Week 17

week 17 pregnant belly side view

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How far along: 17 weeks.

How big is baby: an onion.

What is baby doing this week: Your baby is now nearly 11cm long from crown to rump and weighs about 140g. His skeleton is mostly rubbery cartilage, but will start to harden as the weeks go by. A protective substance called myelin slowly begins to wrap around his spinal cord. Sweat glands are starting to develop all over his body. Just as he grows bigger, the umbilical cord, his lifeline to the placenta, is growing stronger and thicker, too.

Your expanding uterus (womb) has shifted your centre of gravity and you've probably been feeling a bit off-kilter. If you like wearing high heels now is the time to err on the side of caution and switch to flat or low-heeled shoes.


Total weight gain: 49.5kg, up 600g from week 16, a gain of 2.7kg overall. Eek! As i only gained 8kg by 40 weeks with our toddler, i need to start watching any junk i'm putting in my mouth (chocolate - that means you!).

Maternity clothes: Maternity bras, maternity trousers, normal tshirts.

Sleep: Still struggling to get to bed early.

Best moment of the week: Putting our announcement up on Facebook and watching the congratulations pour in was a lot of fun :)

Food cravings/aversions: None this week.


Nausea: none.

Fatigue: Same as last week - just normal tiredness now, after a long day at work and trying to get housework and cooking done in a few hours. Bedtime seems to be midnight, which i really need to move forward a few hours.


Movement: Lots of tiny pops, either side of the middle and low down.

Gender: will find out at the 18-20 week anatomy scan. Hubby and my midwife think boy, i think girl.

What i'm looking forward to: finding out the gender!

What i miss: having more than one coffee a day. Double brie on water crackers. Sashimi and champagne.

Next appt: 16 June midwife appointment.

What else i've done this week: Nothing pregnancy related.

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