Crazy to think that I’m nearing closer to the halfway point of pregnancy. This week thebump.com talks about not getting freaked out by weight gain and growth. I can definitely see GROWTH in my belly this week. It’s rounding out and pushing forward! Sometimes it is hard to watch your body grow and change, but I know it’s all for baby. Can’t wait to see Baby L on the ultrasound in a couple of weeks! -Katy
Try not to get freaked out by the numbers on your scale. At 17 weeks, baby’s working on getting stronger, and your body’s working on getting bigger. That means putting on some pounds and — we hate to break it to you — getting some stretch marks. Make sure you document your growing bump by taking lots of photos. Sure, you might not always feel so pretty, but one day you’re going to look back at pregnancy and reminisce (really — we promise). You’ll also want to start figuring out some plans, like whether or not you’re going to find out baby’s gender (you should be able to soon!), and what kind of childbirth class you’d like to take. As you start making these decisions, the pregnancy will feel even more real, which is probably super exciting, but part of you is probably feeling a little nervous. After all, you’re at week 17; that’s almost halfway there and there’s still a lot left to do. Chill! You’ll get it done. Just remember not to try to do it all yourself — ask for help!
- Her rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.
- And she’s growing some meat on those bones — putting on some fat.
- She’s growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord, too.