17 Weeks: The Shelf

March 25, 2012

17 weeks (1)

I’m continuing to grow and grow, and my appetite goes from nonexistent to ravenous day by day. It’s so unpredictable!

One thing I’ve noticed is that I’m starting to get a shelf on my bump. There’s a little hollow part between my ribs that is still the same parallel that it used to be pre-pregnancy, but my bump is starting to curve out from the top and I can imagine how it will be a few months from now when I have THE shelf to sit bowls of oatmeal upon : )

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Every morning when I wake up, I spent a few minutes poking around and seeing how things have changed during the night. And they always do seem to change! Sometimes it’s probably just my dinner water weight settling, but I swear that my uterus is also growing at record speed these days.

At my latest doctor’s appointment, I asked my doctor to show me exactly where my uterus was. I felt like it was getting really close [a few inches] from my belly button, but that seemed to be a bit higher than one would expect at 16.5 weeks during the appointment. But she confirmed that my guess was correct, and today, the top is just under my belly button. I have a very short torso, so I think that’s why it’s crept up faster on me than a really tall woman’s might.


Larbs is quite a few inches taller than I am, but her height is all torso! Our hipbones are nearly the same height.


Matt says my stomach feels like a big balloon! It’s weird that you just can’t imagine what it will feel like to have this big organ growing out and up like this until it happens. It’s hard like a muscle (with a little mush on top 🙂 ).

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I still can’t feel the baby on demand, but I can feel him when I lie completely still when he’s the only thing moving in a room of stillness. When I’m moving or not concentrating, it’s kind of like trying to feel an earthquake while you’re on a rollercoaster, but in stillness, the slightest movements are detectable. It still feels like a wiggling mouse! I have felt what I think are a few light taps this week, but nothing I’d describe as a kick. I think I have a few more weeks to go before those start.

Now that I’m feeling much better and springtime is here, I can’t help but think of January + February as “The Dark Ages.” Days of darkness, coldness, nausea, gross foods, and just the blahs. I think it was actually a great time for the first trimester! Get it all over at once. I am SO glad to be moving onwards in the second tri and into this beautiful spring!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sarah (the SHU box) March 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

i never had a shelf until the baby dropped a couple of weeks ago 🙂 [good for the lungs + stomach . . . bad for the bladder!] i just felt like my whole upper abdomen was puffed out — guessing that other organs were pushed up as the uterus grew in.


2 Anna @ Laughter in Love March 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

The first signs of movement are so exciting! It’s hard to tell if it’s actually movement you are feeling at first but a co-worker of mine described it perfectly..it feels like a vibrating phone! In a few weeks you’ll be able to see your belly bouncing when the little one kicks, and it is the most amazing feeling in the world! Congratulations!


3 KERF March 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

Vibrating phone… Why didn’t I think of that! I compared it to an electric toothbrush 🙂


4 Wendy March 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

I really love this blog, Kath! You do a really great job of conveying your fascination and wonderment of pregnancy. It’s neat to read and reminisce, having had my own two babies over 5 years ago. 🙂

I’m very tall with a long torso, and, at least with the first, I never looked as pregnant as I was. I even had a lady at church ask me if my baby was standing straight up, and I think she was! One of my cousins is even taller than me, and she barely had any belly at all when she was pregnant last year, but had a perfectly healthy, normal size baby. It’s amazing how different our bodies and pregnancies are.

I went through first trimester with my first in July/August, and it was miserable. For the next couple of years, just the feel of hot, humid weather would make me vaguely queasy!


5 Runmarun March 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

You are glowing! I was preggo in January too and was a lot like you- I was so cold all the time! Enjoy the second tri- I miss being pregnant!!!


6 MaryBe March 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

Love the blossoms in that last photo. And you look great in that color blue!
That’s funny about you and your sister. I have a long torso and short legs, so even though I’m only 5’2 I always look like an amazon sitting down in pictures! I think that’s the French in me but I don’t know why I think that ha


7 Terry Gross March 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

Boy, that Larbs is gorgeous!


8 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

It’s nice that you can refer to the baby as “him” in this post…knowing the gender is fabulous!

And I’m digging that teal shirt, vneck & lightly burnt-out. Maternity or not, super cute style and aqua/teal/turquoise are fave colors of mine!


9 Jennifer March 25, 2012 at 11:25 am

You can really see a difference this week even in comparison to last week.

I still think you look great! You’ll definitely be able to start feeling him poking at you soon. 🙂


10 Erin Motz March 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

That blue looks so beautiful on you! 🙂


11 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

You look SO good in blue and you have got a definite baby bump now!


12 Angel7 March 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Your bump is not nearly as big as mine 🙂

I love those trees–the one that you have pictured!!! We have seen a lot of them around, and they look absolutely beautiful!



13 KERF March 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Awww send me a photo of yours!! Is this #1 for you?


14 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Yep, you are a growing. Cute, cute, cute!!


15 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles March 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

It changes so much day by day- I have a whole lot of room to carry my little one so most people (even the ones that know me very well) have a hard time telling I’m almost 1/2 way there! My husband, sister, mom, and best friend think it’s undeniable but everyone else can’t really tell. ….I’m starting my pregnancy posts soon and we’ll have to compare tummys!


16 Allison k March 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I have long legs too…they are the same length as my dads..and he is six feet tall! That diagram of the uterus is interesting…I am looking forward to 40 weeks and the baby is no longer in my ribs. Damn short torso!


17 Brie @ Brie Fit March 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I hear you about the dark days. February was THE PITS.


18 Nicole @ Spin Eat Run March 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

You look beautiful!!


19 KERF March 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank you 🙂


20 Amanda Cowan March 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I have 5 inches between my bottom rib and my hip bones.. I think the average is something like 2.5 inches or something. But I think that has a lot to do with when your bump starts appearing.. Yours is looking lovely though!


21 KERF March 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Geez, just measured and I’m guessing I’m 2-3″. You have a nice long torso!


22 Lisa Langenfeld March 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Kath – you are absolutely beautiful! You are growing and ‘glowing’ more and more each week! I have such baby fever after reading Baby Kerf. My husband and I are planning on starting a family this fall and I can’t wait! I’m so excited to be a mom 🙂 Love all your posts!


23 KERF March 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Thanks Lisa 🙂


24 catherine March 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm


I saw some posts on your site the other day (not sure if this site or KERF) about eating placenta, and I wanted to pass along this New York Times blog from today that offers an interesting (albiet anecdotal) perspective on the potential downsides of this practice. Apparently the idea of grinding it and putting it into pills is not regulated.



25 KERF March 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Very interesting!! I wonder if she had a reaction to the herbs or even the pill casing? I have a hard time believing it was the placenta itself. But maybe she didn’t need the hormones and it was an overdose of them like a crazy PMS? Very strange. Thanks for sharing.


26 Kimberly March 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Interesting! I’ve heard from some sources that it doesn’t really do much either way if you eat encapsulated because everything is denatured by the process used to do it. But I’ve never heard of anyone actually having a bad reaction.


27 Lou March 26, 2012 at 2:57 am

I have a super long torso… even at 25 weeks I was barely showing, just “thick” you know? Also I carried really low the whole way through, and thought I was just having a small baby… I was pretty surprised when my little dude came out at almost 9 pounds! I think the length in my torso helped hide him a LOT 🙂 You’re looking great!


28 Cailin March 26, 2012 at 5:38 am

You look great! isn’t the second tri the best!?

I have a LNG torso (but short legs ) and it took me a really long time to show with #1. With both pregnancies I never had that enormous stick out belly – but it seemed like I really gained weight all over.

I am jealous your nauseated part is over – I am just in the thick of it, with two kids ages 3 and under and a full time teaching job- not sure how I am going to survive the next weeks of this feeling! Did the unison make you sleepy? I got a new prenatal with B6 and ginger in it (low iron). Dr. Also prescribed me Zofran (which I did take with the last pregnancy ) just cannot remember how much it helped (oh and that caused a different issue!). I am going to fill that prescription today….


29 KERF March 26, 2012 at 6:41 am

Ask your doctor about unisom + b6. It took 90% of my nausea away


30 Irene March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

You look great! I’m almost 2 weeks ahead of you and I look HUGE in comaprison. You will have a cute little basketball here soon I bet. 🙂


31 KERF March 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’m loving the increase in growth rate lately! I hope it comes up and out soon!


32 Irene March 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

I have to say that this is the best time in pregnancy for me. This is my first and I’m loving it….besides the minor back pain. I can’t wait for my bump to get a little bit bigger.


33 Jeanette March 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love your shirt in the first couple of pics. So summery!


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