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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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NICOLA2010 - 3 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com.. 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

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 4 days ago
Off to week 18 today! But looks super quiet..so maybe I'll stay here?!

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 4 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 son..so 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com... 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

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com... 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 - 4 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 - 4 days ago
minibubpink... aww do u have a photos of baby? j wanna see..

NICOLA2010 - 5 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) - 5 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.

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 5 days ago
minibub(pink) - Enjoy seeing baby!!

minibub(pink) - 5 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

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 5 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!

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com.. 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 - 6 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!

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 7 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 - 7 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com yep placenta at the front... was ur son a good baby? quiet? how active was he when born?

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 8 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 - 8 days ago
ive been feeling kicks yay first time.. preety sure of it... really low down though.. but it was great to feel

NICOLA2010 - 8 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com.. 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..

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 9 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!

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 9 days ago
NICOLA2010- sorry busy day yesterday! Well it's almost the weekend..so lets get it over with so we can both hear our little ones next week! kimberly.giet@gmail.com - I can't wait to find out either! I've been feeling baby almost daily this week..so 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 !

kimberly.giet@gmail.com - 9 days ago
Hello, I haven't said anything for awhile so I thought I'd drop by and say hello! I'm almost 18 weeks now and most days only feel sick in the afternoon. I feel baby move every day now....strong little bugger, I wonder if it's a boy or an amazon girl, lol. I eat Activia yogurt everyday and the occasional few prunes; that's finally gotten my constipation under control. ...I can't wait to find out the sex of my little one, just two and a half weeks left of waiting! :-)

NICOLA2010 - 9 days ago
hows everyone else doing? been quiet lately maybe everyone is feeling better. ive been doing better onky thing i bave problems with is inssnly sore breasts and nipples which have got worse n worse and constipation.. also still cant eat red meat or pork... otherwise feel rrslly happy.. prob cos i got this miracle growing inside of me

NICOLA2010 - 9 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com... yep have appt on tues morning.. cant wait lol.. yeah ur right cant help feeling so strange u know what i mean.. it appears my belly is growing.. but thats not enough for me lol...so weird eh.. its like its so close to being able to feeling baby and just a hollow feelin. right now of nothing there.. just dying to feel baby.. its amazing how ur love is stronger everytime u have a baby

NICOLA2010 - 10 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com... yep have appt on tues morning.. cant wait lol.. yeah ur right cant help feeling so strange u know what i mean.. it appears my belly is growing.. but thats not enough for me lol...so weird eh.. its like its so close to being able to feeling baby and just a hollow feelin. right now of nothing there.. just dying to feel baby.. its amazing how ur love is stronger everytime u have a baby

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 10 days ago
NICOLA2010 - You have an appointment next week right??? Hopefully it goes by nice and fast! I also have an appointment on Monday and very excited to hear heart beat! I was luck enough to hear the heart beat at my last appointment at 13 weeks but this is that weird stage where you dont feel too pregnant and get so unsure and nervous..I get that..I bet everything is just fine though!

NICOLA2010 - 10 days ago
chsaamanen@hotmail.com .. yay im 17 weeks on mondsy.. coming along.. im anxious right nos the baby isnt meant to be.. i just cant wait to hear heartbeat

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 11 days ago
Hello week 17!

lissie**** - 31 days ago
Rachriv// I think you are 4 months pregnant and in your 5th month of pregnancy. like 4 months 1 week prego. If you go by 4 weeks = month

RachRiv - 35 days ago
Is anyone else confused with how many months they are? Some say 5 months and some say 4..

lissie**** - 37 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 - 39 days ago
Hi, christmasbaby.

Christmasbaby!!!!!! - 41 days ago
Hey guys I have just joined! Nice to meet y'all!

deebo - 41 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**** - 41 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 - 41 days ago
17 weeks today, doctor on Monday and my gender ultrasound should be booked yey!

kathy=^.^= - 43 days ago
Finally felt a few baby movements yayyyy and I could also see it popping from the outside it was amazing.

lissie**** - 44 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 - 45 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=^.^= - 45 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**** - 46 days ago
Kathy// when do you go back?! Will they do an ultrasound???

kathy=^.^= - 46 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**** - 48 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**** - 48 days ago
Mel// yay! Just a few more days! Mine is next Monday. We are excited/nervous!



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