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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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Congrats stublit. Must be easier to sleep knowing that! - 316 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 - 316 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 - 316 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 - 316 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 - 317 days ago
Thanks ladies - you are making me feel less worried about peeing so much!

kadyrae1107 - 317 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 - 317 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 - 317 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 - 317 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 - 317 days ago
Tassie, you definitely will be able to ;) - 317 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 - 317 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 - 317 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. - 317 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 - 317 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 - 318 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 - 318 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 - 318 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 - 318 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 - 318 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 - 318 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 - 318 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 - 319 days ago
Jackie- could it have been blood sugar related? How long had it been since you'd ate?

kristen27 - 319 days ago
Jackie that's really scary! Hope you don't get anymore of those episodes!! =/

tlc - 319 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 - 319 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 - 319 days ago
Jackie - did it start when you stood up too fast?

kristen27 - 319 days ago
Craving so many foods right now! Olive Garden salad and bread sticks is at the top of my list!!!

kristen27 - 319 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 - 319 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 days ago
I like Arya too!

tlc - 320 days ago
Arya is pretty.

lil.pigz - 320 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 - 320 days ago
I guess it sounds too much like Pippa - like Middleton....

kristen27 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 320 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 - 321 days ago
Jackie - I'm glad you are finding out the gender. So many of you are keeping me in suspense!!!

stublit - 321 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!!!

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