The Pregnancy Diaries: Week 17

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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.