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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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krikri - 186 days ago
wishing you all a happy 17th week :)

krikri - 186 days ago
@ snooks, soo sorry to hear your loss, have a safe recovery...

tazzysmumma - 187 days ago
snooks i am so sorry. please rest up and let your hubby take care of you. All the best xxx

carrie030412 - 189 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 - 191 days ago
Thinking of you snooks. Take care of yourself and good luck in the future!

lalapet - 193 days ago
aww keeping you in my thoughts snooks

happypumpkin - 193 days ago
So sorry for your loss Snooks.

snooks - 194 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 - 195 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 - 205 days ago
anyone having terrible migraines ? :(

lalapet - 207 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 - 209 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 - 209 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 - 209 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 - 209 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 - 209 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!

JSmummy - 209 days ago
Belinda- When is your scan? I bet you can't wait! Is it you first? my scan is on the 3rd of October!! We are already sure it is another boy for us. I will be mom of three boys! Scary

JSmummy - 209 days ago
Everley my first is 3 and my second boy is 23 months. I think it will be really hard for me with 3 under 4. :( You spaced yours very nicely, your first son must be in prep? My first goes to kindy 3 days a week. I stay at home with my almost 2 years old bossy boy.

JSmummy - 209 days ago
everley- I live in qld too!! I can't wait for the summer either! :) I did have some spotting with my other two pregnancies. Not with this one. I have a friend each time she and her husband BD- she gets spotting. - 210 days ago
Hi guys, going for my next scan next week can't wait to confirm the gender. They told me at the NN scan its a boy 85%.

everley - 211 days ago
JSmummy, I think the main difference with this pregnancy has been that morning sickness faded away at 12 weeks, whereas with my last 2, I was sick until around 16. I've also been getting regular headaches this time which I've never had before. How about you?

everley - 211 days ago
Yes, feeling baby move more and more- it makes it all more real- I love it! Wow, maybe 3 boys JSmummy! If this one is a boy I will be very happy, but a teeny bit sad that I'll never have a daughter. This is definitely our last! I will hopefully find out next Tues and will definitely get another 4D scan again to confirm. I can't wait to start shopping either, will be heading straight there after my scan! How old are your boys JSmummy? My oldest will be 5 soon and my youngest turned 3 a couple of months ago. We are coming into the middle of spring here in Oz and its really starting to warm up- I love it- I can never seem to warm up in winter. We will see how much I'm loving though in Jan at 8 months pregnant in the middle of summer! Oh, had some light spotting last week and then again today- have never spotted ever, so called midwife and she said if it is bright red and accompanied by cramps to come straight in, otherwise it could be low lying placenta which would be confirmed at scan next week. I thought at my 12 week though, sonographer said my placenta was high up.. midwife said to rest. Anyone else had any spotting?

JSmummy - 211 days ago
everley- I hope you get your little girl this time!! Have you been feeling any different this pregnancy?

JSmummy - 211 days ago
At 16 week my OB did u/s and it wasn't clear. But we could see there were boy parts. She wasn't 100% sure but I was. My next scan is in 2 weeks. That's with the audiologist. Hope she gets it right I can't wait to start shopping.

JSmummy - 211 days ago
Do you feel your babies move yet? I have been feeling my baby move since 13-14 weeks. This baby moves feels so soft, much gentle than my other two boys. Maybe it is just the start!

JSmummy - 211 days ago
Lucky you ladies, I look more like fat than pregnant. No one asked me so far if I am pregnant or not. I do have belly but it is coming from my hips. I can't wait to look more pregnant. - 212 days ago
Also having sensitive nipples. And all the girls at work also touching my stomach. Kills me a little each time. Somebody would dare to call me 'fat guts' You kind Everly for saying nothing.

everley - 212 days ago
I'm really starting to pop out now and feeling the stretching. I don't mind if friends and family touch my stomach, but there is this lady at work that I don't know very well who keeps rubbing my stomach and calling me 'fat guts'!!!!! I have been walking the other way when I see her coming the last few days Lol.

everley - 212 days ago
I have my anatomy scan in a week- can't wait to hopefully see gender! Secretly hoping for a girl as I have 2 boys already. I'm not sure I trust it anyway because they told me my second son was a girl and he most certainly is not! Luckily we had a 4d scan at 28 weeks and found out. JSmummy, my boobs are really sore as well- don't remember this with my last pregnancies.

JSmummy - 212 days ago
Ok so far I didn't had any sickness or vomiting, out of no where feeling awful and lost my appetite.

JSmummy - 212 days ago
I am having painful and sensitive nipples. It is so uncomfortable, I am wearing a support bra at night. Anyone else?

jjs mommy - 213 days ago
Hello 17 weeks have an appt Thursday and scheduling my anatomy u/s can't wait to find out what were having hoping for a boy, I have 2 girl's and a boy alredy - 214 days ago
Also having my second boy. Also last baby. Wanted a little girl to. But its ok will be the mommy of two little boys.

JSmummy - 215 days ago
Lindsey- Congratulations on your 4th baby boy. I am having my third boy . Dh and I were both hoping for a girl too. We were bit disappointed since this is our last baby. Hope we have nice daughter in laws in the future. x

lindseylou - 216 days ago
So I had my anatomy ultrasound two days ago. Looks like my due date is now Feb 20. Anyways, found out hat I'm having my 4th son. I guess it's not in the cards for me to hav a girl. I can't believe that I will be a mom of 4 little boys. This is insane! Lol - 218 days ago
Hi guys, I started feeling my baby move. Its really weird. Drinking loads of water as my urine was a light orange colour think I'm a bit dihydrated.

Baby2comin - 222 days ago
I am SO glad to hear you both got your great news! :) Yahhh! I had my ultrasound today :) We are having another baby girl :D We are so thrilled! Baby is measuring ahead by a bout a week or so. I'll be 19 weeks on Sunday :) See u all in the next week soon

kitty79 - 222 days ago
Hopeful- sp happy to hear. We don't find out until the 23rd

hopeful28 - 222 days ago
That's great news kitty I myself had very great news yesterday too by the grace of god my husband was anti kell negative meaning my body want attack the baby and my doctor said I can finally enjoy this pregnancy we finally find out what we are having on Tuesday witch is a waste o money because I know already I guess I could be wrong

kitty79 - 222 days ago
Thanks! Prayers work! All that anxiety and it turns out that it was a false positive due to Rhogam shot and doc doesn't even know why they made me come in to find out since she knew right from looking at results that it was Rhogam residual and not true sensitization. I feel so much better. We are ok!

Baby2comin - 222 days ago
You are in my thoughts Kitty and hubby and I prayed for u last night. I hope u get the good news your heart longs to hear

kitty79 - 223 days ago
I'm 18 weeks today. I have my follow up in three hours. Trying to be positive but too much anxiety.

Baby2comin - 223 days ago
Oh man! I'm sorry to hear that for both of u ladies :( I'll be praying too. I hope it all turns out fine for u both.

kitty79 - 224 days ago
Hopeful... I'll pray for you too

tnalakes - 224 days ago
bummed had to reschedule my anatomy/ultrasound for next fri instead of tommorow oh well atleast ill know in a week

hopeful28 - 224 days ago
@kitty same thing happen two me a little of two weeks ago I tested positive for anti kell I guess the worst one and my on tested my husband I will find out his results today I been doing my own research and the results are not but I have been pregnant 5 times now 3 births and one miscarriage at 9 weeks and I never tested positive for such thing this is so scary but I will keep you and your baby in my prayers and I hope it was a false positive

myajgpz - 224 days ago
2 more weeks until my full fetal anatomy scan yeayyyy...

kitty79 - 224 days ago
It's because I have RH negative blood and Nicholas has RH positive. When pregnan I need shots called Rhogam to keep me from becoming sensitized and developing the antibodies. Nicky turned out negative like me so that was good. I got the rhogam shot this pregnancy due to bleeding. Now I'm testing positive. It MIGHT be residual effect of shot and mean nothing bad but it might be real positive and I have become sensitized. If I am, this baby and any future babies would be at risk. My body would attack them if they are positive RH blood (80-85% chance they would be). Mild case could lead to anemia and delivering early... Severe case can cause stillbirth, death after delivery or other damages to the baby. I'm just trying to stay positiv and hope it was a false positive

Baby2comin - 225 days ago
What does that mean Kitty? Are you guys ok?

kitty79 - 225 days ago
Found out my latest blood work showed positive for antibody D. Retesting Friday. There's a chance it's just residual from the RhoGam shot instead of true sentization. Just hoping for best.

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