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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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babylove5 - 3.1 hours ago
Happy Halloween! It is going to be a long fun day for the boys. My baby goes to bed at 6 so he will be grumpy staying out until 830 with trick or treating. I didn't feel anything with my 1st until I was 25 weeks. I know with each pregnancy for me it happens sooner. They can be in a odd position too. It's great once you do feel it everyday. I always feel closer to the baby.

sher-baby - 6.4 hours ago
I'm not feeling anything yet either....I don't think. We still have time so I'm not worried.

supermom87 - 17.7 hours ago
I keep having moments it feels like butterflies in my tummy then I pass gas and I don't feel anything afterwards I feel like I'm so behind everyone else lol my breast just started leaking yesterday no obvious baby movements and no clue what I'm having

babylove5 - 1 days ago
Bean79 I love this stage too! I love waking up every morning and laying in bed feeling my little man kick. It's so cute! I woke up yesterday and he must have been asleep so I started rolling around trying to wake him up until I felt his little movements. I can feel his hands and feet at the same time. He is so cute now that the movements have really started I feel I am bonding with him. I normally feel connected before the movements but this pregnancy it took me longer. I think because I feel overwhelmed sometimes.

bean79 - 3 days ago
I always drink water all day long, but I started BH contractions last week. The last two days they were pretty frequent. Same with my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies also, so it's normal I guess. I've been feeling baby move, but nothing consistent yet. It's so cool because the last few days, instead of just the flutters and rolling, I have felt actual kicks that kind of startle me. I LOVE this stage!!!

babylove5 - 4 days ago
I wish I could drink 60 ounces a day. I drink coffee everyday too and my aunt said I have to not count the 1st 20 ounces of water because of the coffee. I don't like drinking 40 ounces of water but she said the coffee cancels out the first 20. I love coffee so I can't give that up.

RJean - 4 days ago
Before I had my first DS, I couldn't stomach water at all-I probably only drank 15-20 oz a day. Breast feeding taught me how to chug water like nothing else and I usually drink about 60 oz a day now...but that's mainly because I do lap swimming and get easily dehydrated in the water.

floydianslip2 - 4 days ago
I know I’m not drinking nearly enough water… I haven’t been keeping track of how many ounces, but if I had to guess I’d say 30 oz a day at the most? I’m just not feeling thirsty for some reason.

babylove5 - 4 days ago
Willow I was having rather intense Braxton hicks while shopping last week and called my aunt who is the head RN over the maternity ward. She told me to drink water and they went away. I still get them but not that frequent or intense. I hate drinking a lot of water since I'm already bloated and pregnant. I drink 40 ounces a day and that's it. It was 20 until my BH contractions started. How much water are you guys drinking a day?

babylove5 - 4 days ago
17 weeks yay!!! I was laying in bed this morning with a full bladder and I could feel my lil guy kicking like crazy! I can only feel him a lot when I have a full bladder and laying flat.

floydianslip2 - 4 days ago
Willow, I asked my doc about this at my last appointment because I thought I was getting them too. She said it’s normal if it is non-painful and just feels like a tightening or mild cramping sensation. She said that the uterus practices throughout pregnancy, but she also said that to pay attention to that feeling and make sure that you’ve been drinking enough water or aren’t doing any activity that is too strenuous because sometimes you cramp up when you’re over doing it. Beth, the “oh we’re going to have it be a surprise” idea is hilarious!!! I might do that!

BethQ - 5 days ago
Just cramping and irregular or sharp and severe, Willow? Cramping is pretty normal throughout pregnancy. It's the uterus practicing for the real deal. If they're sharp, lasting for 30 seconds or longer, or hard to talk thru, I would definitely go in and be checked. Good luck!

WillowBrooke - 5 days ago
Is it normal to start getting Braxton Hicks at only 17wks/5months pregnant?

BethQ - 6 days 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 10 days ago
I had an anatomy scan set for the 10th but had to reschedule so DH could come...now it's scheduled for the 14th! I am right there with you Beth-the anticipation is building!

BethQ - 10 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 - 18 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 - 18 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 wardrobe...it was so frustrating at the time, cause that's exactly what I wanted to do...hehe @mommynwifey5...how 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 energy...it's actually so nice hear about twins:)

mommynwifey5 - 19 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 - 19 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 - 22 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 - 32 days ago
I know alot of woman couldnt find the fb group and so heres a link www.facebook.com/groups/IAP2015

blondiemom84 - 45 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 - 49 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 - 49 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 - 51 days ago
Very quiet in week 17

karabara - 56 days ago
how do I find my conception date?

klawest2 - 59 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 - 65 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 - 65 days ago
Off to week 18 today! But looks super quiet..so maybe I'll stay here?!

chsaamanen@hotmail.com - 65 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 - 66 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 - 66 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 - 66 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 - 66 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 - 66 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 - 66 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 - 66 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 - 66 days ago
minibubpink... aww do u have a photos of baby? j wanna see..

NICOLA2010 - 66 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) - 66 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 - 67 days ago
minibub(pink) - Enjoy seeing baby!!



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