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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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MOMIIB - 538 days ago
17weeks today with our 2nd baby boy :-) regular ck up with the OB tomorrow :-) - 549 days ago
any body here tried baking soda or ring test, how accurate is it? - 551 days ago
welcome mmomalley, me too i am 17 weeeks, so excited and this is my third baby as well, but i can feel the baby move, and i remember with my other two i used to feel them end of 6th month...

mmomalley82 - 551 days ago
Hello mommies to be..I'm 17.2 weeks..with my 3rd baby my anatomy scan is 4/23 still don't feel any movement..I can't remember how far I was with my other 2 it's been almost 11 yrs since the last one:) but am very excited!!!

mommy97101114 - 552 days ago
Congrats Monika!!

monika01 - 552 days ago
18 tomrroew ~ had my scan.. Hb 152. and its a GIrl !!! so stocked dh not so much .. but cervix is awesome over 5 i cried count believe it :O))) ~~ flutters are off and on…

mommy97101114 - 553 days ago
Hello week 17...almost at the half-way point!! I am definitely feeling more and more movement!

baby-no-3 - 554 days ago
I am 17.4 and only feel the occasional movements. It is my 5th baby and latest I have ever felt movement. My husband felt baby number 3 at 17 weeks.

NixSA - 555 days ago
Well I'm not feeling anything. 17.3 and NOTHING only the odd is that... Oh no can't be. Its very frustrating.

sarah6485 - 555 days ago
I'm defo feeling flutters now this baby is so gentle my girls really kicked me so I reckon it's a boy :-) this is late for me to only feel flutters I usually feel loads by now

monika01 - 557 days ago
yay for gender reveal ! ~ i really really want to know and with my last i knew 17 .4 but now they past some law that i can't find out till 20 !!!!// i have a cervix check on wed. hoping she will let me at least see the baby may scan over the part? lol… YEs this site is soooo slow compared to before…

sarah6485 - 557 days ago
Congrats on the genders mummies :-)

sarah6485 - 557 days ago
Thanks guys for replies im trying to keep this one a surprise baby and i didnt want to know my heartrate cos the myth but from what you have said the myth isnt accurate my midwife toldme mines 156 and i was like ah now i know its a girl lol but i feel its a boy so i still could be right lol its just a string feeling i have that im carrying a boy. I dontmind what i have though its just fun to guess by how you feel as to what your having :-)

Baby ali - 557 days ago
oopixiesticks- just had a look at the scan pics defo a boy lol you can enjoy ur pregnancy now lol happy and exciting journey :0)

oopixiesticks - 558 days ago
I got a few coupons in this magazine for free baby stuff.. well they get you because you have to pay $12 shipping fee, but still a good discount. use promo code NP1213CC use promo code NP1213UC use promo code NP1213SS use code NP1213NP

oopixiesticks - 558 days ago
posted 3 pictures to the ultrasound album.. I can't beleive how slow this site has gotten, in just the past few years it was really hard to keep up

oopixiesticks - 558 days ago
Thanks NixSA congrats on your girl! Feels nice to know we can experience having a child each gender. Thanks babyAli I'm relieved because I know hubby is very happy and makes me feel better knowing I don't have to hear the rude remarks of 'ohh it's another girl' like the baby wouldn't be loved or special regardless but also because this might be my last one.

Baby ali - 558 days ago
oopixiesticks- congratulations wow it's what u wanted lol

NixSA - 558 days ago
Congrats! I found out yesterday I am having a girl. I have a 3 year old son so feel really blessed :)

oopixiesticks - 558 days ago
It's a boy!!!! so now I will have my 2 girls and boy! :)

mommy97101114 - 558 days ago
Sarah- the last time I went for my checkup the heartrate was 160 and I'm having a boy!

Baby ali - 558 days ago
oopixiesticks- goodluck hope everything goes well

oopixiesticks - 558 days ago
17 weeks today! We have the same due date Monika I just wrote on week 16 thanks for the name of the book I'm going to look for it. Sarah- my doctor appt was 2 days ago and heart rate was at 152.. I'm finding out in a few hours boy or girl so I'll let you all know!

monika01 - 558 days ago
17 yay !! how is everyone here???

monika01 - 560 days ago
yay 17 tomorrow and have a cervix check on wed. so in a week i hope it will be good new and the person doing the check will let me see the baby.. sometimes on these cervix scans the u/s tech. can be a Bitch… i remember from my last pg… hoping it is good .

sarah6485 - 560 days ago
Whats everyones baby,s heartrate and what are they having? - 561 days ago
anyone familiar with cystic fibrosis? or you and your spouse are CF carriers? Third question, anyone have an ultrasound that came back with a 'bright spot' on the bowel of the baby?

daniellecruze - 562 days ago
Yea am 17 weeks pregnant today on my twins but I feel a little upset I don't no if this is normal but at the moment I just keep seeing and hearing no very nice stories am classed as being half way now but am still very scared in everything i do and it don't help people in my ears saying don't do this or don't do that Ar well hopefully after my 4d scan next week I'll feel better hope you girls are all well xxx - 562 days ago
yay 17 weeks today! still keeping up with my diclectin otherwise i cant eat and im super nauseous....still feeling movements once in a while....and saturday night while those around me were having beer i was chugging limeade lol.... i dont know why but i LOVE citrus right now :) and then afterwards there were a few kicks that hubby was lightly able to feel :) other than that i think i have an infection....not sure if it's a yeast infection or bv....will be making a dr appt tomorrow...

Baby ali - 563 days ago
lol I can't wait to send them to school

stublit - 564 days ago
I once thought about homeschooling... Now I dream of sending them away to school for 6 hours!!!

stublit - 564 days ago
Baby Ali- I'm with you!! I look forward to bed time way too much!!! It's so hard being pregnant and having two kids!

Baby ali - 564 days ago
this weeks gone quiet, everyone's moved to next week lol, feeling good but got back ache and feel out of breath, hard being pregnant and looking after two kids, I get very tired and exhausted but all worth it I guess :0)

Baby ali - 564 days ago
17 weeks today yeppyyyyyyy :0)

Baby ali - 565 days ago
going to my cousins wedding I will be exactly 5 months pregnant not bought any outfit yet due to growing belly, will b looking fat and ugly lolz no pictures for me

tlc - 565 days ago
I would sleep 12 hours if allowed, but I have a full time job and 2 young kids....

Baby ali - 565 days ago
I can't sleep :0( - 565 days ago
@funtimemum- There is a pregnancy board called the bump. I am so used to the women on this site who are so supportive and non judgmental that lurking and reading the comments on others posts over there had me speechless. On another note; anyone sleeping a ton!? I sleep close to 12 hrs at nt then a nap in the day. I am still so dang tired!

tlc - 565 days ago
Yeah this site has tanked but we still have each other - that's the important part!

funtimemum80 - 565 days ago
What is the bump forum?

kadyrae1107 - 565 days ago
Thanks stublit! I have a OB appt on the 26th and I'll definitely be mentioning these things to him because I'm petrified its the beginning of SPD again :( I still have my maternity belly band from last pregnancy when I got diagnose with SPD. Also later that day _(26th) I have my 18 week anatomy ultrasound. For some reason I'm so dang on nervous about it!!!

kadyrae1107 - 565 days ago
I can't remember what my did heart rate was. Too lazy to get up at look at her baby book lol but this time I'm having a boy and his HR has been anywhere from 140s to 170s. I don't really believe that gender prediction though

stublit - 565 days ago
RLS has been linked to magnesium deficiency as well. A magnesium supplement may help but it takes awhile to build in your system. Worth a try though!

stublit - 565 days ago
tassie- my closest friends are from here!! It's sad to see the site now.

stublit - 565 days ago
Oh, at 9 wks the FHR was 175 BPM. We'll see in 5 months what it is!!! - 565 days ago
Have any of you been on the bump's forum!? Omg! Those woman are so insensitive and catty. I regret going there. Wish they took care of this site better so we could have what I had when I was preg with my son. I met my best friend on here!

stublit - 565 days ago
I read the fetal heart rate should be done early on to predict gender. After a certain week they don't follow a pattern anymore. I want to say around 7-8 weeks is when you should look at the heart rate to predict gender. Of course it's not accurate so it doesn't matter anyway! Just thought I'd share for those who hadn't read that. I did a lot of research on gender prediction in my first pregnancy!! Now I couldn't care less what comes out. Funny how that works.

stublit - 565 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 - 566 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 - 566 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

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