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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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NixSA - 522 days ago
Congrats! I found out yesterday I am having a girl. I have a 3 year old son so feel really blessed :)

oopixiesticks - 522 days ago
It's a boy!!!! so now I will have my 2 girls and boy! :)

mommy97101114 - 522 days ago
Sarah- the last time I went for my checkup the heartrate was 160 and I'm having a boy!

Baby ali - 522 days ago
oopixiesticks- goodluck hope everything goes well

oopixiesticks - 523 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 - 523 days ago
17 yay !! how is everyone here???

monika01 - 524 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 - 525 days ago
Whats everyones baby,s heartrate and what are they having? - 525 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 - 526 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 - 526 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 - 527 days ago
lol I can't wait to send them to school

stublit - 528 days ago
I once thought about homeschooling... Now I dream of sending them away to school for 6 hours!!!

stublit - 528 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 - 528 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 - 528 days ago
17 weeks today yeppyyyyyyy :0)

Baby ali - 529 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 - 529 days ago
I would sleep 12 hours if allowed, but I have a full time job and 2 young kids....

Baby ali - 529 days ago
I can't sleep :0( - 529 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 - 530 days ago
Yeah this site has tanked but we still have each other - that's the important part!

funtimemum80 - 530 days ago
What is the bump forum?

kadyrae1107 - 530 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 - 530 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 - 530 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 - 530 days ago
tassie- my closest friends are from here!! It's sad to see the site now.

stublit - 530 days ago
Oh, at 9 wks the FHR was 175 BPM. We'll see in 5 months what it is!!! - 530 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 - 530 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 - 530 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 - 530 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 - 530 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 - 530 days ago
150's team pink

lil.pigz - 530 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 intuition♥

sarah6485 - 530 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 - 530 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 - 531 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 - 531 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 - 531 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 - 531 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 - 531 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. - 531 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 - 531 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 - 531 days ago
sublit- congrats on good news!!!

Baby ali - 531 days ago
got back pains and feel out of breath most of the time due to big belly lol

lil.pigz - 531 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 - 531 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 - 531 days ago
Congrats stublit. Must be easier to sleep knowing that! - 531 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 - 531 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!!!

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