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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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stublit - 400 days ago
Lilpigz- they drew blood Monday- st paddys day! And said they'd call within a week with results. They called two days later. Pretty quick!

funtimemum80 - 400 days ago
Oh and in the past my daughters have had low heart rates in the 130's, my 1st son was always high between 160-170

funtimemum80 - 400 days ago
Hi all, my last pregnancy and this pregnancy have exactly the same heart rate, yet my last baby was a boy and this pregnancy is a girl, when I was preg with my last baby his heart rate was 154 and my friends baby's heart rate ( also a boy) was 134, I had a Doppler and we had a chuckle taking it in turns at the same time, diff heart rates same gender, same heart rates diff genders....for me anyway lol - 400 days ago
150's team pink

lil.pigz - 401 days ago
sarah6485 - Mine was 152 yesterday. My girls were always between 150-160 and my son was in the 170's most times. Im guessing girl for me too, but not based on heartrate, just my intuitionā™„

sarah6485 - 401 days ago
Can we all.share heartrates and genders if known as want to see if myth proves true? Mines 156 dont know gender but id say a girl :-)

lil.pigz - 401 days ago
tlc - Come to think of it,I had them all done with my son too, except for the Maternity21. I made them pull out all the bells and whistles with him becuase he was a rainbow baby and I wasnt risking another loss. This new Dr doesnt do the Quad if the NT was done.

tlc - 401 days ago
Actually, I have had ALL those tests - NT scan, Maternity21, AND AFP. However, the AFP is still done b/c it can detect risk of spina bifidsa, and the previous tests can't

lil.pigz - 401 days ago
kadyrae1107 - We are referring to the Quad AFP test. They do it between 16-18 weeks. If you had an NT scan in the first trimester with sequential screening, or the Harmony/Panorama test, then you probably wouldnt do this test. I didnt want this one really, but had no choice because they couldnt do the NT scan on me at 12 weeks.

kadyrae1107 - 401 days ago
What is this test everyone is talking about? Two weeks ago at my last doc appt he asked if he did a test already. When he asked me that I thought he was talking about the genetic testing but now I'm wondering if there's something else he was talking about?? Hmm. Should he know that answer from my chart?!? Lol. I go back on the 26th and I also have my anatomy u/s later that day too! So I'll definitely be bring this test up. But what's it called?

kadyrae1107 - 401 days ago
Tassie I was wondering if it could be rls. My arms get numb and stuff too but I didn't know if maybe that was the way I maybe slept on them the night before

kadyrae1107 - 401 days ago
Thank you everyone. In pretty sure this is the beginning of the SPD again :( I didn't get it until 21 weeks when pregnant with Kennadie. But I read it will happen again next pregnancy and may start earlier. The SPD was the worst pain I ever in my life dealt with (including labor) I could not stand up/sit down by myself. If I would try the pain would shoot right in my pelvis & groin and in between my legs like inside my upper thighs. I would hear/feel this clicking sound that hurt so bad. While sleeping at night if I wanted to turn over DH would have to move my legs for me because the pain to move my legs hurt so bad I couldn't do it. - 401 days ago
Kadyrae- look up rls (restless legs syndrome), my dr recommended taking more calcium so I take tums. I get it super bad, in my legs and arms! It's horrible. Also lay on left side or have dh rub your legs and lay down when ready to sleep rather than to watch tv or read first. That's helped me plus drinking tons of water. I still get it but was really bad for like a week.

tlc - 401 days ago
I also got my AFP results back today - results were in the normal range. I forgot I even had the test, which is a good thing. I had the blood taken 9 days ago.

kristen27 - 401 days ago
sublit- congrats on good news!!!

Baby ali - 401 days ago
got back pains and feel out of breath most of the time due to big belly lol

lil.pigz - 401 days ago
ohmynotagain- Oh no to the possible broken toe! I am so bad I trip going UP the stairs,lol...stublit - YAY to awesome results:) How long did it take to get the results back? They did my test yesterday and I forgot to ask how long for results. I think it is a week if I remember from last pregnancy?...kadyrae1107- Ouch, that just sounds painful. My hips are starting to hurt at night too, wakes me up:/ Then when I turn over it feels like my insides are tearing,lol.

kadyrae1107 - 401 days ago
Ughh I'm getting so annoyed by my legs starting to ache and hurt the minute I lay down!!!! It kind of feels like I'm 8 years old again and having growingpains. They ache, hurt, go numb & feel sooooo restless!!! I had SPD last pregnant so I'm praying this isn't the start of it. My hips even hurt real bad - 401 days ago
Congrats stublit. Must be easier to sleep knowing that! - 402 days ago
Haha I was a server at one place and a bartender at the other and one I also had to wear an apron and it was annoying taking it off and redressing every half hour.

stublit - 402 days ago
Doc called= quad screen is normal! yay! Tests always make me nervous. As far as peeing, I pee constantly. I also drink a lot of water. It's either drink a lot of water or battle dry mouth and fatigue!!!

ohmynotagain - 402 days ago
When it comes to the gender of my babies it seems I just get an overwhelming feeling when it's a girl I just know. When it's a boy I just don't have any feeling it's really strange but true. Last night I decided to be cute and step over a baby gate. Lets just say the baby gate won. I haven't fallen like that in sooooo long. I am sure baby is ok but I think I broke my little toe. And one knee is swollen. I have had a really rough winter I just want it over.

lil.pigz - 402 days ago
kadyrae1107 -'Linea Negra' is the line:) I never got it though. I got plenty of stretch marks instead,lol...Dr found baby's heartbeat right away again yesterday with his doppler, better luck than I had with my doppler. Heartrate was 152, I dont bother guessing gender off that anymore either. Long ago I would have said it's another girl, but my son was always in the 170's and one of my daughters was in the 130-140's,lol. I have the anatomy scan April 14th! Bahaha, hubby cant go so guess I will be finding out gender after all:)

tlc - 402 days ago
Thanks ladies - you are making me feel less worried about peeing so much!

kadyrae1107 - 402 days ago
Lol I have to pee like every half hour too! Its so annoying!! Especially when I'm working. I'm a waitress at Outback Steakhouse so when I have to use the rest room I have to take off the apron, untuck my shirt, unbutton and unzip my pants then finally go. Then I gotta do it all over again + wash my hands before I go back to work. I would so rather be home in my jammies or sweat pants and just pull them down lol. I hate tucking my shirt & putting my apron back on and all that!! Just a pain lol especially if we are really busy!! My belly buttonseemed to pop out this week! Anyone elelse's belly button already pop out? Last pregnancy it popped pretty early and I also got the line going down my belly early but I don't have the line yet this time around. I forget what that line is called!! Its like at the tip of my tongue! Hate when that happens lol - 402 days ago
Ha! I swear I pee every 20 min. Might be the uti, (even though it doesn't hurt at all), but I think it's the baby sitting on my bladder. I'm not overly thirsty but I did make some cucumber, basil, lemon and lime infused water today to make drinking water not seem like a chore. What I really want is a pot of coffee to myself. Bed rest is killing me. I am so bored. I don't know anyone in this city so I'm home with my son while dh is at work all day.

tlc - 402 days ago
I had my annual well visit with my primary physician today, so I told her about my concerns about my crazy dry mouth and how I worry that it may be a sign of gestational diabetes (since one symptom is excessive thirst). She wasn't overly concerned but said that if I wanted to I could just do a blood test to see where things are at today. Of course the real test would be the drinking test that we do around 24 weeks. She also just wants me to increase my fluid intake to see if it's just dehydration. Of course I thought of that myself but was avoiding it somewhat because that means I'll have to go to the bathroom twice as much!

kristen27 - 402 days ago
tassie- Im not a single parent but I did feel the same as you when I was pregnant with my second. my kids are 11 months apart. son first, daughter second. I was terrified that I wouldn't love her as much bc I loved him so much that I wasn't sure I could love someone else as much as I loved him. he was my everything. BUT when I hot my third trimester everything kind of eased up and my fears kind of went away and then when she was born I was in love all over. and I learned it IS possible to love more than one person that much. theyre both my world. they have completely opposite personalities but I love them both equally. =] so don't worry. itll work out!

jackie87 - 402 days ago
Tassie, you definitely will be able to ;) - 402 days ago
That's great because it's really been worrying me. My son is my whole world do I can't imagine being able to love anyone as much as I love him.

jackie87 - 402 days ago
Tassie, I can't relate about being a single parent, but it took me a while to be ready to try for my second because I was worried I would never love a child like my first. I couldn't live without either of them, and now that I'm on baby #3, I know it will be the same scenario. I think it's awesome you have that close bond with your son but you'll connect with your daughter in other ways. I've come to the realization that because each child is different, you love them equally but differently-- if that makes any sense. You'll learn to appreciate them both for the unique individuals that they are and you won't be able to imagine your life without either of them!

ohmynotagain - 403 days ago
Tassie I can understand why someone would feel that way about not having the same amount of love. I also was a single mom until my daughter was 2 and a half but for what ever reason I never had that feeling when I was pregnant with my second. I just couldn't wait to feel that same life changeling over whelming love feeling again when my son was born and I feel that same way now that my third is on its way. Though I do notice I am not as much of a worry wort as I was with my first because I am not the only one responsible for keeping them alive if something happenes I can just blame my husband lol. So I think it was a lot less stressful. So just sit back and enjoy the ride lmao. - 403 days ago
I was a single mom until last yr so I know how it is to have just enough for bills but always splurged once in a while for my son. Dollar stores and sales were my best friends. I could give myself a certain amount of money to spend and spend within that. I wanted him to never feel that I was struggling. I think I did a great job at that. However, if I didn't have the money when he wanted something he had to learn that he couldn't get everything he wants all the time. He's almost 5 now and a great kid. If I say no he knows it's not because I'm being mean it's just that he can't have it now. Speaking of, this one is a girl and I'm a little afraid I won't connect with her the way my son and I have bonded. He was my first and we were alone for almost 3 yrs so we went through a lot together. Things I'm hoping I won't ever need to go through with this one. Is anyone else afraid of not bonding the same with the second like your first?

jackie87 - 403 days ago
Kady, I don't usually go crazy for Easter simply because my girls' birthdays are so close to it (March and May), so I usually just get them a nice outfit and a few chocolates--nothing over the top.

kadyrae1107 - 403 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 - 403 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 - 403 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 - 403 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 - 404 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 - 404 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 - 404 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 - 404 days ago
Jackie- could it have been blood sugar related? How long had it been since you'd ate?

kristen27 - 404 days ago
Jackie that's really scary! Hope you don't get anymore of those episodes!! =/

tlc - 404 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 - 404 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 - 404 days ago
Jackie - did it start when you stood up too fast?

kristen27 - 404 days ago
Craving so many foods right now! Olive Garden salad and bread sticks is at the top of my list!!!

kristen27 - 405 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 - 405 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 - 405 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?

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