The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 17


17 weeks pregnant! Creeping ever closer to the halfway point (a huge marker in my mind!)


What’s going on with the baby


At 17 weeks the baby is busy growing it’s unique fingerprints. It’s hearing is improving all the time and is busy developing fat and muscle to really be able to make you feel those kicks in the coming weeks. Everything is all in proportion now and it’s face is looking far more baby-like, with eyes in the right place, and eyebrows and eyelashes having developed.


What’s going on with me?


Sadly the constant nausea has returned this week, although thankfully the instances of actually being sick have still been fairly few. I’m so glad to have had John around this week to help with Max as it really does make life so much easier and stop the sickness from escalating. There’s no doubt in my mind that being tired makes the sickness so much worse.

My tummy is definitely expanding – I can tell, because it’s itchy all the time from the skin stretching. I’ve been slathering on Palmers Cocoa Butter every morning to try to prevent more stretch marks, but what will be will be – last time they all appeared on the way back down rather than the stretching out!

I’ve also been starting to think about how we tell Max he’s going to be a big brother. We didn’t want to tell him too early on as it’s such a long time for a two year old to wait, but I would like to give him enough time to prepare him as much as we can for what’s about to hit us as a family! I think after the 20 week scan we’ll tell him, but he can be quite a sensitive chap, so I do want to consider the best way to let him know. Do you have any tips for me? I’d love to hear them!

We’ve also been discussing whether we’ll find out if we’re having a boy or a girl at our anomaly scan. I’m definitely in the Yes camp – I feel it’s one of the few things that you can find out about your baby and helps add to the excitement. To me, it’s the same surprise whether you find out at a scan or at the birth – if you can find out sooner, I’m all for it!  And I think it would help Max to process a new baby more if we can refer to it as a brother or a sister. But John has more patience than me, and would lean towards not finding out. I’m sure we’ll be discussing it over the next few weeks – watch this space!



You can read my 16 week pregnancy update here.


  • Elsie Pop
    January 6, 2017

    Find out find out find out! I need to know what colour yarn to buy! xx

  • Jenny Bell
    January 6, 2017

    Ah so excited for you both but I’m sorry to hear that you are still so sick 🙁 that must be so tiring. You are a trooper Katy xxx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 6, 2017

      Thanks Jenny, it’ll all be worth it in the end! I’m not sure you could call me a trooper really, the amount I moan about it!

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    January 6, 2017

    I can’t believe you are close to the half way stage, definitely a real milestone. I am in the ‘yes’ camp to finding out and thankfully Andy was too. My only advice is if you don’t find out and also don’t tell Max until after the scan. And then Max’s response is ‘I want a boy’ or ‘I want a girl’. You don’t have the option to prepare him and get him used to what it is. If that makes sense. Whereas if you know it’s a boy and he says ‘I want a girl’, you have time to get him used to it not being a girl. Anyway I am just rambling now, but hopefully you get my point. xx Oh and another thing, I used Clarins oil day and night which really helped with the itching and I had no stretch marks, but to be honest I think that comes down to genes! x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      January 10, 2017

      That definitely makes sense to me – he can be very stubborn about what he wants! The Clarins oil sounds lovely, might invest in some of that as a treat.

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