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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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RachRiv - 4 days ago
Is anyone else confused with how many months they are? Some say 5 months and some say 4..

lissie**** - 6 days ago
deebo the fall is a reason for bleeding. My high risk dr told me there is really only 2 causes for bleeding at this point. Your cervix or your placenta. They can check the cervix so if that wasn't it, then it was your placenta. You are wise to have put yourself on bedrest. Good girl. Just give it time to heal up again. Probably just not attached as well from what you've been goign through. When you've had a subchorionic Hematoma that can cause the placenta to just not be attached as well.(especially if you had it late first trimester early second trimester) But just take it easy. Thats all you can do. So glad bleeding has slowed down. It's so scary to have bleedin like that!

jk85 - 8 days ago
Hi, christmasbaby.

Christmasbaby!!!!!! - 10 days ago
Hey guys I have just joined! Nice to meet y'all!

deebo - 10 days ago
Ugh more complications with this baby, my sch healed, then the other day (after I slipped and almost fell but caught myself) I started gushing blood, went to my doctors, found HB no problems.. Came home, and started bleeding through my pants.. Sat in the ER for 8 hours, had a beside ultrasound, HB and baby are ok. No cause for the bleeding, saw my doctor again the next day, due to still bleeding.. HB is still nice and strong. So scary, I put myself on bed rest, bleeding is almost gone today.. So stressful.. I can feel baby moving now though, which is fun. Can't wait til it's more obvious feeling! I've developed a lot of food allergies With this pregnancy, a lot of things are triggering migraines.. Which sucks!!

lissie**** - 10 days ago
Kathy yay!!! That is amazing! I can't see mine yet with the dang placenta in the way *and a few pounds of fluff too. //laurentyesmomma// you are getting there! It won't be long. Mine is tomorrow! It's felt like it is taking FOREVER to get to tomorrow. I'm excited

laurentyesmomma - 10 days ago
17 weeks today, doctor on Monday and my gender ultrasound should be booked yey!

kathy=^.^= - 12 days ago
Finally felt a few baby movements yayyyy and I could also see it popping from the outside it was amazing.

lissie**** - 13 days ago
Mel// yes me too. When I have healthy options in the house I will eat them and I've been trying to do this. I've been cooking lot of Korean food which is really healthy :) Also, I've been trying to snack on healthy options but I've been doing worse since second trimester hit. Oh dear.

mel90 - 14 days ago
Awake at 2 in the morning super excited about the us and i cant seem to get comfortable and this is only 17weeks 22more weeks of this but its all worth it for my lil blessing.. i need to cut down on the eating late at nite but i cant help i get so hungry n crave stuff i need to buy yogurts.. more heathly stuff so i wont gain to much weight..feeling movements here and there but cant wait til they get stronger

kathy=^.^= - 14 days ago
I do get to get an ultrasound and I go august 4 which isn't to far away but it just doesn't seem like it's getting here fast enough you know.

lissie**** - 15 days ago
Kathy// when do you go back?! Will they do an ultrasound???

kathy=^.^= - 15 days ago
Hello week 17 don't think I have felt baby movements yet and it makes worried... Can't wait to go back to the dr

lissie**** - 17 days ago
Juliesmomma// I feel bad for you! It's not ideal but at least you can see belly growing lol. 'fatter' he he. Are you feeling baby? I can't remember?

lissie**** - 17 days ago
Mel// yay! Just a few more days! Mine is next Monday. We are excited/nervous!

mel90 - 17 days ago
My b18b u/s is this thursday cant wai to find out the gender super excited

Juliemom24 - 20 days ago
It is definitely not ideal. I miss getting the reassurances every month from a doctor that baby is doing well, but I'm getting fatter so I must be doing ok;) September cannot come soon enough. I guess it's fortunate that it happened during the second trimester when nothing is really going on, as opposed to the third trimester. When is everyone's ultrasounds?

lissie**** - 23 days ago
That is awful!!! I jsut asked u about all that on week 18 lol. Glad you get to see baby though!!! I may be switching insurance too. But I don't think there will be much in between time. I am trying to decide if I will stick with this insurance. It seems to be sooo expensive that another would be better at least for this next year.

Juliemom24 - 23 days ago
anxiousmami, I just moved too! There is so much to do and change. My husband's new insurance has a 60 day waiting period so I can't see the Dr. until September:( We have some in between insurance for just in case something happens but it doesn't cover maternity. However, I did find a clinic that will do an ultrasound for $25 just down the street (to only find out the gender). I see them next week! Wohooooooo! I'm really excited to see this baby!

lissie**** - 23 days ago
I hated moving while prego. I had to move 2x with all previous pregnancies. It can be frustrating finding a good dr/midwife etc. HOpe you get settle3d in

anxiousmami - 25 days ago
Lissie: I do not. I moved recently to Cali and have been trying to adapt here and find housing, medical etc. Been stressful. We are moving again , now to Oklahoma (I'm from there). So once we arrive, this Thursday I am going to get everything in order and start my OB care. Can not wait, it's been a hectic few months

lissie**** - 27 days ago
anxiousmomma// do you have your ultrasound scheduled yet!?? Shouldn't be long now! I feel like I've had to wait forever! hope you get your boy.

anxiousmami - 27 days ago
Hi ladies, week 17. I am hoping for a boy, I have 3 girls right now. Ill be finding out soon hopefully

lissie**** - 29 days ago
She did say that if it's a brother she'll enjoy having her own room forever ha ha!

lissie**** - 30 days ago
My daughter used to say it was okay she doesn't have a sister b/c she has me! But the past year she cried a lot for a sister when she would go to bed. That's pitiful. Prob just b/c she started school and her brothers grew closer and bff and she felt left out a bit. Also, her cousins that live here are 3 sisters--now a 4th actually.

letroise11 - 30 days ago
Lissie- I hope you get your little girl, sisters are great. My older girls are still close even though they are teenagers. My husband wants a girl, says he wants it to be him and his son, so he won't have to share his time with two boys.

lissie**** - 30 days ago
letroise11// we are the opposite I have a bunch of boys and am hoping my only daughter gets a sister. I would be happy with a 4th boy :) Just don't know if this is our last baby. I am not having any wierd pains, YET. But my hips and joints are bothering me and have been for weeks. It's pretty early on for that. I only had that this early with my daughter and also my bbs already up 2 cup sizes and I lost weight...which only happened with my girl... I'm probably looking for girl similarities ha ha. I won't find out until almost 21 weeks though. another 3 weeks.

letroise11 - 31 days ago
2xmommy- I would say it's a tingling. It doesn't feel good that's certain. I was really hoping for a boy but our test said girl. I'm still holding out on the possibility the test is wrong. My husband and I have only 1 boy and a bunch of girls. I would love for my son to have a brother.

2XMommy2B - 32 days ago
we also have known for awhile that we are having a baby boy :-) 3rd boy between the two of us!! (I have a 6 yr old & he has a 4 yr old son from previous marriages) We had an ultrasound at 12 weeks and she said she would take it to vegas that it was a boy but genetic testing confirmed the Y chromosome :-) everything is so different this time around!!

2XMommy2B - 32 days ago
begin.again - that is weird that your due date is dec 6th b/c I have the same due date and I know for sure that I conceived on March 14th. I was actually trying to get pregnant and was tracking my ovulation to the tee lol I think from you're saying you got pregnant before me and should be due 1-2 weeks before dec 6th...I bet you deliver before the rest of us!!

2XMommy2B - 32 days ago
letrosie11 - yeah, kind of like something didn't move as quickly as I's crazy! it's the tingling sensation that worries me tho - do you get the tingling when it happens??

begin.again - 32 days ago
Crystal- I've been feeling my baby move since 11 weeks but now that my baby has moved the movements aren't as strong as before. I found out the sex of my baby a week ago or so!!! :) I had blood work done to test for DS and other things they could also tell the gender from that. I haven't had a gender reveal u/s and I don't know if they will give me one. I have to have a fetal echo and a level 2 ultrasound. Both of those the Dr. doesn't tell you the sex of the baby. I'm going to ask for one because I haven't told anyone the sex, I want pics, and my S/O wants to be there when I find out the sex of the baby.

crystalklein - 32 days ago
Begin.again - my baby is also sitting veryyyy low!! I think it should be okay?? I'm starting to also feel little flutters here and there :) it's getting me so excited. I'm due dec 8 soo excited for a little baby to join us at Christmas time :) has anyone found out the sex of there baby yet?

letroise11 - 32 days ago
2xmommy- I've been having something like that. When I move I feel like my ligaments are moving slower than I am. Or sometimes like my uterus can keep up. I honostly just think it's from having more than one baby. This go around I am way more aware of where my uterus is and I can feel it growing

begin.again - 32 days ago
2xmommy- Thank you! That's what I was thinking too. My due date was originally Nov 26 but now it is Dec 6 and to me that doesn't make sense because it doesn't add up. I had spotting March 10-13 and I would only assume it was implantation bleeding because I've never had spotting before and it happened 12 days after I had unprotected sex.

2XMommy2B - 33 days ago
Also, I don't remember feeling this with my son...he's 6 now...everything has been different this time around and not usually for best :-/ Haven't talked to DR about the tingling only lasts for a second or two..but I want to make sure it's not something I should be worried about...

2XMommy2B - 33 days ago
has anyone else experienced this - sometimes when I move suddenly I get the weirdest sensation - it's kind of like a pop or a strong kick from the baby but it's soo weird!! I'm pretty sure it's not the baby I'm feeling b/c it only happens when I move from a sitting position...anyone have any idea what I'm talking about???

2XMommy2B - 33 days ago
begin.again - if you had implantation bleeding on the 10-13th then you would have got pregnant 6-12 days before that...based on your LMP and the implantation bleeding you more then likely got pregnant on the 4th - since you don't usually get pregnant after you ovulate you probably ovulated a day or 2 late...hope this helps!! good luck and congrats on the new baby!! did they give you a due date yet??

begin.again - 33 days ago
When did I get pregnant? My LMP was feb 19-24. I had sex feb 25 & 28. I ovulated March 2 and had sex march 4. I had sex again March 14 and March 16 but he didn`t finish. On June 6 I was measuring at 14 wks 4 days. So now I`m around 17 wks 4 days. When did I get pregnant?? I had implantation bleeding March 10-13

begin.again - 34 days ago
I think my baby is sitting low. When I went to my last appointment a few days ago. The MA found my babys heart beat a few inches below my belly button. She would it immediately too. :) I've been feeling a lot of movement in my lower abdomin and I don't feel much movement in my upper stomach anymore. Anyone else baby sitting low? Should I be worried that the baby is sitting low??

lissie**** - 35 days ago
boo. Hope you feel better soon!

letroise11 - 35 days ago
I've been going to bed with a head ache and waking up with the same one😩. Just thought it was allergies. No energy at all either. And still so long to go.

lissie**** - 37 days ago
I've been feeling baby every day now for a few days! (not all day but at least at night when I go to bed)

aprilrose - 38 days ago
yes, I've been having them too. Right around 1 or 2 they will hit. But now that you mention it, I haven't has any this weekend. Must just be work! haha

mommy2mason - 41 days ago
What about headaches? I have had horrible headaches almost everyday.

aprilrose - 41 days ago
Sound like girl range lissie :) M2m I'm just starting to feel movements. Still very subtle.

lissie**** - 41 days ago
Soon you will probably pass me up soon with your baby bump but I have a definite round tummy. I can't imagine being prego with twins! It's so awesome. and stressful too I'm sure. Special pregnancy though for sure. I'm feeling better with less m/s :) I haven't felt baby either. Baby's hb was in 150's

mommy2mason - 41 days ago
I still haven't felt the babies move yet - I figured they would be having dance off's in there by now. My cramps have definitely intensified, and I look pregnant now. Seems I have popped just within the last two days. How are you ladies feeling?

ASergeantsWife - 57 days ago
Yeah!!! Found our Friday that we are having have a BABY GIRL! :)

jojo - 60 days ago
Welcome to week 17 Aksnods.. so exciting to find out. We found out Friday we're having a girl :)

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