Weekly Pregnancy Update – 17 Weeks

How far along: 17w0d – the start of month 5!

Baby’s size: 5.59 inches, 6.70 oz., about the size of a dragon fruit.

Total weight gain: Up 3.7 lbs. from egg retrieval.  I feel like I should have gained more for being 17 weeks, but I haven’t really eaten much lately since I’ve been feeling so sick with this awful cold.  I assume I’ll start to pack on the pounds soon enough!  The only body part that looks larger this week than last is my behind!

17weeksMaternity clothes: Saturday marked the first day of maternity shirts!  I still have lots of regular sweaters that fit me, but it’s fun to wear some of the new items I purchased recently!

Stretch marks: I’m not noticing anything new.

Sleep: HA, awful, but because of this awful cold!

Symptoms/Feeling: I’m just really sick of feeling sick.  I’ve been coughing and blowing my nose constantly for almost a week now.  It’s wearing me out, physically and mentally.  My throat is really sore, but I assume from coughing, stuffy/runny nose, bad headache, just icky feeling all over.  Pregnancy-wise though I’m feeling great, in fact, most days I forget I’m even pregnant…  Well, aside from the heartburn.

Best moment of this week: Arriving home last night and crawling into bed before 7pm.  This past weekend was our Christmas celebration with Eric’s side, and there is nothing like being sick away from home.  A huge part of me actually wanted to skip the weekend and stay home, but I felt an obligation to suck it up and attend.  Hopefully I didn’t get anyone else sick.

Miss anything: Breathing!  I hate trying to sleep with a stuffy nose, then I breathe thru my mouth and then that gets dry, and then I cough, and the cycle starts all over again!

Movement: Still nothing 😦  I’m getting worried.

Food cravings: Nothing has sounded all that good with my cold, considering I can’t smell.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, seems I’m over all that!!

Have you started to show yet: Yep, although I’ve noticed how large I look really depends on what I wear.

Gender: Girl

Labor signs: Good God no!

Belly button in or out: In and it better stay that way!

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Definitely moody.  I am not a good sick person.  I usually rely on drugs to make me feel better, but obviously that isn’t the case this time.  And being back at work today is harder than I expected.  My brain doesn’t feel ready to actually be thinking.  Bed sounds so, so nice right now.

Looking forward to: A few days off with my family for Christmas!  (Hopefully I don’t regret saying that later!)

Purchases for baby:  I received a 10% off coupon for the Ergobaby 360 Carrier I had on my registry and it should be arriving this week.  I’m anxious to try it on and see how easy/difficult it will be to use with a living creature 🙂

Eric’s reactions:  Eric’s response to sickness kind of sucks, as he compares everything to his dying patients.  I mean obviously next to them I’m fine, but clearly I’m also not fine!

19 thoughts on “Weekly Pregnancy Update – 17 Weeks

      1. Yeah I heard the same thing from people so I definitely understand how you’re feeling. I had an anterior placenta so that may have contributed to why I didn’t feel her earlier. Even near the end I felt her more up high than in the middle where the placenta was. It’s hard sometimes but just have to have faith everything is ok and try not to worry. I’m still trying to do that myself even after pregnancy! 🙂


  1. Hope you start feeling better soon! I don’t remember feeling either one of the boys move until after my 20 week ultrasound. Did you start the house yet? Are you going to Gretchen for Xmas? If you are and you need to get away for a little bit…. just remember I’m right down the street 🙂


  2. I *maybe* felt something around 16 weeks, but I’m still not convinced it was for sure the kid. Definitely by 20/21 weeks, I was getting distinct movement like thumping and tapping. You have your doppler, right? That should help a little with the anxiety!
    I cannot believe you’re 17 weeks already!


  3. Don’t worry about not feeling movement! I didn’t feel a thing with my oldest until 19 weeks and then nothing consistent until several weeks later! My second wasn’t much sooner either!


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