17 Weeks & Counting

by tinysneakers

I still have a lot of catching up to do on pregnancy happenings so far, but if I don’t jump ahead and start some weekly updates, too much time will fly by and this won’t be much of a pregnancy journal.
I was initially against the traditional “I’m this many week pregnant and baby is this big and I feel like this” posts, but you know what? They’re my favorite ones to go back and read from other pregnant ladies. So I’m doing it. Smile
I am also against belly posts, but I’m caving on that one too, but only because you asked.

not 15 weeks pregnant16 weeks pregnant

I’m not really very good at keeping up with those though… {Oops- I just checked timestamps and I’m not as behind as I thought. Go me.}

What Baby’s Up To

At 5 inches and 5 ounces, baby can sweat, suck, hear, and pee. This week baby’s starting to form a hard skeleton.
baby at 17 weeks pregnant

How I’m Feeling

The nausea is lifting {knock on wood}. I’m slowly starting to feel more normal. How I feel now is more like how I thought early pregnancy would feel like- a little tired, but functional, and mostly ok with occasional spurts of nausea here and there.
Although I’m not bouncing off the walls or singing the praises of the second trimester quite yet, I’m definitely feeling better and not complaining at all.

How I’m Changing

Not much. Sometimes I have a noticeable belly, sometimes I don’t. I tend to wake up without much of one, and magically by bedtime it appears. My pants are starting to get a little tight and uncomfortable {especially straight out of the dryer}. I think my thighs will outgrown my pants before my belly does, but to be honest, I’m looking forward to needing maternity jeans. They look like the most comfortable things in the world.
The biggest change for me, since day one, is my skin. I am not a glowy-shiny-radiant pregnant person. My skin is an absolute disaster and there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about it. I’m still waiting for that rumored thick, luscious hair too.
16 weeks pregnant

Weight I’m Gaining

Or not gaining. My weight tends to fluctuate within a 4 pound range, but somehow at every midwife appointment, I’m exactly where I started. Apparently the official weigh in is the only one that counts. They’re not too worried yet, as everyone gains weight at a different rate and at different points in pregnancy, but they’re keeping an eye on it. If I’m measuring behind at my next ultrasound {3 weeks!}, I’ll have to schedule additional ultrasounds just to be safe.
Until then, I’m supposed to keep exercise to light walking and stretching, and to add some Ensure-like shakes to my diet every couple days. Dr’s orders to drink shakes? You got it. Please don’t throw stones at me.

What I’m Eating

I don’t have much of an appetite in terms of knowing what I want to eat, but my hunger level has returned to normal and I’m eating pretty much what I ate before I was pregnant. Hummus and coffee were my only food aversions during the first trimester, and thankfully they’ve disappeared.
My biggest problem is drinking enough fluid. I’ve never been a big drinker, and even the thought of drinking a glass of water makes me want to gag. The midwife said drink absolutely anything- soda, Crystal Light, whatever- something was better than nothing at this point.

How I’m Sleeping

Not so much. I go to bed exhausted and I wake up still sleepy. With the exception of multiple middle of the night bathroom runs {which isn’t much of a change from the  norm for me} I’m sleeping pretty comfortably. No aches and pains yet, and I’m still sleeping on my stomach. I have a feeling sleep is going to get much more difficult when I lose that option.
16 week baby belly picture

Bits & Pieces

As of this morning’s appointment, baby has a heartbeat in the 155-160 range and is moving all over the place. For the past week to week and a half I’ve been able to feel tiny baby flutters, which is by far the coolest feeling in the world. The husband is quite jealous that I get to feel them and he doesn’t, but I say after 3 months of constant nausea, I deserve a little reward. I can’t wait until he can feel the kicks from the outside though.

Random Thoughts

The first 16 weeks of pregnancy went by very sloooowly. Now that I’m at 17 weeks, I realize how close I am to 20 weeks, which is half way. I feel like the rest is going to fly by!

Random Fact

Drinking just one diet soda a day during pregnancy can increase your chances of preterm delivery.

Catching up on other pregnancy posts?
How I told the husband I was pregnant
The truth about morning sickness
First trimester in a flash
Why I decided to ditch my doctor
Hearing baby’s first heartbeat

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen August 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

You look great! I’m so glad the nausea is lifting. I’m sure your weight will eventually come on, too. Each pregnancy is just so different!

Will you find out the sex at the next ultrasound?

And I love that random fact. I’m so glad I stuck with regular coke to ease my nausea in the first trimester 🙂

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tinysneakers August 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

We CAN find out the sex…whether we will or not, I’m not sure yet!

I almost never drink soda but started too when I was having trouble getting fluids in- then I read that. Whooops! 😉

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Emily Malone August 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

Yay! I love weekly updates. 🙂 Sounds like everything is going well – I am so happy for you guys!

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tinysneakers August 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Thanks! I’ve loved reading your updates, especially now! I need to go back and re-read your earlier ones. 😉

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Amber August 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

You look great! I’m so excited that you are starting to feel fluttering!

Side note, I have never been this completely crestfallen that we live 2 hours apart. Really wish I could be there to watch all this unfold in person.

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tinysneakers August 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Reason #239,393,432 you need to move closer. 🙂 And come visit. Like every day.

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Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff August 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Exciting! Thanks for the update. And as for glowing, I thought you looked a bit more glowy at that wedding (even before we knew you were growing a human) and you’re getting more beautiful every day.

And just so you know, if baby is a girl, at 17 weeks you officially have a teeny tiny uterus growing inside of your usual one. But I’m sure you knew that little factoid already…

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tinysneakers August 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

A uterus inside a uterus? Isn’t nature cool? 😉

And I probably looked glowy because it was one of the very few times I actually did my make up haha.

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Kristen @ The Concrete Runner August 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

You look great! I was so worried about my weight gain in the beginning, but it all caught up to me after week 20! I was lucky enough not to have bad breakouts, but my skin has been extremely sensitive and dry throughout – and sorry, no luscious locks here either. Boo! Can’t wait to see your little bump grow!

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tinysneakers August 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

That makes me feel better! I figure our bodies know what to do best, but you never know!

All these things no one told me- that the nausea’s no joke and your not guaranteed gorgeous hair. Not fair. 😉

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Kelly August 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

You look great! I love your dress 🙂

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tinysneakers August 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Thanks! Tar-jay 😉

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Sana August 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I really love the weekly updates it’s super fun to follow along!

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Shanna, Like Banana August 24, 2011 at 10:16 am

I was very similar to you…flat in the AM and a little poochy at night. Oh and don’t get me started about my skin. I’m still dealing with it at 22+ weeks. argh!

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Vicky S. August 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh my gosh, I am 17 weeks too and haven’t gained any weight. I am actually down 4-6lbs depending on the day… but I do have a bump. I think it’s because I stopped working out the first three months and was vomiting all day… maybe I just lost all my muscle.

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Shayla @ The Good Life August 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I found your blog from a comment you left on Jen’s blog and I absolutely love it so far and am loving these updates. You look beautiful and glowing – though you may not be feeling it! We’re currently TTC and it’s difficult and frustrating for it to not happen instantly. Per Doc’s orders I gotta lessen the exercise…if you don’t mind me asking did you experience any troubles? I know each person is different but I’ve learned so much from all the other newly pregnant women here in the blogging community and the support is nice 🙂

Congrats and looking forward to following you along on this journey! 🙂

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tinysneakers August 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

Aw thank you! And yup, I did- it took us about a year to get pregnant. Cutting back on exercise played a big role. So did gaining some weight. It is super frustrating at times, but try not to let it consume you- although nothing anyone says will make it any easier. 😉 Feel free to email if you ever want to! rungirlrunn@gmail.com

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Meg @ Notes to Hunter August 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Similar to what everyone else said – you look fantastic! I remember those first few weeks of not really showing, except right before I went to bed. I couldn’t wait to have a noticeable belly! Which didn’t come until about 6 months though.
In regards to not wanting to drink water, what if you add ice to it? That’s the only way I could stomach water. Lots and lots of ice!

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Beth August 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

Cracked or shaved ice is a great idea! You feel like you’re eating more than drinking, but you can down a lot of water that way. Dehydration causes a host of systemic problems, right? Even ones that don’t seem connected at first. Also if you hate gulping, you can try what I had to do once — keep water nearby, and have one swallow every 15 minutes. You get in the habit, honest — it’s not as annoying as it sounds.

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Interesting fact about the diet soda! Glad I stayed away… though now I’m wondering if I should have one or two, as I’m quite anxious to have this baby at 39 weeks!

Anyways, you look fabulous and I highly recommend NOT waiting to buy maternity jeans. They are amazing and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back 😉

I hope after 20 weeks that the weeks start flying for you! Mine are creeeeeeeeping at this point.

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