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.
JDH - 1 days ago
Out of curiosity, I Googled my due date, March 5, and it said I was 18 weeks 2 days..? Why would it be so different? Weird.
JDH - 2 days ago
angel, that sounds like a perfect way to start a getaway!! I'm sure my insomnia will get worse in the third trimester. I found out yesterday that my ultrasound will be week 20! Hopefully my placenta Previa will have worked itself out by then. I still can't decide if we want to find out he sex or not. We have flu d out with all here so far, so a surprise would be fun. But I think I'd get really anxious if I didt know.
angelfree77 - 2 days ago
Insomnia was one of my first pregnancy symptoms...even before I knew I was pregnant. It seemed to start at conception. I remember thinking that I must really be stressed out or something, because I'd wake up all hours and not be able to go to sleep. Even then, I didn't start to feel tired until the 2nd trimester. Now, we're in bed by 8:30pm and I often fall asleep while watching TV. Last weekend, my husband and I went out of town for my birthday weekend. As soon as we checked into the hotel, I took a 3 hour nap. What a way to start a romantic weekend getaway - lol. It seems kind of backwards from what I've read about pregnancy symptoms, but I'll take tired over nausea any day!
JDH - 2 days ago
Some nights, I wake up at 3am and can't get back to sleep. I've never dealt with insomnia before..it sucks! Hopefully it doesn't get more frequent.
goingcrazywithfourth - 2 days ago
June2012 mine is opposite of exhaustion. I went from being in bed by 8:30pm to not being able to fall asleep until after 11.
JDH - 2 days ago
It went away pretty fast thank God! Now, if my kids would just sleep past 6 am...it's always something.
avg2012 - 2 days ago
17 weeks today.JDH hope you feel better with your digestion now.i feel bloated almost all the time
JDH - 3 days ago
Ugh! Where'd I put the Tums? I ate too much pizza! It seemed like a good idea at the time!
june2012 - 3 days ago
Exactly 4months pregnant today. Feels good!
JDH - 5 days ago
I'm glad to hear that you guys are feeling the same! Last night I made myself lay still so I could feel baby wiggle and that was really nice. I just have NO extra time during the day to do anything besides check in on here! I'm excited to go shopping, even though I have everything I'll need plus some, it's an important step for me. Plus, having my kids be able to help pick things out his time will be so fun! Maybe we will do a registry so we don't end up buying EVERYTHING,
june2012 - 5 days ago
Halo week17... Fatigue just kicked in, all of a sudden and I think it's because I get so busy at my work place...
About connecting with baby I am in the same boat with you all- maybe soon things will change, and I plan to start shopping at 20weeks...
goingcrazywithfourth - 6 days ago
JDH me too kind of. I think I'm slowly coming around but I haven't even bought anything yet. Most of it is because we have absolutely no room for him yet :( we need to clear out my sisters/storage room and put a dresser in there for his clothes. Once she moves out it will be his room. I have absolutely no energy to clear it though chasing the other kids. They all have sports practice Mon-thurs and games Fri-Sat. I'm so exhausted! I think once I start making space for him and buying things it will be more real and bonding...either that or when I become huge and feel him kicking me all night lol
JDH - 6 days ago
17 weeks!!! I am actually feeling human again! Hooray! I'm able to eat normally which has given me back my energy. Yesterday I actually exercised, cleaned my house (yuck), hubby and I hung decorations that had been laying around for months, and we had a Star Wars 'party' while watching the lunar eclipse! What a great day! It's so great to feel good! Just wondering, does anyone feel like you're having trouble really bonding with baby? I have three kids now and I just don't have all the time I did before to sit a think, or to shop for baby things etc. just hoping that I will start really connecting with this baby soon.
pookalou - 95 days ago
So I'm 17wks 2days. Happy to report I am feeling much better. Occasional ms but soooo much better than it was. I am showing and wearing maternity clothes. I still have not felt the baby move, which is strange because it's my third and the other two was already feeling lots of movement by this point.
daffymtz22 - 111 days ago
Good morning week 17. Hope everyone is doing well.
jmm120608 - 125 days ago
17wks3days this is my second pregnancy and I don't feel connected like I did with my first. I felt my first move at 16 weeks and I still have not felt this one move. My first pregnancy I was happy and this one I feel stressed and depressed. I have a boy and I want a girl so bad I cry about it. We find out next week what we're having but I feel like if we're having another boy is that going to make me more depressed because of how bad I want a girl. Does anyone else have these feelings?
lil.pigz - 136 days ago
Same here, I have no symptoms compared to my previous pregnancies either. I am tired, but that could also be from chasing around a 2yr old and 9 mnonth old all day,lol. Im not complaining though! It is kind of funny I have to remind myself I am pregnant sometimes:)
monkeymomma - 137 days ago
So....I jinxed myself! Last night, I had sharp pains around my left lower stomach. If I sat or layed down, I was good. But, who can do that with a 7 and 2 yr old??!!! (Hubby was at a meeting) I got them to bed early and then spent the rest of the night in bed myself.
monkeymomma - 138 days ago
Hello 17 wks!!
This has been a strange pregnacy for me in that I honestly don't feel pregnant. I'm ready for bed about 8 or 9, but nothing else really!
PaulaSoon2B8 - 145 days ago
I have a wonderful supportive husband to start :) RIght now we have 4 girls and 3 boys...3D scan told us this baby to be is a girl as well....hoping to confirm on Friday the 15th at our anatomy scan...I'm a lil sceptical of the 3D scan at 14 weeks...that was a first for me but we were dying to know!! It's so exciting every pregnancy is like the first all over for me...every birth just as magical and emotional...I love my babies!!
happythirdbaby - 146 days ago
Thanks paula. 8 kids...wow!!! You're amazing!!!! How do you cope?
How many are boys and how many girls?
PaulaSoon2B8 - 146 days ago
NYCNAZ23...wish I could help more, and yes that number does sound on the high side...try and stay as relaxed and optimistic as you can, like I said there are some woman that have full healthy pregnancies and babies...we can't control what will be...just hope for the best...I would definitely speak up to your doctor, and yes if you don't feel they are being of any help...may be time to look elsewhere...hang in there :)
PaulaSoon2B8 - 146 days ago
Happy...don't be worried, this is number 8 for me, I'm at 18 weeks and barely feel any movement. Sometimes the placement of your placenta can affect how much movement you will feel, it also depends on how baby is sitting, you can guarantee they are kicking away...just maybe not in an area you can feel it :)
nycnaz23 - 149 days ago
thank you Paula, It is pretty high 344 normal is 170. but they havent yet put me on meds which i think its a bit weird. They want to do more testing and sono of the neck etc. I no nothing about this and from what im reading .. nothing is good news. I am a bit worried. I think it's time i get a new doc. :/
happythirdbaby - 150 days ago
Hi everyone, how are you all doing?
This is my third pregnancy and i haven'y felt the baby yet. Should i be worried? xx
PaulaSoon2B8 - 151 days 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 - 153 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 - 153 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 - 153 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 - 156 days ago
I'm feeling much better today. I think I was just overly tired yesterday and that triggered the headache.
kekea - 157 days ago
1morefor4 hope you feel better. And thanks lady.
1morefor4 - 157 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.
treadingwater - 157 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 - 157 days ago
Aww congratulations kekea! I can't wait to hear what everyone else is having too
kekea - 157 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 - 158 days ago
kekea--I hope you get a 100% clear shot of girl or boy parts. Let us know.
kekea - 158 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 - 158 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 - 159 days ago
anyone feeling baby kicking yet? I've been feeling mine more now. It's exciting and reassuring as well.
1morefor4 - 160 days ago
RowdyRandi--I hope everything is fine when you have your scan
RowdyRandi - 160 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 - 168 days ago
Week 17!!! This is getting real. Lol.
holz8519 - 179 days ago
welcome to week 17 austinjeanxo I have my anomaly scan the 22nd.
austinjeanxo - 181 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 - 183 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 - 184 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 - 184 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 - 184 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.
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