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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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kadyrae1107 - 255 days ago
Has anyone thought or decided on what the easter bunny is bringing your little one? I'm getting Kennadie a her first bike! Just a little tricycle. She's almost 2 1/2 and since her first easter I think she was about 4/5 months old? I like to get her things she will need for the spring (clothes,sandles,bathing suit, spring jacket etc..) I ALWAYS go all out for her if I have the extra cash and all my bills are paid. My mom was a single mom of me and my brothers and we only ever got just what we needed. So I tend to spoil Kennadie for some reason. Last year she got two easter basket one with a tiny bit of candy, and like toddlerssnacks and the other was socks, tooth brush & toothpaste, new barretes & pony tails, earrings & play jewellery. Then I got her about 6 outfits for spring, sandles, swimsuit & spring jacket. And the big toy I got her was a ball pit. So her big thing this year will be her tricycle. Everyone is always getting on me for getting her so much stuff. But I'm not going to be able to do this forever. Especially with her little brother on the way. I won't have the extra cash to do this. My M.I.L always has something to say! I don't know exactly why I got all out. I don't know if its because I never really got a lot of stuff growing up or what. Me & Jonathan really went too much all out this past xmas . you seriously couldn't see the tree for only one child & its only a two year old if that. Now I'm thinking ok I really didn't need to get her all of that. But at the time I would see something and be like oh she'll love this. And the closets and everything just for more fuller with presents hidden. I feel like an idiot now like I don't know its hard to explain. But I do like to grab a little more than usually for easter just some things for spring! Do you think I'm doing too much? She's my only child (until August that is lol)...ķ ½

stublit - 256 days ago
tlc- I have been extremely thirsty as well. I keep a glass of water by my bed when I sleep because I wake up so thirsty in the middle of the night! I'm used to living in FL so I blame it on the dry winter CO air. I'm actually thinking about opting out of my GTT. I hate the test with a passion!!! I had a complicated migraine that mimicked a stroke with my first pregnancy and I remember the doc telling me the things that happen during pregnancy are precursors for health problems we may have later on. As in, pay attention to your body during pregnancy because you most likely will have it again later on!!

lil.pigz - 256 days ago
So I got my Doppler today. Took me a while to figure it out and realize my baby is quite the squirmer and wont stay still,lol. It definitely gave me peace of mind because I have been freaking out all weekend over not feeling the baby move yet, and my fasting glucose levels dropped to an insanely low but normal number which is only possible if they either misdiagnosed me for GD like I said, or the placenta is no longer functioning, which would be an extremely tragic thought. So I was in near tears until this afternoon. I have a DR appointment tomorrow, but that seemed forever and a day away at that point,lol.

lil.pigz - 256 days ago
tlc - I had Gestational Diabetes with my last 3 pregnancies, and now they diagnosed me with this one at 12 weeks. I NEVER had any of the symptoms they list for diabetes though. And the times I have had excessive thirst when I wasnt pregnant, I went and got tested becuase having GD ups your risk later on, but my levels were normal. I would have never known I had GD if it werent for the bloodwork and tests. I think they misdiagnosed me this time though, or it is too early. Only my fasting levels are elevated but my after meal ones are normal, and I didnt change my diet yet. I never required medication either, I always managed it with diet and my babies all were born healthy and average weight. Lung development, weight and controlling blood sugar are a concern for the babies when they are born, but if it is controlled in the mom, babies are almost always fineā™„

ohmynotagain - 256 days ago
Tlc I had it with my first. I never had to take medication for it but they really monitored the baby and it was diet controled. Mostly to make sure she wasn't getting to big. This was six years ago so all I remember was I just had to go to get feteal monitoring in the last two months alot. But other than that all was fine I did not have diabetes afterwards. My second I passed the test barely. I though am not in shape by any means I was 25 and 29 respectfully. I thought it was do to the fact I am large and have a horrible diet but a lot of my friends and family who are in great shape had diabetes while pregnant too though non of them still have diabetes after giving birth. All the babies where healthy and happy. So that is all I know. Hope it helps

tlc - 256 days ago
I am getting really worried about gestational diabetes. I didn't have it with my other 2 pregnancies, but now I'm in my 40's, and worse, my sister became permanently diabetic after her first pregnancy. She was not even overweight or anything. They don't know why it happened. The reason I'm worried is because I know that one of the signs is excessive thirst, and while I'm not thirsty all the time, I have a constant dry mouth which prompts me to drink a lot. Anyone out there have gest. diabetes before?

ohmynotagain - 256 days ago
Kristen I have craved Olive Garden a lot too. I love the stuffed chicken Marcella lol non of that healthy stuff. Kady those symptoms sound like the ones I had when I had super high blood pressure not saying that is what yours is just that is how my body reacted when I had high blood pressure. I am lucky in the fact that I rarely get headaches but when I have them it means something has gone really wrong with my body. It's like my alarm system. Where I am we just had 5 inches of snow and I have been super sick for three day I am fed up with winter and the sicknesses that come with it. Come on summer I want to be hot and sweat and get all the windows open in the house and just CLEAN.

stublit - 256 days ago
Jackie- could it have been blood sugar related? How long had it been since you'd ate?

kristen27 - 257 days ago
Jackie that's really scary! Hope you don't get anymore of those episodes!! =/

tlc - 257 days ago
Jackie - it's probably nothing, but if it happens again, go to a doctor because then you'll know it might be SOMEthing.

jackie87 - 257 days ago
Tlc, no not really. I was already standing, mind you I was doing the dishwasher so I guess I had just been bending/standing prior. I feel much better now. I went to a friend's baby shower for a bit and survived, haha. I'll definitely avoid and fast transitions from sitting to standing, though!

tlc - 257 days ago
Jackie - did it start when you stood up too fast?

kristen27 - 257 days ago
Craving so many foods right now! Olive Garden salad and bread sticks is at the top of my list!!!

kristen27 - 257 days ago
Stublit - I was pregnant due March 20th but miscarried. How cool would that have to been to have a st pattys baby with the name ireland!! I will try again one day for another March baby!

jackie87 - 257 days ago
Kady, sounds like a pinched nerve...? That's weird. I'd definitely ask your doc about it. Later In pregnancy, I usually get tingling/pain in my groin and legs due to pressure but not while lying down. I've just had an odd episode myself. I was fine them started feeling dizzy/nauseous. I drank some water then went to the washroom. When I was done, I started sweating and feeling super hot/dizzy/nauseous, and as I started walking out of the washroom, my vision went black. Luckily I made it to the couch where I'm lying now and have a headache. I've read it's probably vasovagal. I feel better just lying down, save for the headache. I feel bad because I was supposed to make pancakes and now hubby has to :(

kadyrae1107 - 257 days ago
Hey ladies. Soooo within the last two weeks when I laydown and lay on my left side from the left side of my butt/hip all the way down to like my chin/calf I immediently get this pain tingly numb feeling. I can only lay on that side for a few minutes because the feeling gets too annoying and it hurts. Anybody ever have anything like this before?

stublit - 257 days ago
Kristen- my daughters birthstone is an Emerald so Ireland would have been the perfect name! DH wasn't super crazy about it then but seems to want it this time around. We have no boys names that we agree on and too many girls names.

kristen27 - 258 days ago
Stblit- I LOVE ireland!! We were thinking of that name when I was pregnant with my daughter but we decided on presley instead!

stublit - 258 days ago
Last pregnancy I knew it was a girl @ 14 weeks and still didn't have a name when going to the hospital to give birth!! Every week it was something new- Sophia, Aria, Ireland, Mahala, Avery... I already know this baby won't have a name when it's born! I'm so indecisive.

stublit - 258 days ago
I was going to name my daughter Aria but my mom said it sounds like gonorhea and I just couldn't get that out of my head!!! I like Cressida a lot. I love my great grandmas name Mahala (Ma-Hay-La) it's Cherokee. But it's my daughters middle name and DH thinks it's weird to use it again. I almost used Ireland for my daughter... Maybe use it for this one? Lol.

kristen27 - 258 days ago
I like Arya too!

tlc - 258 days ago
Arya is pretty.

lil.pigz - 258 days ago
jackie87 - That would be awesome if you get your boy and your instincts were right, making 3 for 3:) After my first two were girls I just automatically called Girl for every one thereafter,lol. I was finally wrong with baby #6 when she turned out to be a he,lol...tlc - haha, your naming process sounds like ours! We have gone through compromises, honoring relatives and actual bets,lol. Then there is always that short stretch of 'Fine then, Im just naming it KID!!'lol...kristen27 - I think Pepper sounds feminine too. I agree if you tell him that he would change his mind about it,lol...This round I am going for Tv names actually, which is sooooo not like me. I like Arya for a girl (Game of Thrones) and Abel for a boy(Sons of Anarchy.) I lost Abel to Andrew with my last son because family and friends made a huge deal about it being religous and my husband backed out of it:( That and he thought I was going to cave and name him a junior. I compromised and gave him same first name but different middle name so he couldnt EVER be called 'junior',lol.

tlc - 258 days ago
I guess it sounds too much like Pippa - like Middleton....

kristen27 - 258 days ago
Thanks tlc. We're actually probably going to do patton. My husband loves that name too. And I agree with pepper sounding like a girl name! I'll have to tell him that!

tlc - 258 days ago
Kristin - I think Pepper sounds like more of a girls' name. Maybe use that to talk him out of it. I like Patton better than Porter - better flow off the tongue.

kristen27 - 258 days ago
My husband wants to name it Pepper if it's a boy. I'm completely against that name haha! So we're thinking Patton or Porter. And if it's a girl Parish..which my husband hates but I don't care.

jackie87 - 258 days ago
Kristen, I think it's Kady that's also having a boy :) Tlc, hopefully the naming process goes smoothly for you both. You'll be armed with some great ones by 7 months when he's ready to start discussing it!

kristen27 - 258 days ago
Jackie I hope you get your boy! =) tlc you already know it's a boy right? Someone else is having a boy?? Can't remember who on here it is tho! I kinda hope mine is a boy =)

tlc - 258 days ago
lil- I'm right there with you. My first was fairly easy to name since we were naming her after my husband's passed brother who began with an S. Girl S names are very pretty, so I listed my top 5 and he chose number 3. He let me pick the middle name pretty much on my own. However, for my second, he crossed off ALL the names on my list, and she wasn't being named after anyone, so it was a huge impasse. I eventually guilted him into the name I liked because he picked our first's and because I reminded him that I do all the work for 9 months. I also allowed him to completely choose the middle name on his own. I'm expecting another blowout this time around, since both of us have now had first choice once, and no one has died recently that we need to honor.

jackie87 - 258 days ago
I had two surprises (one planned that way and one because she was such a lady with her legs crossed, hahahaha), so I'm ready to find out! My gut is telling me boy, so I'd especially like to know if I'm right 3 for 3. With my second, I never even looked for boys' names--I just knew. With my first we had names picked for both but I knew she was a girl too, hehe.

lil.pigz - 258 days ago
My husband doesnt want to know the gender, in other words, Im not supposed to know either,lol. I want to know though! No real reason, we already have girls and a boy and tons of stuff for each gender, but I just have ZERO patience,lol. And I would like to get a headstart on the HUGE name battle that will begin and last until birth:)

tlc - 258 days ago
Jackie - I'm glad you are finding out the gender. So many of you are keeping me in suspense!!!

stublit - 258 days ago
My doc does the anatomy scan at 22 weeks as well. She said you can see the heart better. I won't be finding out the gender though!!!

kristen27 - 259 days ago
I have my sono in 2 weeks. Can't wait to see baby but we aren't going to find out the sex.

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 259 days ago
Yeah, I'm feeling the stress and nerves on if my baby is healthy and developing properly, even though my doctor said everything looks great so far. So I'm praying my little baby is okay and it would be nice if s/he didn't have her/his legs crossed! lol. Lil-i would go crazy of I had to wait until 22 weeks! I felt like it'd been forever already so far lol. oh...I'm pretty sure I've felt the baby move today, but not positive since it's so faint...

jackie87 - 259 days ago
My U/S is in 10 days--I'm cautiously excited and hoping my baby is healthy first and foremost. If the little one cooperates, I'll find out the gender too!

lil.pigz - 259 days ago
jackie87 & kristen27-Yay!You made it:)...tnt-surprisebaby2- I wont find out gender until probably 22 weeks from what everyone else told me about this new DR's office:( I have a regular appointment Tuesday, so I am hoping he schedules me sooner than later for the scan!!

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 259 days ago
Went to the doctor today and got a lovely pap smear lol but I also set up an ultrasound appointment for Wednesday morning, yaaaay! Has anyone found out the sex of their baby yet? I'm planning a gender reveal party when I (hopefully) find out next week :)

kristen27 - 259 days ago
hey Jackie!! =]

jackie87 - 259 days ago
Hey Kristen and Lil! Seems like it's been slow in here. Luckily we're all catching up now!

kristen27 - 259 days ago
hello week 17!!

lil.pigz - 260 days ago
17 weeks today! For once unexpectedly,lol. Im so far off on dates lately but I just noticed my profile said 17 weeks so I am stoked:) Unfortunately it was 9 days ago that someone last posted here...sheesh.

cowgirl211 - 269 days ago
Hello ladies. I haven't been on here in awhile. This week we find out what we are having (Friday) Im super excited. Other than that I have been having horrible headaches and this week seems to be worse. Also, for the first time yesterday I noticed I would get shaky and light headed after every meal. Im really worried about that, will ask the doctor tomorrow if this is normal? I take Zofran for nausea (without it im deathly ill!) I really hope this isn't a sign of low blood sugar or something else. I'm going to see how I do today after each meal. Fingers crossed it was just a weird thing yesterday!

vickiessecret - 270 days ago
Off to week 18 tomorrow! :)

susieq2582 - 270 days ago
Casanova - You will find yourself with the same immense love that you feel for your daughter. The hard part is that you also love your other child so much. I remember crying in the hospital when my older son came to visit. He missed me so much at home, and I felt so bad that he couldn't stay with us and the new baby. Funny thing is his memory of that time is so different. He is excited for this baby to come because it means him and his brother get to go stay with Grandma while I am in the hospital. He cracks me up!

susieq2582 - 270 days ago
JDH - I totally relate to your emotional response to this pregnancy. This is also my third, and I have two boys already. However, this pregnancy is completely different. Almost everything makes me want to cry. I almost cried watching a video of my son doing a lesson at school that they showed us during parent teacher conferences. Commercials, kids singing in church, etc...it all makes me tear up. The really strange part is my inability to tolerate people. I feel like my head is going to explode whenever I have to deal with somebody who is acting stupid. I am hoping I go back to my normal self after baby arrives.

JDH - 272 days ago
I think my issue is that I am a private person. With my first, I knew I didn't want anyone but my husband at the hospital and I didn't want any visitors until we got home. Now, we are on our third and she is still asking to come along to ultrasounds, and be at the hospital when the baby is born. She doesn't just ask though. She keeps going and tries to make my husband and I feel guilty about our decisions. Which makes me not even want to talk to the entire family about the pregnancy because nothing will ever please them. Oh well! I love my husband, and will respect his family to t he best of my abilities :) Sorry for the long post!!

casanova - 272 days ago
thanks for the advice JDH- I hope my heart doubles because right now I feel bad because I only have feelings for my daughter. maybe once I start to feel more pregnant I will enjoy this pregnancy more. Sorry about your feelings towards your extended family but I so understand how you feel. my mother in law annoys me sometimes even though I know she is a lot of help. I don't know if it happens to you but sometimes they can give some comments that can really bug you even though they don't mean to be offensive.

JDH - 272 days ago
Also, I've been feeling so different with this pregnancy (my 3rd). Not just physically, but more of an emotional way. I don't like to talk to people about it, I get annoyed when they ask about the sex, due date, and all that jazz. And I can't STAND my Mother in law! I hate that I have these feelings towards my husbands family because I know they care about me, and I probably sound like a real B with an ITCH. Maybe it's just because it's my 3rd and i'm busy with the boys everyday. I haven't really had a ton of free time since finding out I was pregnant to just ENJOY it. I probably don't make any sense to anyone right now but it's just been a strange last few months! Maybe it's my RAGING pregnancy hormones! I cry when I watch TV commercials!



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