Posted by: mommyq | October 15, 2007

17 Week Pregnant

It is such a strange sensation because, it feels like time has slowed to a crawl in terms of waiting for my ultrasound on October 24th but, the weeks of my pregnancy seem to be ticking along..does that even make any logical sense? LOL  I had my follow up Upper GI US on Friday and, I received a clean bill of health organ wise.  The ran some more tests in the afternoon and, it appeared at first look that those also were fine so, everything I guess is chalked up to phantom pregnancy pains.  However, I did receive a call TODAY from the hospital that one of my urine samples grew a bacteria called enterocuccus so, I will have to go on antibiotics for the next 8 days.  It is most likely NOT the cause of any pains and, I have not had any symptoms for it (which can be similar to a UTI) so, it is just a complete FLUKE that the figured out I had it.  Strange how things work eh?  WEll, on to the update:

 17 Weeks Pregnant

You are now 17 weeks pregnant which is the beginning of week 18. Your baby measures about 19 cm long from head to toe (or 7.6 inches) and weighs about 280 grams (9.8 ounces). Many women elect to have a routine ultrasound between 18 to 20 weeks (usually at 19 weeks). Unborn babies need to be at least 18 weeks gestation for the ultrasonographer to clearly see the normal physical structures of their body, including their heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and spine. An experienced ultrasonographer may even be able to tell if your baby is a girl or a boy by this stage (although this is not always 100% accurate!)

Your baby’s skin is still fine, transparent and slightly wrinkled because they do not have a layer of fat yet. The many blood vessels flowing underneath their skin makes it appear purply-red. The scant whiskers of hair on various parts of your baby’s body have now become a fine layer of down covering them all over (called ‘lanugo’). This hair helps protect your baby’s skin and is only shed a few weeks before they are due to be born.

Your baby will now explore their own body with their hands and if you are having twins or more they may try and locate each other, by touching and exploring the body of their brother or sister. There is plenty of fluid around your baby at this stage, allowing them to turn, twist and change position frequently. Some women definitely feel their baby move now (called ‘quickening’), however for many others, this exciting event is not experienced until 20 to 22 weeks.

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Responses

  1. Holy crap! You’re 17 wks already??? Time is flying (for me anyway)!

  2. Oh Suzie- this next ultrasound does seem to be taking longer to get to. Only 6 days to go now!

  3. It is taking FOREVER!!!!!! Honestly, the last few days have dragged like you would not believe!!!!


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