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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.

Comments on week 17

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casanova - 187 days ago
Great to see lots of activity on here!!!!!! I was off from work for the last 2 days so I wasn't able to log on. The month of Feb is just about over and that's one less month for us... about the names we have pretty much decided on naming the baby (if Boy) after his dad Romeo- but if its a girl then we want to name her Juliet Love. so pretty much the baby will be named after my husband.

ira456 - 187 days ago
Cambree is a beautiful name. Don't worry about gaining that much weight, ive gained about the same as you but ive been eating lots! Maybe we won't gain as much near the end??

meggied - 187 days ago
get my scan on march 19th. Cant wait. Think its a girl, but i may be wrong. If it is i want to name her Cambree. I have one of each so the sex does not really matter, just so i have a healthy baby. Still have some issues with upset stomoch. Yikes.... Ive already gained 25 lbs!!!!! How can i gain weight when im so sick???

ira456 - 187 days ago
I still need to buy so much stuff. I thought i was done having babies so I got rid of everything.

funtimemum80 - 187 days ago
I joined week 15 on Monday and I cannot believe it's still empty on there!! Had my husband set up some large white drawers last night, will start to buy the odd baby blanket ect and put away, in 2 days it will be March a little closer to August!!

Sue23 - 188 days ago
Alexander was hubbys choice maximilian is hubbys mums choice I dont wana find out the sex but need to for kiddies

ira456 - 188 days ago
Well as you know im not finding out and as for names im thinking Lincoln or Larissa :-)

funtimemum80 - 188 days ago
Is anyone here not finding out gender?

vickiessecret - 188 days ago
Love the name Alexander, it's my son's name :) If we have a girl this time is will be Charlotte & for a boy it will be Jonathon :)

megalo - 188 days ago
Sue and fun time, those are great names!!!

funtimemum80 - 189 days ago
We have no idea on a boys name, my husband says no to everything! For a girl we have chosen niamh, pronounced neeve

Sue23 - 189 days ago
if boy hel be called maximilian or alexander i think girls maybe georgia but i like molly too i think baby is a boy thou

Maybe1more - 189 days ago
Congrats on your girl Megalo! Anyone already have their names picked out? We are still undecided. Once we know the sex I think we will be able to nail one down. :)

vickiessecret - 189 days ago
Hi everyone..17 weeks today :) Can't believe I'm almost 1/2 way there!!

ira456 - 189 days ago
Yay congrats on your girl megalo!

megalo - 189 days ago
Team pink for me. I'm pretty excited.

funtimemum80 - 189 days ago
Ira, that's so nice to hear about your surprises, it's given me an incentive, not finding out takes so much will power esp when others around you find out what they are having!! So far we have 2 boys 4 girls and if I'm honest this one feels like a boy but I'm worried about finding out its a girl and proving my instincts wrong, I'd never trust myself again lol

green2u - 190 days ago
Thank you ladies!

ira456 - 190 days ago
Congrats green2u on your boy!! Its nice to have at least one of each :-)

ira456 - 190 days ago
Im going to try my hardest to wait. Ive managed to wait with three of them and enjoyed the surprise more than when I found out with the fourth, but we will see

Maybe1more - 190 days ago
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. Look at all the activity in here. I am 18 weeks now but 17 is close enough. Good to see some conversation going on. I am thinking and hoping boy for this one but will find out on the 11th. Super excited to find out. Funtime you have some super willpower if you can wait. I couldn't do it. Congrats on the boy Green!!!

green2u - 190 days ago
We are having a baby boy! We have a 5 year old girl, Nikki and a 2.5 year old girl,Emma. We are excited!

casanova - 190 days ago
how many children do you have?? I have been thinking of girl names. I really don't know.

funtimemum80 - 190 days ago
Usually, and esp after our 2nd I like to know who is on their way, pick a name buy pink or blue Ect but I've lost the buzz for that now, gosh I must be getting too old for this haha

casanova - 190 days ago
that is funny. well I want to know because I like to prepare myself and hopefully have a baby shower for this one. I only have 1 little girl so I was wishing for the boy because we are closing factory after this baby. but whatever God has in store for us, I will gladly accept it.

funtimemum80 - 190 days ago
I'm itching to find out, but at he same time I'd rather wait until the birth, the trouble is I've had boys and girls so creating a sense of excitement is quite hard, not knowing is giving us something to look forward to, we were told with our 2nd we were having a boy and she came out a girl, that was a huge surprise lol

casanova - 190 days ago
When I went to the doctor on the 19th they were not able to tell me the gender of my baby accurately, however the sonographer did say that it is very likely that it may be a girl. So I should be having my next apt on the 19th of march to be sure. I guess its too late to be asking for a certain gender... LOL!!!

funtimemum80 - 190 days ago
Hello guys, I'm jumping 2 weeks ahead, there is no convo in my week so took Casanovas advise to hijack you all : )) has anyone discovered who's having pink or blue yet??

casanova - 190 days ago
Last night I felt some very strong noticeable kicks but when I would my hand upon my tummy the kicks stopped. I guess my baby is being sneaky!! lol

ira456 - 190 days ago
Ive been feeling movement as well however, not often and its usually only one or two kicks and then stops. I think I have a calm one this round.

megalo - 190 days ago
She's staying at home with her dad. I just feel bad. I have felt movement. She's been very active the past few days. How about you?

casanova - 191 days ago
megalo have you felt any movement lately with the baby??

casanova - 191 days ago
who is your child staying with?? and how long are you going to be out??

megalo - 191 days ago
Oh my gosh, Ira. Can you believe it, almost half way there? Cassanova, i'm glad things are getting better for you. I have to go on a business trip today and my kiddo is so sick. I feel terrible.

casanova - 191 days ago
how is everyone today??

casanova - 191 days ago
hello megalo!! looks like things are going better. except for the fact that its a sunday and I have to be at work... :(

ira456 - 191 days ago
Yay! 3 more weeks and we're half way!

megalo - 191 days ago
Hi there week 17. How are you doing Casanova?

casanova - 192 days ago
week 17!!!!

rawrawbeans - 202 days ago
I know, I don't know where everyone went. I am going to find out. I could have found out last week but my hubby schedule is crazy so I have to wait till the 27 :(. I don't even really know how far along I am I kind of think I'm further,I have to wait for the ultrasound that keeps moving in the wrong direction haha. My placenta probably really low I'm thinking. I'm getting really sick again at night last night I threw up twice. I guess my morning sickness is never going to go away completely. But that's okay, as long as I get my baby in the end. ;)

Babyjarr - 203 days ago
I've been so super hungry for the past few days. It's just crazy how much I can eat and still be hungry. I'm feeling baby every once in a while but nothing too strong and definitely can't see anything on the outside. Perhaps the placenta is right on the front of my belly. Rawraw, it looks like it's just you and me actually writing stuff on here. Are you finding out what your having or will you keep it a secret until the big day? My ultrasound is on the 19th and I really want to find out but my husband doesn't want to.

rawrawbeans - 206 days ago
Week 17 yay! I have been feeling the baby move and I can see it move from the outside. my stomach isn't poking out very much at all so I'm guessing I have the hulk in there haha. The baby moves every time my hubby talks to it so I know it can hear now. I love it!!! Finally feeling a little better as well, so I'm heading into the best part of pregnancy now. :)

secondprincessonway - 212 days ago
Found out I am team pink again :)

25momof3tobe4 - 213 days ago
Its a boy!!

charcharsuperstar - 214 days ago
Ladies, I am devistated. Went in for a routine visit today & no longer have a heartbeat. The baby passed a week ago or so. I am just in shock. I go to the hospital tomorrow to 'deliver' . He was a boy. I am speechless. Sincerely , I wish you ladies luck with your pregnancies and hope you all have healthy babies. Xoxox

25momof3tobe4 - 214 days ago
Hi all hopefully everyone is doing good. my hypermesis is going strong I've lost almost 60lbs so far this pregnancy. i miss being able to eat or keep anything down. we go Saturday to see if it is a boy or girl. doesn't matter to us we have 6,3yr old daughters and a 22mo old son. just want a healthy baby :)

ilovemybelly - 216 days ago
smiles884: I think that if you CAN be financially stable then you should stay home with the kids for a while, since you are having twins and already have a 2 year old. i will be going back to work because we cannot rely on my husbands income only. About you gaining weight, i feel like a cow!! I have gained 13 pounds and i feel huge. I try to eat as healthy as possible but i dont know why i feel so fat. with my daughter i didnt feel like this and my belly was waaay smaller. my plan is that as soon as i give birth and the doc tells me its ok to exercise and diet, i will get to it so i can get back to my regular weight. I suggest you try to eat healthy, buy healthy food so when you feel the urge to eat, you eat something healthy, fruit, nuts, wheat crackers, low fat yogurt. oops, sorry for this long comment. LOL. Hope you have a great pregnancy and keep us posted. Take Care

ilovemybelly - 216 days ago
a.stormer: Congratulations on your pregnancy! I think its normal to feel like that at the beginning of your pregnancy because you were not expecting it at all but a new baby is always a blessing. You are very young but if it makes you feel any better, you are going to be a young mommy and when your kids are older, you are still going to be young and thats a good thing, think of it that way! :-) I hope you get better soon! I have a 5 year old and currently pregnant and i fell early in my pregnancy and i didnt know i was pregnant, ive had horrible back pain but its always a happy time when i see my lil bundle on an ultrasound and i always like to think that Its all for a good cause. I wish you the best, keep us updated with your progress. Take Care.

onbabyfour - 220 days ago
stormer...I cn relate to you. I got pregnant by a broken condom with someone I was only dating for 2 months, found out after 3 months when I was 4 weeks. We have been together for 6.5 months now and got engaged a couple weeks before Christmas. I thought I was done but wsn't sure enough to get fixed. and I'm really not happy in this relationship and have been depressed. To be honest I'm not real happy with any of my situation though I just keep thinking of what a blessing a baby is and it helps me be more excited for the little one. I hope everything works out for you and you start feeling better soon. My sister went through the sickness and being hospitalized for dehydration, sorry you are experiencing that.

jamie86 - 220 days ago
A.stormer- congrats on your pregnancy. Sorry you've had such a hard time with it though. My husband lost his job right before I got pregnant. Totally wasn't trying and was completely shocked by it. He still hasn't found a job yet so we have really been struggling so I can understand coming to terms with an unplanned pregnancy. This will be my 4th and I sometime don't know how we are going to make it but I know we will :) . I hope your HG gets better for you.

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