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You are 17 weeks pregnant.




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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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funtimemum80 - 203 days ago
Maybe, sorry to hear you're having a tough few days, the car issue is so frustrating, there are so many poo drivers out there yet it's others that get the brunt of their mistakes!! As for your son, I have to say I have met too many narrow minded adults when it comes to behaviour issues, I have two autistic children, one was 'testing' the other as quiet as can be, in fact she has mutisim and rarely talks. My eldest son who was deemed all sorts, trouble, mental, no good, grew up and became an A star student with a healthy attitude to life, he is going places and i couldn't be more proud. However the mums that signed petitions to kick my son out of the schools and nurserys are now dealing with their children growing into drug users, thieves ect... they didn't want to understand that my son was learning the hard way, that maybe the frustrations he showed were for a reason, so I guess eventually tables were turned. it will get easier, slowly and eventually things will get better : ))

Sue23 - 203 days ago
maybe1more glad all of u was ok .. as for ur son i wounder why teachers key workers never wanna take children with behavior issues surely the should understand that children needs routine stimulation and consistancy theres more stucture in nurserys etc (daycare) and its what children need not been thrown out my son has suspected adhd verbally diagnosed but has to wait till 7 for full writtan diagnosis

casanova - 203 days ago
Were your children in the car with you?? If they were I hope they didn't get stressed.

casanova - 203 days ago
OH MAYBE1MORE I AM SOOO SORRY!!! Believe me I know about stress during this pregnancy. it looks like for the entire pregnancy I have been stressed out. So I just hope things start getting better for you....

Maybe1more - 203 days ago
I also got rid of all my stuff as we have moved twice in the past year. JDH I love the name Clover. Very unique. Baby girl dust coming your way. I have had the most stressful week. Yesterday I wrecked my car. Thank goodness noone was hurt but the ladies insurance company is trying to pin it on me even though the officer found no one at fault. I was coming over a hill on a rural back road. Our roads are all ice covered right now in northern Michigan. As soon as I got to the top of the hill I could see the ladies car coming out of the driveway and instead of stopping she just kept coming out. There was no way I could stop because of the ice. I slid right into her. The first thing she said to me was she was sorry for pulling out in front of me and she couldn't see over the snow bank. Apparently that isn't the story she is giving her insurance. I lost my car and now they want me to be at blame. After all that I came home and my son's daycare called and said he couldn't come back. He has some behavior problems and they don't want to keep him anymore. This makes day 3 of missed work this week. I sure hope things start to turn around soon. All this stress cannot be good for the baby.

JDH - 203 days ago
We will find out March 20th...hopefully...our names are Harvey & Clover. My two boys are Oliver & Everett, so we've decided to stay with the V. Secretly hoping for a baby girl!

casanova - 204 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 - 204 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 - 204 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 - 204 days ago
I still need to buy so much stuff. I thought i was done having babies so I got rid of everything.

funtimemum80 - 204 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 - 204 days ago
Alexander was hubbys choice maximilian is hubbys mums choice I dont wana find out the sex but need to for kiddies

ira456 - 204 days ago
Well as you know im not finding out and as for names im thinking Lincoln or Larissa :-)

funtimemum80 - 205 days ago
Is anyone here not finding out gender?

vickiessecret - 205 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 - 205 days ago
Sue and fun time, those are great names!!!

funtimemum80 - 205 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 - 205 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 - 206 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 - 206 days ago
Hi everyone..17 weeks today :) Can't believe I'm almost 1/2 way there!!

ira456 - 206 days ago
Yay congrats on your girl megalo!

megalo - 206 days ago
Team pink for me. I'm pretty excited.

funtimemum80 - 206 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 - 206 days ago
Thank you ladies!

ira456 - 206 days ago
Congrats green2u on your boy!! Its nice to have at least one of each :-)

ira456 - 206 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 - 206 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 - 206 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 - 206 days ago
how many children do you have?? I have been thinking of girl names. I really don't know.

funtimemum80 - 206 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 - 206 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 - 206 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 - 206 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 - 206 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 - 207 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 - 207 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 - 207 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 - 207 days ago
megalo have you felt any movement lately with the baby??

casanova - 207 days ago
who is your child staying with?? and how long are you going to be out??

megalo - 207 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 - 207 days ago
how is everyone today??

casanova - 207 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 - 207 days ago
Yay! 3 more weeks and we're half way!

megalo - 208 days ago
Hi there week 17. How are you doing Casanova?

casanova - 209 days ago
week 17!!!!

rawrawbeans - 219 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 - 220 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 - 223 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 - 228 days ago
Found out I am team pink again :)

25momof3tobe4 - 229 days ago
Its a boy!!



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