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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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BethQ - 10.8 hours 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 - 1 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 - 1 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 - 1 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 - 2 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?

sher-baby - 2 days ago
for me, im leaning towards a boy!! i wanted and felt like i was having a girl with my first and i did!! this pregnancy is sooo different from my first!! like night and day!! i'm gaining more weight, i have cravings (always something greasy or fried, like fast food!!, i've had MS'ness, my sleep is a MESS, im gassy to no end!! OMG what a difference...with my daughter, i had nothing!! so we'll see in about 24 weeks if my gut feeling is right!!

RJean - 2 days ago
I have no idea whether it's a boy or girl. I was right with my first and wrong with my second. I am leaning towards a girl, but that may be because I have two DS and this pregnancy has been very different from those pregnancies...but I really have no idea!

BethQ - 3 days ago
Honestly, I think it's another girl. Which would be fantastic, we'd havr 2-2 then.I've always had a hunch and not been wrong yet.

floydianslip2 - 3 days ago
My anatomy scan is set for 11/4, I absolutely can’t wait! Do either of you have a feeling one way or another? With my last two pregnancies I had a gut feeling that they were boys and was right, this time I have no clue! So I went to the doctor yesterday, looks like I have a nasty sinus infection and the start of an ear infection. Started a zpack last night, which is awful because antibiotics mess with my stomach pretty bad. It’s been hard keeping food down. So it’s been a rough few days, but I’m hoping that this starts to clear up soon!

RJean - 4 days ago
I had an anatomy scan set for the 10th but had to reschedule so DH could it's scheduled for the 14th! I am right there with you Beth-the anticipation is building!

BethQ - 4 days ago
Can't wait for the rest of my peeps to get to this week! I feel like an island here talking to myself lol. Pretty excited, our anatomy scan is set for November 7th! Anticipation is killing me!

mommynwifey5 - 12 days ago
I joined the fb group today :) yes they are in diff sacs....25% chance of being identical I hope they let us know cause I need to get the ball rolling on getting ready for them teehee

Dec Baby - 13 days ago
Woohoo 1st.time...congratulations on getting a little girl 😊 That is sooo exciting! Did they give you a percentage on the likely hood of your LO staying a girl? One of my pregnancies the sonographer told us they were only 80% sure it was a girl and not to go out and buy a pink was so frustrating at the time, cause that's exactly what I wanted to do...hehe exciting that you are getting twins!!! Wow, I really hope they cooperate when the sonographer is sorting out the genders:)) Do you have any feelings on what they might be? How cute that you can see 2 baby lumps..hehe! Has your pregnancy been straight forward with the twins? Are they in separate sacs with their own placenta? Anyhow all the best for week 17...oh yes, it is so quite here, I think a lot of ladies have joined FB groups:( So keep posting if you have the time and's actually so nice hear about twins:)

mommynwifey5 - 13 days ago
Haven't been on in awhile.....17 weeks today!!! The twins are doing amazing!! We go back for our 7th ultrasound Thursday and hoping we can find it what they are since they wouldn't sit still two weeks ago.....they are all over the place and I'm already feeling kicks!!! They hate if I lay on my back!!! I end up with two lumps lol hope everyone is doing great.....this site is so dead since my last baby :( I really miss it

1st.time.momma - 13 days ago
Hey dec, everythings been going good on my end. We couldn't wait to find out gender. So far its a girl! Ive been feeling some stronger movements but nothing really regular yet. Shes more active at night like your LO.

Dec Baby - 17 days ago
Woohoo...I can't believe I'm already 17 weeks!! I have been so busy that I missed week 16 altogether:S I was supposed to have an O.B app but he was in surgery so I have rescheduled for the following week! I have booked in my scan:))) still not sure if we're gonna find out! I'm finally feeling some regular movements from baby...but only at night when I'm still;) I don't really have anything exciting to report, hope you girls are all doing well!

1st.time.momma - 26 days ago
I know alot of woman couldnt find the fb group and so heres a link

blondiemom84 - 39 days ago
Has anyone had a home water birth after c-section?? My Dr. Is completely confident that I can easily do it because of my 4 previous natural births. I only had the caesarean because she was breech but I really wanna do a water birth at home with a midwife. My husband is very apprehensive, but I think it will be fine.

room4onemore - 43 days ago
Karabara- if you have your due date and put it in at the top of whatever site you are using it should say. Mine was May 12 and I know because that was my husbands birthday and the only tome we had sex in a over a week.

room4onemore - 43 days ago
Feeling great this week!! I hope it lasts I have been so exhausted and moody. No real cravings but just I NEED IT NOW food. Taco Salad mainly How about everyone else? Also went to my appt and have my 20 week scan scheduled but the ultrasound tech is on vacation so I have to wait until I am 21+5 to get it

cutezilootz02 - 45 days ago
Very quiet in week 17

karabara - 50 days ago
how do I find my conception date?

klawest2 - 53 days ago
I created a Facebook group for all IAP mamas who are due in 2015 :) search 'IAP 2015' and request to be added! I was a part of the IAP 2012 Facebook group and still keep up with lots of the mamas I met there!

NICOLA2010 - 59 days ago amazing how unpredictable labour is eh... wonder why they pushed u for epidural.. im going different hosptial this time cos i moved area.. tht makes me anxious.. im sure it be fine tbough - 60 days ago
Off to week 18 today! But looks super maybe I'll stay here?! - 60 days ago
NICOLA2010 - I'm a big planner..however for labor I learnt last time no plan is a good plan! You never know what to expect! I was scheduled to be induced with my the day before they put a gel on my cervix and that thankfully started labor without the actual. induction. But it was so slow moving evenutally we had to induce with meds. Baby's heart rate kept dropping i was getting prepped for a c-section and then boom i was 10 cm lol! It was a loooong crazy 25 hours i was sick and we ended up in hospital for a week. So I have no expectations for this one just hoping it's a bit better! I would like to go longer without epidural this time because they kind of pressured me into getting it when i did last time and i wasn't really needing it quite yet..but again who knows how i will feel!

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago
my 2nd i was induced again and i opted to not go for any pain killers.. i ended up 3/4 in 5 hour labour with gas n air coudknt take it anymore.. and right near the end i asked for epidural.. but half hour after getting epidural my baby born was born.. so the epidural didnt start working and i was itchy all night from side effects.. i will make sure next time round to not have an epidural cos it was more trouble then what it was worth... gas n air i found was great.. my gas n air actually ran out.. so i was inmedicated most the labour

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago
anyone thought through a labour plan? and whether u will go all natural? gas n air? epidural? morphine? hospital birth, home.... with my first i was induced was in soo much labour pain i needed morphine, later on i got epidural, there was a problem my cathetar wouldnt work and by time i had baby 24 hrs labour my bladder was dangerously swollen.. this led my to alot of pain after the epidural wore off and also cos i coukdnt feel contractions when i pished i didnt know where i was oushing and my urethra was left very very sore i couodnt take care of my bbay and was in so much baby i was wetting tge hospital bed

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago oh cool same dates.. yeah u may go late u may not theres no trend.. im hoping i will be 3rd time lucky and have natural labour... i cant wait to hear ur news on gender - 60 days ago
My due date is also January 28th NICOLA2010! I'm sure I'll have baby in February though lol i went late with my first. so I will just assume the same for this one! I'm glad you are feeling well ;) and I'm so glad you heard baby's heart beat! I'm so excited for Saturday going to hopefully find out the gender! off to 18 weeks tomorrow woo hoo!

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago
so these past few days ive been really regular.. in fact today i went a couple of times.. sinse i ate chilli been regular and brought prunes.. anyone else starving hungry?? i cant stop eating!! i gained 4lbs from last month which is all good

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago glad ur appointment went well and got to hear hb im more relieved now.. and felt few more kicks last night at my left low side..

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago
i think im due before all u ladies now.. my date is 28th january was 2nd feb.. i prob be last one pregnnat though lol with my track history

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago
minibubpink... aww do u have a photos of baby? j wanna see..

NICOLA2010 - 60 days ago
just got back also.. all went great heard hb right away.. my dates have changed to 28th january yay.. my dates were 5 days off yipeee.. messuring on time.. gained 4lbs all is sweet.. and im happy.. got my ultrasound 8th september yay

minibub(pink) - 60 days ago
Scan went really well. Bub was extremely active got some fantastic 3d photos of the little cutie pie. Felt so weird saying Iwe didn't want to know the sex. Bring on jan now. - 61 days ago
minibub(pink) - Enjoy seeing baby!!

minibub(pink) - 61 days ago
Yay I have my anatomy scan today so excited. I was 18 weeks yesterday so hoping they will be albe to see everything they need to. I am keeping the sex a surprise. I found out with my two other two so really looking forward to it - 61 days ago
konepich - Those kicks and tumbles are coming any day now! I was surprised how early I felt this one..but again this baby has proven to be quite active even today she could hear baby moving around with the doppler! - 61 days ago
Just got back from my prenatal..all was good! Was so nice hearing little peanut's heart beating away nice and fast at about 160 again! Doctor had no trouble finding the heart beat the minute she put the Doppler on my belly there it was! What a great feeling I forgot how much I loved it! Your turn tomorrow NICOLA2010 - Can't wait to hear about it!

NICOLA2010 - 62 days ago
konepich... i felt what felt like kicks more like fkutters like u say or a rolling feeling. it was just the once though nothing sinse.. ouch poor u.. is this ur first sorry i cant remember?

NICOLA2010 - 62 days ago thats interrsting... my daughter i dont remember being too active.. i felt the kicks i felt often at night time.. she was a lazy baby and was not easy at all.. cried alot from acid refluc and colic.. my son again not particularly active when born he slept and slept and easy baby.. he had strong kicks though.. amd was strong when born..

konepich - 62 days ago
Ladies I'm jealous. You're all feeling the baby move. All I feel is the uterus stretching. Went food shopping and barely was able to finish. I was in so much pain from it. My gift has her placenta in the front and she's due in 2weeks. She says she feels flutters than kicks. Nicola- Harrison was a very busy baby when he was in the belly. He is my little mischievous nonstop baby. He keeps us o lb our toes for sure! - 62 days ago
NICOLA2010 - My son was pretty calm in my belly..and has always been calm! He was such a great baby..he was super easy to please, and very rarely cried!

NICOLA2010 - 63 days ago yep placenta at the front... was ur son a good baby? quiet? how active was he when born? - 63 days ago
Mine is also feeling really low NICOLA2010 - and I don't think you should feel concerned it's still early,and didn't you say your placenta was in front? I was shocked I felt baby this early..but this baby has proven to be quite active on the ultrasound's i've had so much that they had trouble getting their pictures properly! So That's probably why I can feel him or her already!!! My son was not as active at all..and he was a calm baby i didn't feel him until 19-20 weeks. So I'm a little worried that this baby might be a handful ;)!

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago
ive been feeling kicks yay first time.. preety sure of it... really low down though.. but it was great to feel

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago no problem.. yeah got renovations over the weekend gona be crazy! no rest for me.. monday gonna drive to my hubbys dad, tues dr appointment.. cant wait.. and thats awesome ur gonna find out gender.. now im hearing u ladies feel the kicks im getting concerned.. - 64 days ago
my hubby and i are so impatient with finding out the gender of this one that we booked a gender assessment at a 3D ultrasound clinic for next Saturday lol!!! I dont even have my mid pregnancy scan booked yet..and I just can't wait anymore It literally drives me insane wondering if this is a boy or girl!! I was going to treat myself to a pedicure...then changed my mind and said we had to find out asap! - 64 days ago
NICOLA2010- sorry busy day yesterday! Well it's almost the lets get it over with so we can both hear our little ones next week! - I can't wait to find out either! I've been feeling baby almost daily this thats been so exciting..and i'm feeling ok..but still nausea when i wake up or if i dont eat enough! I dont think thats ever going to change at this point lol !

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  1. Lynnbushea - 29 Mar 2015
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