Week 17 of Pregnancy: Baby's Body Fat
Your baby is about five inches long and more than three and a half ounces — the size of your open hand. Baby's body fat is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy.
How big is your baby at 17 weeks pregnant? About five inches long and more than three and a half ounces — the size of your open hand. (Open the other one too and imagine your baby cradled in both your arms right after delivery!) Body fat (baby's, that is) is beginning to form and will continue to accumulate through the end of your pregnancy. By the time your baby is born, body fat will make up about two-thirds of his or her weight (and will make all those chubby parts especially yummy).
Your baby is almost certainly listening up by now. In fact, loud noises — the dog barking, the doorbell ringing — will actually startle your baby (and also get him or her used to such noises; for instance, fetuses who regularly hear a dog barking will become babies who sleep right through Fido's outbursts). Your baby's eyes (which have fortunately finished their migration to the front of his or her head) are making small side-to-side movements and can even perceive some light, though the eyelids are still sealed. And since practice makes perfect, your baby is sharpening his or her sucking and swallowing skills in preparation for that first (and second…and third) suckle at your breast or bottle. In fact, most of the survival reflexes that your baby will have at birth are being perfected in utero right now.
And here's some proof that your baby is truly one of a kind (as if you needed any!). Within the next week or so, the pads on your baby's fingertips and toes will become adorned with completely individual swirls and creases (aka fingerprints).
Size of Baby: about the size of an opened hand
Total Weight Loss/Gain: -20.5 pounds
Maternity Clothes: I bought a maternity dress at target this last week and am heading down to Phoenix to pick up some maternity jeans tomorrow. My pants are now too loose every where BUT the waistband now with the weightloss so I am thinking that I will get some maternity jeans in a smaller size and stop feeling like I have a lower half that resembles more of Michael Moore than myself!
Gender: still unknown for approximately 2 more weeks
Movement: flutters at night by our little night owl :)
Sleep: same as before. Sleeping alright.
What I miss: Not giving a second thought to the amount of caffiene and/or other things like medicines etc I consume.
What I'm looking forward to: the big ultrasound! and Disneyland. But I suppose that that is not really pregnancy related.
Cravings: yellow tomatoes, cheese, melon (especially watermelon!), shredded beef tacos
Symptoms: nausea, headaches, ligament pain
This last week has been pretty good. Roslyn has been out of town at my Mom's house for most of it so I just caught up on a lot of napping and taco consumption! :P Drew and I are anxiously and impatiently awaiting our ultrasound and have been wandering around stores trying to decide what we'd like for a crib, etc. The house hunt is still on for now, but we are considering an add on to this house if it is not too prohibitive cost wise. Other than that, we've just been in full Disneyland mode with out trip next week! Can't wait! So excited to go on vacation to Disneyland and spend a little time at the beach.
Hope your week is good and I promise to be back to more regular posting... the last couple of weeks have just gotten away from me!