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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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kristen27 - 230 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 - 230 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 - 230 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 - 230 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 - 231 days ago
Jackie - I'm glad you are finding out the gender. So many of you are keeping me in suspense!!!

stublit - 231 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!!!

kristen27 - 231 days ago
I have my sono in 2 weeks. Can't wait to see baby but we aren't going to find out the sex.

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 231 days ago
Yeah, I'm feeling the stress and nerves on if my baby is healthy and developing properly, even though my doctor said everything looks great so far. So I'm praying my little baby is okay and it would be nice if s/he didn't have her/his legs crossed! lol. Lil-i would go crazy of I had to wait until 22 weeks! I felt like it'd been forever already so far lol. oh...I'm pretty sure I've felt the baby move today, but not positive since it's so faint...

jackie87 - 231 days ago
My U/S is in 10 days--I'm cautiously excited and hoping my baby is healthy first and foremost. If the little one cooperates, I'll find out the gender too!

lil.pigz - 231 days ago
jackie87 & kristen27-Yay!You made it:)...tnt-surprisebaby2- I wont find out gender until probably 22 weeks from what everyone else told me about this new DR's office:( I have a regular appointment Tuesday, so I am hoping he schedules me sooner than later for the scan!!

tnt-surprisebaby2 - 231 days ago
Went to the doctor today and got a lovely pap smear lol but I also set up an ultrasound appointment for Wednesday morning, yaaaay! Has anyone found out the sex of their baby yet? I'm planning a gender reveal party when I (hopefully) find out next week :)

kristen27 - 231 days ago
hey Jackie!! =]

jackie87 - 231 days ago
Hey Kristen and Lil! Seems like it's been slow in here. Luckily we're all catching up now!

kristen27 - 231 days ago
hello week 17!!

lil.pigz - 232 days ago
17 weeks today! For once unexpectedly,lol. Im so far off on dates lately but I just noticed my profile said 17 weeks so I am stoked:) Unfortunately it was 9 days ago that someone last posted here...sheesh.

cowgirl211 - 241 days ago
Hello ladies. I haven't been on here in awhile. This week we find out what we are having (Friday) Im super excited. Other than that I have been having horrible headaches and this week seems to be worse. Also, for the first time yesterday I noticed I would get shaky and light headed after every meal. Im really worried about that, will ask the doctor tomorrow if this is normal? I take Zofran for nausea (without it im deathly ill!) I really hope this isn't a sign of low blood sugar or something else. I'm going to see how I do today after each meal. Fingers crossed it was just a weird thing yesterday!

vickiessecret - 242 days ago
Off to week 18 tomorrow! :)

susieq2582 - 242 days ago
Casanova - You will find yourself with the same immense love that you feel for your daughter. The hard part is that you also love your other child so much. I remember crying in the hospital when my older son came to visit. He missed me so much at home, and I felt so bad that he couldn't stay with us and the new baby. Funny thing is his memory of that time is so different. He is excited for this baby to come because it means him and his brother get to go stay with Grandma while I am in the hospital. He cracks me up!

susieq2582 - 242 days ago
JDH - I totally relate to your emotional response to this pregnancy. This is also my third, and I have two boys already. However, this pregnancy is completely different. Almost everything makes me want to cry. I almost cried watching a video of my son doing a lesson at school that they showed us during parent teacher conferences. Commercials, kids singing in church, all makes me tear up. The really strange part is my inability to tolerate people. I feel like my head is going to explode whenever I have to deal with somebody who is acting stupid. I am hoping I go back to my normal self after baby arrives.

JDH - 244 days ago
I think my issue is that I am a private person. With my first, I knew I didn't want anyone but my husband at the hospital and I didn't want any visitors until we got home. Now, we are on our third and she is still asking to come along to ultrasounds, and be at the hospital when the baby is born. She doesn't just ask though. She keeps going and tries to make my husband and I feel guilty about our decisions. Which makes me not even want to talk to the entire family about the pregnancy because nothing will ever please them. Oh well! I love my husband, and will respect his family to t he best of my abilities :) Sorry for the long post!!

casanova - 244 days ago
thanks for the advice JDH- I hope my heart doubles because right now I feel bad because I only have feelings for my daughter. maybe once I start to feel more pregnant I will enjoy this pregnancy more. Sorry about your feelings towards your extended family but I so understand how you feel. my mother in law annoys me sometimes even though I know she is a lot of help. I don't know if it happens to you but sometimes they can give some comments that can really bug you even though they don't mean to be offensive.

JDH - 244 days ago
Also, I've been feeling so different with this pregnancy (my 3rd). Not just physically, but more of an emotional way. I don't like to talk to people about it, I get annoyed when they ask about the sex, due date, and all that jazz. And I can't STAND my Mother in law! I hate that I have these feelings towards my husbands family because I know they care about me, and I probably sound like a real B with an ITCH. Maybe it's just because it's my 3rd and i'm busy with the boys everyday. I haven't really had a ton of free time since finding out I was pregnant to just ENJOY it. I probably don't make any sense to anyone right now but it's just been a strange last few months! Maybe it's my RAGING pregnancy hormones! I cry when I watch TV commercials!

JDH - 244 days ago
Casanova-Your heart just doubles in size :) It's really an amazing thing. Of course, your first always has that special spot as your FIRST but each child will always be special in their own way. When we were thinking about getting pregnant again, I wasn't excited to have a baby, I was excited to think about the next little PERSON I was going to meet and was going to join our family. I hope it's true what they say about going from 1 to 2 is the hardest and 2 to 3 is easier :)

casanova - 244 days ago
I was just remembering the last time I was on this site and how worried and anxious I was because it was my first pregnancy. during this pregnancy I have been more calm about the pregnancy. I still don't feel pregnant since I am not showing and I weighed myself again today and I am still not gaining any weight. last night as I was laying in bed and had my hand over my tummy I felt some small kicks. that made this pregnancy so much more real. for all you moms who have more than 1 baby I have a question. I look at my baby daughter and she is my world, and I wonder, will I be able to have room in my heart to love this new baby? and will I love him/her as much as I love my daughter?

Maybe1more - 244 days ago
Thank you everyone. I will let you all know if anything else comes of it. I am going to get my police report next week and hopefully won't here another word about it. I was driving our 'winter beater' and it only had minimum coverage so I know I won't get anything for mine. Her company made it sound like they wanted me to be responsible for her deductible. I don't understand why they care so much who pays the deductible. Ira I can't believe they would make you go out. It has been bitterly cold here as well. School was cancelled Thurs and Friday. This winter has been the worst one I can ever remember.

julz - 245 days ago
Maybe1More - I agree have your insurance company fight for you. I am an auto claims adjuster, there is no way you are 100% to blame. You have the right of way as you are on the main roadway. Definately don't let them push you around, get your insurance company involved!! PM me if you have any questions or need any advise. Good Luck!

susieq2582 - 245 days ago
Maybe1More - Have your insurance company fight for you. I was in an accident in a parking lot almost two years ago, and I was deemed at fault because I was backing out of a parking space into the right of way while the other driver was driving in the right of way. I was pissed because I am pretty sure he was texting and didn't see me as I had been stopped sticking out of the spot. BUT, the lesson I learned was that the person backing up is the one at fault. You were in the right of way, so the other driver should have yielded to you.

casanova - 245 days ago
oh my goodness ira!! be safe!!! its starting to warm up down here. today we should be around 70 - 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I despise the cold weather.

ira456 - 245 days ago
Sorry to hear about your rough time maybe1more. Im getting ready to go drive my bus and its -41 degrees Celsius outside. All the other buses cancelled but I have to drive unless its -45. We have different contractors.

lila2cute:-) - 246 days ago
Maybe- I'm just reading the blog and I'm sorry to hear what an awe foul week your having ((hugs)).

lila2cute:-) - 246 days ago
Yay to week 17 :) thank goodness!!! 23 more weeks to this bean is cooked <3 I can't wait and I hope she is a girl ;)

funtimemum80 - 246 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 - 246 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 - 246 days ago
Were your children in the car with you?? If they were I hope they didn't get stressed.

casanova - 246 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 - 246 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 - 246 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 - 246 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 - 246 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 - 246 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 - 246 days ago
I still need to buy so much stuff. I thought i was done having babies so I got rid of everything.

funtimemum80 - 247 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 - 247 days ago
Alexander was hubbys choice maximilian is hubbys mums choice I dont wana find out the sex but need to for kiddies

ira456 - 247 days ago
Well as you know im not finding out and as for names im thinking Lincoln or Larissa :-)

funtimemum80 - 247 days ago
Is anyone here not finding out gender?

vickiessecret - 247 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 - 247 days ago
Sue and fun time, those are great names!!!

funtimemum80 - 248 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 - 248 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 - 248 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. :)

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