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You are 17 weeks pregnant.




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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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PaulaSoon2B8 - 9.2 hours ago
I've never had it myself, and there are different degrees mild to severe...the milder the hypothyroidism the less chance of any complications, the higher the severity the higher the chance of pre-mature birth, and potential defects mental or physical...some woman have perfectly fine pregnancies and deliveries...you just never know, all you can do is have your doctor monitor you very closely...which I am sure they will anyhow...good luck!

nycnaz23 - 2 days ago
Hello All, I had to come to a room thats active. Seems like nothing is happening in my week :( I have to ask, does anyone suffer from Hyperthyroidism? I knew I had it, I never started meds due to insurance issues. And then I got pregg, totally wasnt planned. Has anyone gone full term with it?

TaraR - 2 days ago
Happy 17 weeks everyone!!! My next appointment is May 19th...which is also my youngest daughter's 4th birthday! :) I hope everyone has a great week!

PaulaSoon2B8 - 2 days ago
Here we are 17 weeks along...almost half way there....for some of us, already half way there:) I know my doc has taken my last 2 a couple weeks early because they grew so fast :) Anatomy scans, and regular appointments coming ahead for everyone...good luck to all and feel well :)

1morefor4 - 5 days ago
I'm feeling much better today. I think I was just overly tired yesterday and that triggered the headache.

kekea - 6 days ago
1morefor4 hope you feel better. And thanks lady.

1morefor4 - 6 days ago
I've been feeling so much movement today. This little one is hanging out pretty low also. It's such a thrilling feeling. The only negative is today is a headache day.

1morefor4 - 6 days ago
Congratulations Kekea!!!

treadingwater - 6 days ago
yes, I started to feel them more around 14 weeks but now I am feeling more stronger movements. It is around my bladder area and my lower belly! Awesome feeling!!

RowdyRandi - 6 days ago
Aww congratulations kekea! I can't wait to hear what everyone else is having too

kekea - 6 days ago
Well guys the tech was right at 14 weeks she is a confirmed girl! Can't wait to find out what you ladies are having. In addition everything looks great.

1morefor4 - 7 days ago
kekea--I hope you get a 100% clear shot of girl or boy parts. Let us know.

kekea - 7 days ago
I hope you ladies are all doing well. I have my scan tomorrow. I was told by the tech at 14 weeks that she believes that the baby is a girl. I saw girl as well so we shall see. RowdyRandi try to just take it easy. Treadingwater I am 18 weeks and 4 days and finally feeling consistent movements. 1morefor4 feeling movements is also stressful because when I don't feel them I panic. Lol.

1morefor4 - 7 days ago
treadingwater--I've been feeling little taps off and on since about 13 weeks but last night and this morning I felt a lot of movement. I'm hoping it starts getting more consistent. I'm such a paranoid pregnant lady that I could use the constant reassurance.

treadingwater - 8 days ago
anyone feeling baby kicking yet? I've been feeling mine more now. It's exciting and reassuring as well.

1morefor4 - 9 days ago
RowdyRandi--I hope everything is fine when you have your scan

RowdyRandi - 9 days ago
Hello anyone else in here? Well had some spotting again last week but dr says everything appears fine. Baby heartbeat was good and no infections. Hadn't had intercourse for 3-4 days when it happened so unlikely that was the cause but was told no sex for 2 wks and no heavy lifting. My 20 wk scan is may 20th. Hopefully baby is good and there's no placental issues

kekea - 17 days ago
Week 17!!! This is getting real. Lol.

holz8519 - 28 days ago
welcome to week 17 austinjeanxo I have my anomaly scan the 22nd.

austinjeanxo - 30 days ago
I will be joining you in week 17 tomorrow. I have an ultrasound on the 21st of this month, going to make sure they dont tell me the gender.

beckym - 31 days ago
Moving to week 18!

beckym - 32 days ago
I'm trying to avoid wheat and sugar sweetened stuff, this is proving more of a challenge than I could have ever imagined.

beckym - 33 days ago
Anytime! I would love some of that nesting dust, pass some my way! My little tornadoes are constantly keeping me on my toes with my house. Keeping the mess at bay is so draining, I love the nesting energy. I tried going the last 3 days with no wheat or added sugar, it was working great until church this evening, body of christ bread, and then I lost myself to two white chocolate macadamian cookies. I will be good tomorrow.

Free2Bmom - 33 days ago
Becky- thank you! Great advice! I'll ask at our local hospitals if there are courses or anything like that here. My goodness I'm feeling huge and uncomfortable already. I look like I'm 7 months. I'm not a very big girl and I'm short bodied so I show right away and always look way bigger than I am. I'm carrying so high with this one so I have a lot of heart burn and feel like I'm breathing through a straw. I coughed and almost peed last night.... That never happened when I was pregnant before! Ugh, I have a feeling this is going to feel like the longest pregnancy ever lol. Still feeling blessed though and thank goodness my nesting finally kicked in and my house is bleachy clean! Even the fish tank got a full scrub down. Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!

beckym - 34 days ago
Free2bmom - The transition is tough going from only to older, it is great that he is taking it so well, I always sign my kids up for the classes the hospital has little kids and babies, older kids and babies, they are informative and also help ease the transition. Also try to do any major changes before the baby is born as they will be more difficult in the first few months and can sometimes be directed as the baby's doing. Good things to do before are room changes, potty training, weaning. I am teaching my 3 almost 4 year old to read now, because it will be more challenging with an infant, I always use the same lesson book the Duggars family use and it always does the trick great, I figured that if it works for 18 of them and she still uses it, there has to be something to it. We also bought a present for my son to give him from the baby when she was born, to help him with the transition and to accept his sister. Even with all of this we had our rocky moments, but they eventually do adapt to siblings. He is very thoughtful of his sisters, they don't always get along, but when they do it is one of those mommy moments where your heart is singing.

Free2Bmom - 34 days ago
I've had a fetoscope and a Doppler since I was pregnant with my son. It was actually my doc suggestion for piece of mind. It's nice to hear the heartbeat when in moments of doubt but I hardly ever use it. It was dusty the last time I'd used it lol. My son loves to listen to the baby though cause it boops loud when she kicks and he thinks that's pretty awesome :) I'm so thankful he's excited for a baby cause he's so used to having all of the attention to himself, I was really worried he would be jealous so I've made it a huge point to put great importance on him being a big brother and I think that has helped to keep him from feeling resentful. Hopefully it still works after his little sister is born!

beckym - 34 days ago
I got my fetoscope in the mail, listening to my own heartbeat to test it out it sounded like I was in my heart it was so loud! However the website said the best time to start using on the baby is 20 weeks and up, so when I tried to listen to all over my belly, I got nothing. Soon enough, a couple more weeks, and I will keep trying, it is exciting!

beckym - 36 days ago
Free2bmom, my son was that way too, outgrew the carseat so quick his feet were dangling out of it! Sadly I sold my last infant carseat on craigslist, I still have the stroller.

Free2Bmom - 37 days ago
Becky that's great that you're on track for a healthy pregnancy. I've been quite sick with this pregnancy so I had lost 12lbs the first three months and have gained back 6 now. Baby is measuring ahead of schedule on every ultrasound so she's obviously healthy. I am looking at car seats..... Ugh, first world problems..... I have too many vehicles so I need to find one that's easy to switch from one to another. I Just got a Jetta to drive in the summer cause it's so much easier to manoeuvre around in and my son can get in and out so easy on his own and I drive my Jeep Wrangler in the winter because it will never get stuck and I don't have to worry so much about ice and snow, I feel more safe in it.... But then my husband wants to take his jacked up truck here n there which I hate, so i need to find one where the base switches over easy. I also had a 9 lb baby with my son so it's important that it's light because we have big babies in our family. I had a Maxi-Cosi with my son and it was nice n light but he out grew it's height and weight restrictions so quick. I might get another one cause it was easy to move the base and it is one of the lightest on the market. Anyway..... Is anyone else car seat shopping? Any recommendations? I was excited today cause the babies room is no longer our 'don't know where else this should go' room. It's all cleaned out and ready for me to terrorize with baby gear lol.

beckym - 38 days ago
17 weeks today! At my doctor I gained 3 lbs from last month, not bad, I only want to gain tops another 20 lbs, this is my 5th pregnancy and I didn't lose all of the weight I should have from last year when I was pregnant, and the extra from each other one, so now I am about 20 lbs from my top pregnancy weight and am a little freaked out. I ordered a fetoscope, which I am excited to get in the mail in the next couple of days. My middle child's birthday party is happening on the 18th of april, so I have a lot of planning to do. Need to wrap up invitations quickly, I am behind, and get started on preset ting up decorations. A fairy theme, I need to find wings for 5 dollars or less for each girl, get the materials to make the fairy head bands, find out how much tulle is at the fabric store, and buy 2 bubble machines for the entrance of the place. I am making fruit wands from a wooden skewer with a ribbon on the end to stop the fruit, then two red grapes, 1 strawberry, 2 red grapes, and a star cut of watermelon on the top. Lots of plans for that. I don't know why, but I have decided to let the kids sign up for a ton of things this spring, soccer for both, boy and girl scouts, and cheerleading. Maybe I have shaken this blues I have had, I have been going out a lot with the kids, parks, walks, library activities like storytime, math club. I think this is going to be a good year.

omotadedami2010@yahoo.com - 43 days ago
Hi Mrscephas, thanks so much . Hope u feel good today. Can't wait to find out the sex of my baby too. Have not started feeling d kicks yet.

beckym - 45 days ago
I feel most of my flutters when I am lying on my left side relaxed.

mrscephas - 45 days ago
Is anyone feeling the baby move properly? Any time I think I've felt a movement it's been followed by a growling bowel sound so I'm a bit confused. I'm desperate to feel this baby kick and I've felt flutters at 13 weeks but no kicks yet!

mrscephas - 47 days ago
Welcome omotad. I'm 17 weeks today as well and feeling much better than a few weeks ago. My 20 week scan is 3 weeks away and in looking forward to finding out what I'm carrying.

omotadedami2010@yahoo.com - 48 days ago
Hi everyone. Am new on here .. Am 17weeks gone.Sure everyone is feeling great today

maimai88 - 62 days ago
17 weeks today! how is everyone?!

charcharsuperstar - 68 days ago
Hi ladies! 17 weeks here.. whoot! I miscarried my last 2 so I am so thrilled to have made it this far! Still have waves of nausea come and go... but much better than first trimester. Bursts of energy now and then, too.

chastangmomma2 - 69 days ago
Hey Girls! New to the group and just wanted to introduce myself. I used this site when i was pregnant with my first and found it so helpful and nice to have other expecting ladies to talk to. I even kept in contact with a few. It took me a while to remember the name of this site but thankfully I found it. 17 weeks + 3days pregnant with number two. Ultrasound tech says its another boy. Hope all you mommmas are feeling wonderful.

britniA - 69 days ago
so I was wondering if any of you girls wanted to go in to a private face book group together, since our due dates are quite close and that way we can keep in touch even as our little ones grow. Message me if you are interested.

flybear - 83 days ago
17 weeks! Ya

anything4nikki@gmail.com - 89 days ago
I'm only 17 weeks along but I sure do look and feel like I'm like around 28 weeks...lol. I definitely have a huge bump and I'm really starting to feel the aches in my hips. I guess that means they are loosening up so they can spread? In the morning I'm fine but when the evening hits my hips start to get a little sore. And my sore hips also makes me wake up and switch positions when I sleep. The crazy thing is, when I wake up in the middle of the night I have a hard time sitting/getting up and switching positions so I just slowly roll from side to side. On another note, I can't wait until the weather gets a little warmer so I can start going out on walks. I have more energy these days and I just feel the need to move around.

liltyke7 - 91 days ago
YEAH!!! Week 17...1 more week closer!!

jewjew - 97 days ago
not many ppl talking just lately - anyway feeling baby move but have heartburn quite abit - all gud so far xx scan due 25-02 to find out the sex hoping for a little girl again as already have a 15 month daughter so b great for them to be close sisters xx

stephysbaby - 107 days ago
hows everyone feeling?..im moving to 18 weeks on wednesday!!..cant wait 14 more days till I find out if im having a boy or girl!!..then I can start my shopping..haven't felt any kicks yet any day now would be nice!!

greatodudukaillhelp@outlook.com - 112 days ago
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greatodudukaillhelp@outlook.com - 112 days ago
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loralb - 112 days ago
I am almost 17 weeks along with my third and havent felt a single kick yet. Any day now would be nice.

loralb - 112 days ago
stephysbaby-welcome back! I tried the chinese gender chart and it said boy for me as well though I'll bet it's a girl. Don't care which it is, but we will find out on the 20th!

stephysbaby - 112 days ago
hi everyone..i haven't been on this website in years I don't see many ppl writing but I decided to start writing ...I am 17 weeks pregnant today with my third child..I have two girls already <3..this 1 I am hoping for a boy but if its healthy that's what matters I haven't felt any movements yet..cant wiat to start feeling the kicks :)..I go feb 2nd to find out what i am having and it feels like its taking forever!!!..If everything goes as planned I will have my scheduled C-section on June 18th for this will b my 3rd C-section..I hope there will be ppl to talk to looking forward to see how everyone else is feeling!!..also has anyone tried the Chinese calander i used it for my girls and it was right this time says a boy sooo we will see!!

loralb - 113 days ago
I am almost 17 weeks along with my third and havent felt a single kick yet. Any day now would be nice.



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  1. loveyoubaby - 08 Oct 2015
  2. aabhatiwari077 - 09 Oct 2015
  3. Amyh20 - 09 Oct 2015
  4. overjoyedmommy2 - 09 Oct 2015
  5. TaraR - 09 Oct 2015
  6. Treadingwater - 09 Oct 2015
  7. bonitadiane - 10 Oct 2015
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