By now, you are probably used to feeling random aches and pains all across your body. This should not cause you any concern as these are perfectly normal sensations. If you are lucky, you may even feel tiny flutters in your abdomen every once in a while. Try to concentrate on those and not so much on those other uncomfortable sensations.

What’s happening with you

week 17 of pregnancyIt does feel good to know that for the first time in your life you can pack on kilos and ask for a second helping of that kheer, without feeling guilty about it. Of course, don’t take this to mean that you have carte blanche with how much and what you eat! You still need to keep your meals wholesome and well-balanced. The only difference is that your weight gain will not alarm you this time.

Especially important is not to limit your calories at this time. Do not be overly concerned about gaining more weight than you should. There is no hard and fast rule about how much one should gain during pregnancy and it really boils down to how you feel at the end of the day. Most of this weight will be gone after your baby’s birth and the excess that you have to lose above that should be helped by breast-feeding. You might even have to be prepared for your foot size to increase by half a unit or so just to accommodate your increasing girth. So if you have been feeling a little clumsy of late, don’t worry, your body will adapt nicely to the change in the center of gravity!

What’s happening with your baby

With your baby’s organs and skin well formed, the next few weeks will see fat accumulate under the layers of skin for protection after birth. His fat stores may not be required now, but will become a necessity to keep the body warm once outside the mother’s body.

Your baby is busy thumb-sucking and practicing swallowing which will all come into play very soon. Finger and toe nail beds are beginning to sprout nails this week; fortunately it will be a while before you have to begin trimming them.

Another important development this week is the myelin sheath, which is a protective layer around the spinal column meant for protection throughout your little person’s life. Along with this, your baby’s rubbery skeleton is continuing to grow, all the while maintaining its flexibility in order to pass through the birth canal; all of this in a 5 inch package!

With your baby firmly anchored to the placenta and umbilical cord, you will begin to feel flutters that might have you confused with gas, but hang in there, before you know it, you would be able to tell exactly what your baby is doing in the utero!