will continue to do so until he is born. Fat is important to the body's heat production and metabolism. Right now, at 17 weeks, water makes up about 3 ounces and fat 0.018 ounces of your baby's body. In a baby at term, fat makes up about 5.25 pounds of the total average weight of 7.7 pounds. The placenta is continuing to grow at an amazing rate. The placenta will continue to develop in tandem with the fetus and it will weigh more than a pound at birth! By this week, the placenta is large and well established with a network of blood vessels that exchange nutrients and waste.

The eyes are facing more forward. The ears are now close to their final position.

Your baby is more flexible with ability to move head, mouth, lips, arms, wrists, hands, legs, feet, and toes.

Fingerprints are forming now.

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beanaleena - 12 days ago
Mebre- great to hear!!! We received the results of the panorama genetic testing!!!! I have a healthy baby girl!!! Over the moon!!!!!!!!!! She is not here yet- she is cooking!!!!!!!!!! my sickness, and horrible taste in the mouth is back with a vengeance! I truly hate being pregnant minus the feeling of the baby every thing else SUCKS!!!!!

mbrereton - 15 days ago
beanaleena thanks for your comment I have had the procedure done and all went well

butterfly4 - 19 days ago
hey all you mommy's to be hope all is well with you all. I have one quick question. I have had little to no appetite thus far I never seem thirsty I force my self to eat and drink on a daily actual lost a few pounds never experienced this problem with past pregnancy's any ideas I fear I am still losing weight but I'm just not hungry I try and try I eat very healthy so I snack a lot of fruit. Please no judgment I am trying

mamaford77 - 23 days ago
I have had 3 premature babies, but always because of pre-eclampsia, never to do with incompetent cervix. I have heard that they work well though!

beanaleena - 23 days ago
Mebreten, I haven't had one, my cousin has with 2 of her children. She has 2 uterus's, plus other issues. I know that after losing 2 babies around16-18 weeks the stitch worked well for her. :-)

mbrereton - 24 days ago
Hey ladies I have to have a cervical stitch and was wondering has anyone else had to have one and how did it go ???

beanaleena - 26 days ago
Mamaford I know this is just my nervous paranoia, but last week I missed my genetics appointment due to the weather. so today was the rescheduled day. I hope this doesn't throw off the results. I was under the impression that the panel test for downs was more accurate at 3 weeks.

beanaleena - 26 days ago
Babyflump, I am so sorry about your morning sickness. I, too have had this issue accompanied by this AWFUL taste in my mouth. I was given Zofran- didn't work for me, made going #2 a living hell!!!! I will tell you what has worked for me. I ask people to save judgment. I started having this horrendous craving for beer. This was odd because at 35 I have drank maybe 10-15 times my entire life. So this was odd to me. I thought maybe I was craving it b/c I couldn't have it. I finally gave into my craving. I bought a 6 pack of NON ALCOHOLIC Coors. I drank it and WOW it took that AWFUL taste out of my mouth, and I stopped throwing up. I now sip all day on 3-4 NON Alcoholic Beer. I have tried them all. I have found that the cheap one as opposed to the expensive ones, taste so much better to me. I have had people say, 'don't you realize there is a small amount of alcohol?' Trust me I researched. >.5% It takes 10 of them to = 1 real beer. I also found that O.J. has anywhere between .2 and .7 %. So there it is. This has worked for me.. I have been able to clean my house, do my homework and be a mother to my other children after succumbing to my craving. sucking on ice throughout the day has helped as well. Good luck.

beanaleena - 26 days ago
Mamaford, I did my genetic counseling today. 7-10 days is what I was told as well. We are testing for a few things. My sister has had two children with a very serious, terminal syndrome. Her first child passed at age 4, she had a misdiagnosis at the time(was told she would never have another child with the same issues as they thought it was a fluke) She then had another. Her child is now 2 and in the same condition. I was tested for that (to see if I am a carrier). Fingers crossed for the news of XX (female). AS the syndrome only affects boys. Praying for good news.

mamaford77 - 27 days ago
Babyflump, have you tried asking your OB for Zofran or something similar? I take Zofran, Reglan, and OTC Diclegis for my nausea/vomiting. I can't even keep down water without it.

mamaford77 - 27 days ago
Beana, she told me about 10 days. It's only been 4 and I'm already so impatient lol.

Babyflump - 27 days ago
Hello ladies. So for the last 3 weeks I've been getting morning sickness and it's becoming more frequent :-( I only felt nauseous in the first trimester and it's knocking me for six! With 2 other children to look after I'm struggling. My son was late for school this morning coz I couldn't get out of the bathroom. Any ideas what I can take? I never had sickness with my other 2 x

beanaleena - 27 days ago
Mamaford!!! I just read your bio. I love your (and your families) happy ever after! You and I are about the same age. I am sure we have similar fears. Tomorrow I go for my scan, and genetics counseling. A little nervous. How long does it take to get results back? Please keep me posted on yours!!!!! I jumped ahead two weeks due to ABSOLUTELY NO activity on this site!!!!!

mamaford77 - 28 days ago
Hello Week 17! We had the Harmony panel done last week, so just waiting on results now. My first trimester screen came back with all negative results, so I'm pretty sure we'll get good news. I am excited to find out gender a little earlier than my ultrasound though!

mandykat760 - 45 days ago
I can't wait for the real kicks :)

sher-baby - 45 days ago
Yes it is a good feeling...catches me off guard tho sometimes!

Sunshinebaby8 - 45 days ago
Sher baby... YAY!!! It's the best feeling isn't it!!!

sher-baby - 46 days ago
I've been kicked!!!...or punched! Or head butted! ...quite frequently yesterday and it's starting already today! :-)

supermom87 - 46 days ago
Nope just said it happens sometimes but they want me back Thursday of this week for an ultrasound to measure my cervix so fingers crossed that my cervix isn't getting short to soon

Sunshinebaby8 - 46 days ago
supermom.. that is WONDERFUL NEWS!!! did they say why you were bleeding?

supermom87 - 46 days ago
Baby is doing great gotta go back Thursday for ultrasound to check cervical length

supermom87 - 46 days ago
Yes I'm high risk have been since my first baby I'm at Dr now because of bleeding hoping my baby is ok :/

sher-baby - 47 days ago
I'm here...just don't always feel like commenting. :-)

lexy-b - 47 days ago
supermom87 were you high risk? I normally get 1 ultrasound requisition per pregnancy around 18-22 weeks to do the measurements etc. but that's it. The doctor ordered an extra one this time for dating around 9 weeks. Of course I paid extra to have 3D ultrasounds done to confirm the gender but paid for those myself. You're lucky to get to see your little peanuts so much :)

Sunshinebaby8 - 47 days ago
WOW.. everyone is so quiet.. where did everyone go? lol

supermom87 - 47 days ago
What's longest wait yall had for an ultrasound I'm going on 2 months now wondering if this is normal cause my other pregnancies I got one at least once a month

supermom87 - 48 days ago
Well my ob won't cause my insurance won't cover it there and at high risk doctor aka specialist last time I went to the specialist I was 12wks when I go back I will be 19wks I am just unsure if they will tell us at the specialist office they never said one way or the other last time we were there if we would find out or not it was a basically we went in here's your baby the heartbeat got a pic sent us on our way

Sunshinebaby8 - 49 days ago
supermom.. why wouldn't they tell you? We won't find out what we are having.. but this is our 8th and final I too don't really feel anything anymore.. I was but it stopped. Baby is fine though .. good strong heart beat! I still don't need maternity clothes though. I'm still in my normal clothes. But I have to admit.. I hate this stage. It's that awkward stage where people can't tell if you are pregnant.. or just Looking forward to a more profound bump :)

supermom87 - 49 days ago
This #5 and last for me lately I have been getting this hard knot in the lower part of my stomach I think its the baby curling up in one spot lol still haven't felt a kick or punch yet I am hoping we find out what we're having on the 14 I will be 19wks by then I just don't know if the specialist for high risk pregnancy will tell us I'm so anxious and I hate not knowing

sher-baby - 49 days ago
Roo- I think lots of ppl are on FB groups. That's why it's gotten so quiet here.

Roo27 - 49 days ago
Woah this place is quiet! Just logged on for the first time since my DS was born 4 years ago, and what a difference! Have people stopped having babies?! lol!

sher-baby - 50 days ago
This is #2 for me but I'm not worried yet. I will say tho!! I have had Braxton hicks all day!! That didn't start for me until around week 30with my first!

babylove5 - 51 days ago
Happy Halloween! It is going to be a long fun day for the boys. My baby goes to bed at 6 so he will be grumpy staying out until 830 with trick or treating. I didn't feel anything with my 1st until I was 25 weeks. I know with each pregnancy for me it happens sooner. They can be in a odd position too. It's great once you do feel it everyday. I always feel closer to the baby.

sher-baby - 51 days ago
I'm not feeling anything yet either....I don't think. We still have time so I'm not worried.

supermom87 - 51 days ago
I keep having moments it feels like butterflies in my tummy then I pass gas and I don't feel anything afterwards I feel like I'm so behind everyone else lol my breast just started leaking yesterday no obvious baby movements and no clue what I'm having

babylove5 - 52 days ago
Bean79 I love this stage too! I love waking up every morning and laying in bed feeling my little man kick. It's so cute! I woke up yesterday and he must have been asleep so I started rolling around trying to wake him up until I felt his little movements. I can feel his hands and feet at the same time. He is so cute now that the movements have really started I feel I am bonding with him. I normally feel connected before the movements but this pregnancy it took me longer. I think because I feel overwhelmed sometimes.

bean79 - 54 days ago
I always drink water all day long, but I started BH contractions last week. The last two days they were pretty frequent. Same with my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies also, so it's normal I guess. I've been feeling baby move, but nothing consistent yet. It's so cool because the last few days, instead of just the flutters and rolling, I have felt actual kicks that kind of startle me. I LOVE this stage!!!

babylove5 - 54 days ago
I wish I could drink 60 ounces a day. I drink coffee everyday too and my aunt said I have to not count the 1st 20 ounces of water because of the coffee. I don't like drinking 40 ounces of water but she said the coffee cancels out the first 20. I love coffee so I can't give that up.

RJean - 54 days ago
Before I had my first DS, I couldn't stomach water at all-I probably only drank 15-20 oz a day. Breast feeding taught me how to chug water like nothing else and I usually drink about 60 oz a day now...but that's mainly because I do lap swimming and get easily dehydrated in the water.

floydianslip2 - 55 days ago
I know I’m not drinking nearly enough water… I haven’t been keeping track of how many ounces, but if I had to guess I’d say 30 oz a day at the most? I’m just not feeling thirsty for some reason.

babylove5 - 55 days ago
Willow I was having rather intense Braxton hicks while shopping last week and called my aunt who is the head RN over the maternity ward. She told me to drink water and they went away. I still get them but not that frequent or intense. I hate drinking a lot of water since I'm already bloated and pregnant. I drink 40 ounces a day and that's it. It was 20 until my BH contractions started. How much water are you guys drinking a day?

babylove5 - 55 days ago
17 weeks yay!!! I was laying in bed this morning with a full bladder and I could feel my lil guy kicking like crazy! I can only feel him a lot when I have a full bladder and laying flat.

floydianslip2 - 55 days ago
Willow, I asked my doc about this at my last appointment because I thought I was getting them too. She said it’s normal if it is non-painful and just feels like a tightening or mild cramping sensation. She said that the uterus practices throughout pregnancy, but she also said that to pay attention to that feeling and make sure that you’ve been drinking enough water or aren’t doing any activity that is too strenuous because sometimes you cramp up when you’re over doing it. Beth, the “oh we’re going to have it be a surprise” idea is hilarious!!! I might do that!

BethQ - 55 days ago
Just cramping and irregular or sharp and severe, Willow? Cramping is pretty normal throughout pregnancy. It's the uterus practicing for the real deal. If they're sharp, lasting for 30 seconds or longer, or hard to talk thru, I would definitely go in and be checked. Good luck!

WillowBrooke - 56 days ago
Is it normal to start getting Braxton Hicks at only 17wks/5months pregnant?

BethQ - 57 days ago
Hahaha, I'm mean, but if I were being pressured that bad, I'd look at her, smile sweetly, and say 'Oh, we're going to wait and be surprised!' and refuse to mention it again. I hate people who 'take over' other people's pregnancies with nonsense and drama.

RJean - 57 days ago
Right now my MIL is just so happy to have another grand baby that she doesn't care about gender. I would get pretty peeved if there was that much pressure for gender from any family member. I bet in her mind, she is so thrilled at the thought of a girl that she is playing overkill unintentionally and isn't even considering how aggravating her actions seem. I agree with sherbaby, ask your DH to bring up the topic with his mum and ask her to back off a bit until after the gender reveal. This is YOUR special time to enjoy and you shouldn't feel any pressure over something you have no control over!

BethQ - 58 days ago
Ugh, so glad neither of my MIL'S are like that! I'd be so pissed off! Like you said, like you can even control it.

sher-baby - 58 days ago
I don't even know if my MIL knows! Lol...if I were you I would ask DH to tell her to back off a bit!! I wouldn't do it myself because I wouldn't want her to think I'm being a B****, and it's his mom!!

floydianslip2 - 58 days ago
Ugh, my MIL is putting so much pressure on me for a girl! She has 7 grandkids and all but 1 are boys, so she’s really on me about this, like it’s even my choice! She’s been sending pink things to the house, making comments all the time, even flat out telling me that this is her “last chance to have a little girl in the family”. When I told her the ultrasound date the response I got back was “YAY, can’t wait to get the GIRL confirmation!”. I get that she has visions of dresses and bows, but it’s to the point that I feel so much pressure about this that I’m almost afraid to find out, and I’m going to feel really bad telling her if it is a boy! I’m not going to let it take away from my excitement over finding out though. Anyone else having MIL pain?

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