Pregnancy week 17

Signs of pregnancy during week 17 of being pregnant - Everyone's bump is different; you may be quite big by now or hardly showing at all.

You may have noticed some changes in your breasts. Your nipples may have enlarged, and the skin around them (the areola) may darken. Your veins are more prominent because of the extra blood flow. Your increased blood supply to support the baby may cause nosebleeds.

If you haven't felt them already you may start to feel the first butterfly movements in the next few weeks. First time mums usually feel their babies around 18 to 20 weeks. Everyone's bump is different; you may be quite big by now or hardly showing at all. The most important thing is not to worry, and if something is bothering you, don't be afraid to ask your midwife.

Your baby

Your baby is now about the length of a pen and has her weight has doubled in the last two weeks. Your baby's cerebral cortex has started to mature and connections between the nerves and muscles are being established.

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Hi everyone i am 31 and this is my first preg
i felt my baby moved for the first time last week but last night my baby really moved i was shocked !! i jumped lol and now i can really feel it on my right side if i am in bed i wish my hubby could feel it i feel bad he cant caz H
by hockey 24th Oct 2011, 9:39am
hiya everyone im 17 weeks pregnant with my third baby. iwas happy just to have my 2 girls but then this pregnancy came as a big mum became really ill with bone and breast cancer so when i found out i was pregnant my mum was delighted and said that this baby had happened for a reason and that it would be a boy and last week we had a private gender scan and yes my mum was right we are exspecting a boy on the 1st off october but sadly we lost my mum 4 weeks ago but im sure she is watching over us. donna
by donnamarie 26th Apr 2011, 5:44pm
Hiya everyone...Im 15 weeks today! Feeling very sick and still being sick at least three times a day. Have been getting headaches and have not yet felt the baby move. I am a little worried as this is my third pregnancy. Anyone else felt there baby yet? Thanks..
by hayjen82 21st Feb 2011, 9:05am
Hi Ladies, Im apparently 17 weeks pregnant although I think i'm a little further gone!... but i guess i'll find out soon enough! I'm 25 and this is my 2nd child ( I have a son called Kai who is 5 now) My 1st pregnancy was amazing and went without problems but I only found out i was pregnant this time as I had an abnormal smear test and had to go for emergency treatment.. turns out I have precancerous and cancerous cells of the Cervix but nothing can be done until baby is born!!
I have had my 13 week scan and found out I was due to have twins but one had passed away :( but the one baby is healthy :). The doctors have found a placental band in the amneotic sack and all I am hearing are horror stories about them... can anyone help!!!??? Congratulations to all the mummies to be x x
by MummyJodie 15th Feb 2011, 5:27pm
Hi im 16 and im 17 weeks in 2 days time. Suffered from major bad morning sickness within first 3 months but everything starting to calm down now. I am eagerly waiting to feel my baby move, think I may have felt it but its very hard to tell as its very faint. I too have been experiencing very odd pains in my lower belly, but with all my family's support especially my mums i know its just the womb stretching. I am very excited to becoming a mum even tho im young. Im still with the dad and eveything is great :) will keep checking up on this site as it's fabb :) congrats everyone xx
by Gemandbaby 31st Jan 2011, 9:18am
hi i have also never written on one of these forums before im 17 weeks pregnant with my first baby and im 27 x
by ericaxx 27th Oct 2010, 9:32am
Hi I have never written on one of these forums before and am after some advice - Im 17 weeks pregnant with my second baby and am 29, I recently had my tripple test done and for my age my result cam out as 1-320 which I am quite alarmed at, I have not felt any movements from the baby yet. Also during my 13 wek scan the midwife started looking at the fluid on the back of the neck and went to get a second opinion - I am so worried and have 3 weeks to wait till my 20 week scan - has anyone had any similar experiences?
by Anon 13th Oct 2010, 11:59am
im 16week 3days pregnant with my 3rd child. when i went for my first scan at 14weeks 2days they could tell me that im having a boy. i already have 1 of each so im happy either way lol, i have a nice big bump and havnt suffered with morning sickness like i have done before, am really loving being pregnant againxx
by abbiewalker22 16th Sep 2010, 11:38am
hi im 17 weeks pregnant 2morow, i have lower abdomen pain quite alot now im getting bigger, alot of my friends have felt there babys at this point but i dont think i have is anybody else in the same boat? x
by j4321 13th Sep 2010, 9:53am
Hi...Im 17 weeks pregnant today! How exciting & what an amazing & wonderful experience it is :-) Im really anxious & nervous & overwhelmed! Im showing quite big already & my breasts too lol...but Im enjoying each minute, day by day & learning so much...Good Luck to you all! Enjoy it
by Cherrya23 2nd Sep 2010, 10:53am
Hi..this is 16 week 2 days pregnancy and i am feeling lot of pain in my lower abdomen and also back pain is there ...pls suggest
by ruhalsaab 12th Aug 2010, 10:37am
Currently I am facing a problem of headache pls give me suggestion
by parenta 12th Aug 2010, 9:42am
Hi everyone, im 17 weeks pregnant today with my first im 21, im not really showing yet and havn't felt the baby move so doesn't seem real to me atm..can't wait to feel the first movements and to have the 20 week scan to make sure everythink is ok. i heard the heartbeat for the first time the other day it was amazing.

If you haveng pains on the side i had them to and went to the doctors and they told me that it is just your womb stretching to make room for the baby but if your that worried then go talk to the midwife or doctors.
by dani21 12th Aug 2010, 9:17am
HI there im 17 weeks pregnant today with my first baby and have woken up today with signs of an actual bump (even though my partner says he still can't see it) - does anyone else feel in the inbetween stage where you just look like you have gain a few pounds rather than actually looking pregnant? I think I have about a week or two's worth of wear in my pre-pregnancy clothes then ill have to buy bigger sizes
by Norgi 12th Aug 2010, 9:11am
Hi Everyone , i joined this forum today .. i am 17 weeks pregnant and i didn't yet the gender of my baby , any body knows the gender during their 17 weekd preg the gender?
by Gie 12th Aug 2010, 9:09am
To all of you worrying about not feeling any movements at 17 weeks, don't worry! Even if you felt your first moving by this time it all depends on which way your placenta is lying and how much padding you have around your tummy! To the lady worried about not feeling movements but hearing a heart beat, please be reassured,if there is a heart beat everything should be fine.
by Strawberry123 11th Aug 2010, 5:37pm
hello everyone, I just joined this group.i'm 17 weeks pregnant with a big bump
by TOLUWANIMI 11th Jun 2010, 5:23pm
Hey, I`m 17 weeks and this is my first pregnancy. I`m worried as my belly is not really showing yet. Doest that mean that I will have a tiny newborn later on?????
by cinka1987 21st May 2010, 4:09pm
17 weeks today and still all my tablets (folic acid and iron) are making me feel even worse when im taking them shou;d i just carry on without them or not?
by catherinethomas 18th May 2010, 4:47pm
I'm 17wks and this is my first pregnancy, which we're soo excited. I have pain on my bottem left side and sometimes my ribs feel pain. Idk if my babys moving around underneath them around this time. Also i use to hold my pee for a little bit but now when i got to go i gotta go!! Lol well my bump is showing some and my breast have gotten a bit bigger, i have notice my nipples are showing big & dark. I'm soo excited to just feel my babys first movement, i think i have felt butterflys but it feels like i just got to go to the bathroom. At this month i do feel quit tired & lazy my feet sometimes hurt,but i still stay active of course not very lol, just to not be lazy! I love being pregnant at 21 going on 22 in July. I do get soo emotional sometimes, buut i still love every moment of life =]
by sweetstf2006 14th May 2010, 5:19pm
I am 17 weeks pregnant, but last 2 weeks i feel some pain on my buttock in the right side personally when i want to walk
by nahid 14th May 2010, 5:05pm
i am 17 weeks pregnant and havnt felt any movements, im a little worried as i felt my first child at 16 weeks. i bought a heart monitor so i can have a listen every night and everything seems fine. cant help but worry :(
by gem1987 14th May 2010, 3:57pm
I got my h1n1 shot at 10 weeks, I felt i should get it due to alot of people around me get sick alot, and don't always like to cover thir mouth or nose. I didn't feel any pain from it what so ever and feel great. Even through morning sickness, I had nausea but didn't throw up or nothing and felt better once I ate. I am 16 weeks and 1 day prego now and this is my 1st prego experience and starting to feel little movements now. Im not quiete sure what they feel like but I was told it was like gas or butterflys and tonite I felt the first movement and its very exiting. But don't feel you shouldn't get the shot as I was nervous at 1st and after I got it I feel better now that I did. Not only for my safety but for the little one inside me.
by Sweetums 15th Jan 2010, 4:26pm
I got my swine flu jab at 8wks because i work in the nhs and was a hi risk category, my pregnancy is going well although i do have some cramping and stitch type pains mainly in my left side, think its just stretching ligaments though
by wilson2209 11th Jan 2010, 3:10pm
i am exactly the same i am 17 weeks tmoz and i am hardly showing, am not sure if i have noticed a difference in my breats either sounds mad but i am small chested! i feel alot better now no mornig sickness just major migraines. i have felt all kinds in my tummy but am not sure what these flutters are meant to feel like.
by sian4mark 5th Jan 2010, 3:54pm
I am 17 weeks pregnant and decided a number of weeks ago that im not touching the swine flu jab! i wish i never heard about the bloody thing! the way i see it is how many people die a year with the normal seasonal flu? the only reason swine flu seems so bad is because its constantly on the news!

My midwife told me that its when your 30 weeks onwards that it should seriously b considered! so really any of us around the 17 wks at the mo dnt need 2 panic because by the time we are 30 wks itll march-ish so flu tends to die down a bit (pun not intended!) lol
by xemmahartx 5th Jan 2010, 3:47pm
oh im showing alright. god i think im really big but my friends dont lol. this is my first. dot get me wrong i dont care how big i am lol.. roll on the bump lol. but yea to those who worry inbetween scans i would advise or reccomend buying a Doppler, i got one second hand on ebay and i swear its the best thing i bought. even had a listne to baby this morning before work and it settled me as i didnt have a listen since xmas day. so it has DEF helped me not to worry which can only be a good thing! :)
by Roxy999 5th Jan 2010, 3:40pm
I'm 17 weeks tomorrow and not showing too much, just looks like i had a large lunch! I was feeling fluttering at night last week, but this week i havn't felt anything, which worries me, next scan is not for several weeks, would be nice to see that it's all ok.Was being sick every morning from week 3 until now, it seems to be slowing down now, only every few days.
by MuppetLou 30th Dec 2009, 9:56am
Hi guys,

I am 17 weeks 2days pregnant and this is my first baby.
So excited to join the forum and see all the helpful comments.
I have started to show and been having pains below my abdomen. Right now am concerned as now I have a sharp pain on my upper right side. Its mostly in the morning when I wake up and when I sit for long. Anyone experienced this at all?
by Wangeci 23rd Dec 2009, 9:28am
Hi Collette,

It's probably the mercury-based component (thiomersal) that some versions of the jab contains - it's used as a preservative. Some people are concerned that it MAY be linked to autism BUT the pharmacists and GPs that I work with explained to me that in America, when they removed mercury from some vaccines given to pregnant women and children, there was absolutely NO drop in the number of children showing signs of autism, and that if mercury had been causing any of the cases, you would have seen a drop after it was removed from the jabs. Also, you will also have some mercury in your system if you eat food such as tuna fish, and yet nobody links tuna fish to autism, and there's only an absolutely tiny amount in the jab. Personally, I think it's one of those media-led panics that you should probably not take any notice of. Hope this puts your mind at rest! :) this link may help

P.S. - I'm 17 +2 with my first baby, and I came down with swine flu a couple of weeks ago - it completely knocked me out, but I'm fighting fit now, and the midwife confirmed a strong foetal heartbeat yesterday. I had been worried that I might have harmed my baby as I took the advice that pregnant women should not take any medication if they can help it, and had had a high temperature for 3 days before I was told that a high temperature can be really dangerous for baby - so PLEASE, if you are ill with a high temperature, take your PARACETAMOL - it lowers your fever and is safe. I feel bad that I risked my babies health, thinking I was doing the right thing, when in actual fact I was doing the complete opposite. ALL OTHER PAIN KILLERS ARE A COMPLETE NO NO THOUGH!!. Only paracetamol is safe xx
by TabithaBean 30th Nov 2009, 10:13am
i had my swine flu jag last week but i am worried about it now after hearing on the news that lots of pregnant women have been refusing it because of some chemical in it. what is this chemical & what r the dangers of it? does anyone know? would b greatful if someone could tell me. im 17 wks & think ive felt my baby move but im not sure if it was just a bit wind or something!
by collette30 26th Nov 2009, 9:29am
Hi everyone!!! good 17wks and 4days kids have gotten the flu shot and the H1N1 shot..My husband is going to get the same thing..But my doc wants me to get it..i talked to my kids nurse from school and she said that the kids are protected from the Virus but the bad thing is that they could still bring it home and give me the H1N1 virus..So im going to get the H1N1 shot but with no mercury in was a hard decision to make because i have never been pregnant in the winter first time..Oh i have had the flu shot..i just dont want anything to happen..good luck everyone!!!
by Beth3248 13th Nov 2009, 2:03pm
Hi everyone, I am 17+2 days pregnant and I got a call last week from my GPs asking me if I wanted a swine flu jab. I categoricaly said NO because it's been around only 5 minutes and THEY DON'T KNOW YET how will it affect any unborn babies. My baby can't decide for himself so I made the decision not have it done. I remember in 60-s or around that time they gave pregnant woman a medication for something and all of them had something wrong with their babies. I am not saying that the decision I made would be right for everybody but it's the right decision for me and my baby. The rest is in God's hands as they say. Good luck to all new mums to
by Klaudija 11th Nov 2009, 9:14am
hi lambert, im having the swine flu jab in a few weeks i think its best 2, a close friend of mine is 17 weeks also and is seriously ill through getting swine flu and being pregnant she in a critical state. i am a little worried about it but feel if there is a side effect 2 it, it would be better than getting swine flu and am sure they would have tested it on pregnant women.x.
by leannejayden09 10th Nov 2009, 1:10pm
Hi, i'am 17wks thie is my 1st pregnancy at 37. Is anyone having the swine flu jab or has had it already?
by lambert 9th Nov 2009, 10:19am
Hi Sam1972 - I too am expecting fraternal twins at 34, 1st pregnancy am 17+1 today. I too feel massive and although had early flutters I haven't had anything for 2 weeks although all is well, one of the placenta's is in the way I think. My lower back is killing me, fine when I'm sitting but that initial getting up and first few steps are agony. Keep in touch xxx
by Swaza 6th Oct 2009, 12:03pm
Hi, I'm 17 weeks pregnant on Thursday. Really nervous and excited at the same time. We are having fraternal twins and this is my 1st pregnancy at 36. Gonna get a double wammy. I feel really huge and I can feel the fluttering now. Back hurts if I stop moving. Sleeping at night is not too bad yet. If anyone got any tips on twins would love to hear from you. All the best to you all xx
by sam1972 9th Sep 2009, 10:38am
i'm the same as you, will be 18wks on friday. im due on new years day. i keep thinking that i feel the baby move too but it happens so quickly i dont have time to tell whether or not it was!
by dewdrop 31st Jul 2009, 2:18pm
Hi guys I'm 17 wks pregnant too - 18 wk on Friday and this is my first. I'm 30 .Am soooooo happy after all these years its finally happened but soooo worried that something is going to go wrong. I'm a bit fatter - my clothes aren't doing up any more, but not much of a round bump and not sure if I'm feeling the baby or not - when I lie down I get this feeling like you get just before your tummy rumbles, and it seems to move slightly - anyone else feel anything like that?
by abbysimons 9th Jul 2009, 8:59am
i have been feeling the baby move. but my dr sed if u dnt feel the baby there is noting to worry about
by monique1sttimemom 1st Jun 2009, 9:07am
i would suggest sitting with a pillow behind your back so it is arched, this works for me, don't slouch forward this makes it worse, good look.
by jobo21 13th May 2009, 9:36am
hi, am 17weeks pregnant am just showing slightly now, had terrible first trimester, sickness all day everyday! now am experiencing awful back pain, can any1 help me???
by maguires2009 11th May 2009, 11:37am
yes i get discharge as well it very comon i got told but it is anoying lol
by kezbby 13th Mar 2009, 9:20am
It is normal to have the brown discharge during your pregnancy... I had it at the beginning of my pregnancy and i went to the emergency room cus i was freaked out and the doctor said it was normal. So dont worry... You would know if you were having a miscarriage, it is very painful atleast for me it was but this baby is completely healthy this time...
by hwynne0218 9th Mar 2009, 9:25am
hiya i am 17 weeks pregnant is anyone else experiencing some light brown discharge both my scan show baby ok but cant stop worrying xxxx
by naka67 5th Mar 2009, 9:16am
hiiiiiiiii i m 17 weeks pregnent i want to know that during my pregnency i m so mentaly tense becz of my social problem so is there any bed effect on my baby's mentol helth?
by trupti 2nd Mar 2009, 9:24am
Hi I am 17 weeks pregnant now and this is my first baby. My first trimester wasn't so bad, I felt mostly nauseous and tired. Now I am feeling a lot better. I can stay awake throughout the day!!! Yay. Last few nights I've been having trouble sleeping, just can't get comfortable, my hips hurt and I wake up with the back pain. I find that my yoga excercises help with the back pain a lot. Also, last night I tried using my body pillow to support my back only and as my bump is still not that big I didn't use the pillow between my legs. That seemed to have helped a bit with my hips pain as I presume I wasn't stretching my hips further apart than what they needed to be yet. Hope this helps someone. Congratulations to you all.
by DiTbaby 17th Feb 2009, 9:42am
Hello. This is my first pregnany and I am finding it alot harder than i imagined. I am over the worst sickness now and just feel bad when i am hungry. I have been getting Sciatica which is very painful and been rather emotinal. I do not have a bump yet, but i have definatly put on weight! I have felt the odd flutter which i hope is the baby and not just wishful thinking. I heard the heart beat at my Midwife appointment last week - it was amazing. i can't wait to be a Mum. However and am scared too. Congratu;ations to everyone, we are nearly half way!! XX
by Nettie74 4th Feb 2009, 8:47am
I am on my fourth pregnancy. The early weeks were the worst I have ever had. I had terrible sickness however, from week 12 the sickness stopped. Im looking fresh faced and healthy. I have quite a large bump for 17 weeks. I have learned that you should listen to your body, if you are tired....take a nap, if your straight away. Pushing your body to the limits during pregnancy is exhausting and can make you feel ill again. Pregnancy is a wonderful experience and should be enjoyed.
by tirion1979 2nd Feb 2009, 10:43am
I am 17 weeks with my first and felt those first flutters last week! There is no mistaking that its your baby-amazing! :)
by hayleylou82 19th Jan 2009, 9:50am
I'm 17 weeks today and suffering from really bad headaches! Apparently pregnant women can get them until 20 weeks due to the hormone change. Quite lucky really as I've had no sickness or anything. Started getting a bit of a bump that seems to get bigger as the days goes by! Luckily not put any weight on anywhere else yet so fingers crossed. Started swimming last week, trying to go twice a week, feel great afterwards would defiantly recommend. I haven't felt any movements yet but on the scan it was all over the place! Good luck and congratulations to you all.
by EJF 13th Jan 2009, 9:17am
I am nearly 17 weeks, and everyone thinks I am further, my bump is pretty big, I got scared I was carrying twins even though I wasn't lol, midwife just said its cause I am small height wise and quite skinny so it shows more, xD I am quite glad you can tell I am pregnant though, stops me from telling them the reasons I can't drink at xmas :P
by VickiDoodDah 5th Jan 2009, 9:18am
Hello, I am 17 weeks pregnant too, and been told i don't have much of a bump. Got worried so asked my midwife, she said not to worry as she said i would not really show till 20-24 weeks! Seems ages away. I am not sure if i have felt anything as don't know what i am meant to be feeling. All new to me as this is my 1st.
by fouracres 19th Dec 2008, 10:04am
Hi my name is zuly and I'm 17 weeks along in my pregnancy and my belly is pretty big for 17 weeks I here it all the time that pepole think my belly is huge you can definitely tell im pregnant how ever the father is a twin and the fathers mother is a twin so yes im a little scared but i cant wait for my ultra sound the day after Christmas and I also im worried because I cant really feel my baby move sometimes I think I feel something but im not 100% sure its was the baby sometimes it really feels like the baby butIm not sure I havent had a real kick or A for sure movement that i can definitely tell is the baby and im scared this is my 2nd I should be able to tell sometimes i worry be every time I've been to the doctors every thing has been fine so I guess im just waiting tell feel a real kick
by jovi 16th Dec 2008, 9:03am
Hi I'm 17 weeks now pregnant with my 2nd. I too worry if all if ok, I haven't really felt the fluttering. Sometimes I think i can other times nothing, I also have a big bump. I too can't wait to feel definite movement. Just want all to be well. Before my little girl, I had four miscarriages and cant stop worrying. It it normal?
by KiKi1 15th Dec 2008, 8:54am
im 17 weeks too and my bump is huge lol. most people realise im pregnant. this is my first baby and me and my partner are so happy. i am not sure if i have felt movement yet as dont know what to expect lol. what does it feel like in detail please? a bublling sensation dont help lol. i felt that early in pregnancy and know it was not movement lol. i just want to feel my baby move and know everything is ok
joanne xx
by joanne1988 3rd Dec 2008, 8:01am
I have quite a large bump for 17 weeks. I have felt terrible somedays (like today) i had sickness all day everyday till 13 weeks. Now and again i get sickness like last night.

I do love having the bump and have felt feelings inside only Friday which is weird but lovely.
by Richardson 26th Nov 2008, 9:11am
I Ryan22 i am the same! sometimes i sooo don't FEEL prgenant that it scares there is maybe somethinguess it is nornal mummuy to be thing! this monring i felt the baby mooving few times and start now to have no doubts it is the baby!!!not showing very very much yet...
by CeliDa2009 11th Nov 2008, 9:50am
I know how you feel Ryan22! I'm just over 16 wks with my 2nd child and I can't wait for the kicking to start as I think then i can reassure myself that all is wel if you know what i mean ?? I have started a bump but as i'm not a skinny rake to start with people are unsure although starting to guess that i am indeed pregnant. Husbands/partners do not understand and mine just says all is fine and that i'll soon wish the kicking would ease up a little. i'm not a paranoid young girl but i still have the constant fear of something going wrong. please tell me we all have that and its just a mother thing ? thanks ladies, Mandi x
by mandi74 27th Oct 2008, 10:03am
Aside from the bump, sometimes I dont feel pregnant
by ryan22 10th Oct 2008, 9:07am
Everyone is telling me how big I look for 17 weeks, starting to feel a bit paranoid!!
by Hannah100 22nd May 2008, 9:03am
I felt it alot last week but hardly at all in last few days is this normal?
by BelindaM 7th May 2008, 8:55am