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.
4girls want a boy - 28 minutes ago
Amanda I had cyro surgery , she was going to have to do a LEEP if cyro didn't work. I beleive both are round the same lines of treating the same thing. Mine was two years ago, and I got pregnant one month after. I think from what I read pregnancy is pretty safe after having it done.
amanda0315 - 4.8 hours ago
Has anyone here had a LEEP procedure and got pregnant afterward? How did pregnancy and labor go for you? What about sex after LEEP while being pregnant? I had the procedure done about 6 years ago and also had 1 miscarriage. I am now 17 1/2 weeks along and it just dawned on me that I might have complications. I'm also too scared to have sex with the hubby and haven't in 4 months! He is getting frustrated.
email@example.com - 17.8 hours ago
Thank you for responding. Hopefully I'm just being paranoid. I guess I'm not the only one not feeling movement. Sorry for that, everything worries me. Glad i have found this group though.
elisiaxx - 1 days ago
Sandra I am on baby number 2 and I haven't felt any movements either :/
4girls want a boy - 1 days ago
Sandra I am feeling movement , but with my last baby I did not feel anything till I was 20 weeks , and even then it was very soft. It wasnt till the end of my pregnancy that I felt something. The Dr told me that the placenta was in the front of my belly, they called it an antierer placenta. So prtty much baby was kicking the placenta and not my belly .
firstname.lastname@example.org - 2 days ago
Hello everyone. I have been hesitant about getting involved in this group as we lost our daughter at 22 weeks with our last pregnancy, so I've been pretty scared throughout this pregnancy. I don't have an appointment until the 11th of this month and I'm starting to get concerned as it seems many of you are feeling movement already. Am i the only one not feeling movement yet?
amanda0315 - 3 days ago
Hello week 17! Anyone else due in May? Any Facebook groups? I just saw someone mention one for April.
NewlywedandAmom615 - 15 days ago
Hi ladies feel free to join the fb group for ladies due in April
3rdandfinalscutt - 22 days ago
Christine-that's great that you're parents are going to swap houses with you!! That's a big relief :) off to 18 weeks see you there ladies!
templingirl - 22 days ago
Christine: Congratulations on everything! 4 healthy babies, wow! Thats awesome that you can just swap houses with your parents, that makes thing pretty easy.
christinejo86 - 23 days ago
We are going to be traiding houses with my parents theirs is a 4 bed 2 bath vs. Our 3 bed 2 bath. Plus theirs is out in the country with acres for the kids to play on. We live in town with almost no lawn. They are getting older and having a hard time keeping up on things. Then my dad had a stroke 2 months ago and there is no reason he should be splitting wood, or plowing driveways, or any of the other hard work that comes with country living.
sportyjo - 24 days ago
Oooh Christine - great news and oooh so exciting - now, no overdoing it for the next 11-15 weeks. We're not finding out this time (didn't want to know the last time but the Dr let it slip early on :-( At the ultrasound it's so nice to see what the baby's up to and hear the hb - comforting :-) Ahh roll on the next time.
3rdandfinalscutt - 24 days ago
brie-I feel you there but im excited to be surprised on that last push :) Christine-that is so funny how things happen...to have three of each kid. Are you guys going to have to expand your living arrangements?
christinejo86 - 24 days ago
So we had a great ultrasound on wednesday. All 4 are growing strong. They checked for anything that would raise a red flag and found nothing. It is such a relief. Now i just need to keep them in for another 11-15 weeks. Ps..... we are having identical triplet BOYS and one fraternal GIRL!!!!! We couldnt be happier we will now have an even 3 boys and 3 girls in the house :)
brie(blue) - 25 days ago
Congrats to everyone finding out the sex! It is such an exciting moment. I have awhile to wait since we aren't finding out until delivery but I am excited for you ladies!
3rdandfinalscutt - 25 days ago
i don't see my name...weird lol. but yes dates are working now. Our ultrasound is scheduled for December 10th...seems so far away but we aren't finding out the gender anyways so I can wait a bit lol. Congrats to those that found out :)
Dec Baby - 32 days ago
Hi caniac, just popping in to say hello and see how you're doing! How exciting that you're getting close to the 18-20 week scan! I never get sick of u/s, just the best when you can see that little bubba moving around:)) Hope everything is continuing to go well with the pregnancy...all the best x
I travelled from AU to UK @ 16 weeks into my pregnancy! Before I travelled I had a check to make sure everything was going well with the pregnancy...Mine was obviously a long haul flight, so I made sure I got up often to move around and got plenty of rest when I landed! My experience was a good one and I'd fly again if it wasn't too far along in the pregnancy!
jamierh - 32 days ago
I have my gender scan today in 3 hours!
CaniacMom - 45 days ago
Krikri, wish I could help you on that front. I'm in Canada and even though we are neighbours with the US, our health care system is completely different.
krikri - 45 days ago
@ caniacmom, yup, to be honest my doctor didnt not allow me to travel in the first 14 weeks, I had all my tickets and all was already planned for a one month vacation/business, I had to cancel it all... Joining my husband on his trip not an easy decidion, I dont want to stay here alone and I'm not sure I want to travel for such a long time... Super confused... Any way I wanted some advices just in case I have to travel so I have an idea of what to expect. Never been to USA before...
CaniacMom - 47 days ago
Hi Krikri, sounds like you have a tough decision to make. Personally I wouldn't want to travel during pregnancy in case I ran into complications, but I have a coworker who went on holidays to Cuba with his wife when she was 8 pregnant and they had a great time. It all comes down to your own circumstances and comfort level. If your husband ends up working in the States, I'm sure it will be a tough decision because you won't want him to miss the birth.
krikri - 49 days ago
@ caniacMom happy to hear that you are doing well, loking forward to see the results of your anatomy scan...
our doctor on my last ultrasound visit reassured me that we do not need any extra tests, what do you think?
We just moved to Dubai because I got a new job here and I still go to see my Dr in Abu Dhabi, its another city almost an hour and a half from Dubai.
Soo scared to change doctors.
My husband is away so i'm alone during this holidays in Dubai, feeling really bored, sitting at home...
I actually wanted to ask an advice from the ladies that live in USA on what is the best way to choose a hospital and a doctor for delivery in your country, because there is a slight chance that my husband will have to be in NY for his work for a couple of month starting from Feb, and because this is our first child and we already live away from our families 'mine are in Russia and his are in Lebanon', so I was thinking maybe I join him, I already have a visa because we were planing to celebrate a New Year in New York with some friends from UAE, but after I learned that I'm pregnant I cancelled our trip as its a very long and tiring flight and I dont want to take a risk, beside this I just started my new job in Dubai and I dont think they will give me a 10 day vacation for a new year..... soo confused, any advices on what I should do...???
CaniacMom - 49 days ago
Happy to be 17 weeks today! Had an appointment with the nurse today to check on my blood pressure. Happy to report that it was 105/60, so the medication is doing its job. They were happy with the result so I don't have to go back for 3 weeks now. Also booked my anatomy scan for Nov 7. Excited that hubby will finally be able to see our little bean. Baby was super active last night before bed. Hope everyone else is doing well!
daffymtz22 - 49 days ago
Good morning. Hope everyone is doing well. 17 weeks yay!
krikri - 53 days ago
wishing you all a happy 17th week :)
krikri - 53 days ago
@ snooks, soo sorry to hear your loss, have a safe recovery...
tazzysmumma - 54 days ago
snooks i am so sorry. please rest up and let your hubby take care of you. All the best xxx
carrie030412 - 55 days ago
a new facebook group for help or advice, need help? need a rant? need comfort? just message the page and your message will be posted anonymous so other mummies / mummies-to-be can help and comfort you or give the best advice they can !!
stinabina - 58 days ago
Thinking of you snooks. Take care of yourself and good luck in the future!
lalapet - 60 days ago
aww keeping you in my thoughts snooks
snooks - 60 days ago
Well, my journey with this pregnancy has come to a quiet end this week. We have miscarried. There were signs, as the fetus didn't seem to be getting bigger, I felt like I was losing ground at every ultrasound. We had questionable blood results along with our Nuchal that escallated us to Amnio. We didn't have to go that far as the little spark was already gone before we could do the testing. Don't cry for me. We really are at peace with it all. Knowledge helps. The testing helps prepare us for what is to come. Nature knows best. We are ready to heal, wait a few cycles and hope to try again. Loves to you all on a healthy, wonderful pregnancy.
stinabina - 62 days ago
Week 17 as of yesterday! We have 3 boys, and we find out gender next Thursday. My husband is convinced it is another boy! It sure would be nice to have a lil girl.
I wish there was more talk on this site. Most of us moved to the IAP 2014 site on facebook. Come join ladies!
lalapet - 72 days ago
anyone having terrible migraines ? :(
lalapet - 74 days ago
hey yes I am definitely finding out, and If its a girl, I am will have gender reveal party, if its boy prolly not LOL
everley - 76 days ago
JSmummy- I had a fillet burger and chips on the weekend- love it! But not so healthy! Ha ha, its one of the only take away places in town where I live!
everley - 76 days ago
Wow, looks like a lot of us have 2 boys already! When are your scans? lalapet will you find out gender? JSmummy- my oldest starts prep next year- that is freaky because it feels like yesterday that he was born!
JSmummy - 76 days ago
Today I did shopping with the kiddos, Boy was that the hardest task ever?! Never again will I take my children shopping with me. I ended up forgetting couple of things. When we got home my feet and back were killing me. Thank God hubby got some KFC on his way back from work, to make me feel better. It sure did. I love my fillet burgers and chips!! yum.
JSmummy - 76 days ago
Lalapet- wow you and I sure will have our hands full!! :) What a coincidence we have same aged kids. I hope you get your little girl! When are you having your scan?
lalapet - 76 days ago
@JSMUMMY, I am hoping for girl, I have two boys as well but I dont want to keep my hopes up lol. my boys are 16th months apart and this 3rd will make the last two almost 2 years apart :) So I will have almost 3.5, 2, and newborn coming march. I work 4 days a week, I just dont see that being feasable after this 3rd baby!
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