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You are entering an exciting stage as you might feel your baby’s first kicks around week 16. Your baby belly is showing much more than the last few weeks. The second trimester will provide loads of energy. Make use of it. Indulge in a healthy lifestyle and embrace your body. Keep a check on your weight gain but don’t forget to enjoy your pregnancy as well.

Week 16 – Pregnancy Development, Symptoms, and More

You are entering an exciting stage as you might feel your baby’s first kicks around week 16. Your baby belly is showing much more than the last few weeks. The second trimester will provide loads of energy. Make use of it. Indulge in a healthy lifestyle and embrace your body. Keep a check on your weight gain but don’t forget to enjoy your pregnancy as well.

Also, if you have your prenatal visit this week, don’t forget to ask your doctor if the positioning of the baby is right to check for the gender of the baby.

How many months are 16 weeks?

At 16th week, you are in your fourth month of pregnancy. You are just 4 more weeks away from being halfway through your pregnancy journey. How quickly is the time going… Enjoy it! Embrace it. Just 5 months or 24 weeks to go.

Baby development

The baby is growing smarter as the pregnancy progresses. The organs are working on full load and at an advanced stage. Practicing for the debut in the world outside the womb. Smarty little pants is learning new tricks of survival and may leave you speechless with its first kick. Trust me, it will be an amazing, joyful, and thrilling experience every time you feel the baby’s kicks. The little one knows well how to put a smile on your face.

How big is the baby at week 16?

Week 16 pregnant

At 16th week your baby is as big as an avocado. The baby measures 4-5 inches long and weighs around 3.5 ounces. The head-to-body ratio is improving as well, as the legs are growing longer than the hands.

Baby can sense light

Around this time, the eyes of the baby are developed enough to move side to side and also sense light. Although, the eyelids are still wide shut if you put a flashlight on your belly the baby is most likely to sense that light and warmth.

Making faces already! 

The facial features of the baby are very distinct now. With everything at its right and permanent spot, the baby progresses to developing facial muscle. These facial muscles help your baby make silly faces like frowning and squinting.

The baby can hear you

You must have heard that talking to your baby in the womb soothes your baby. Perhaps, it’s true. As early as 16 weeks, the baby has developed ear bones which helps the baby is listening to your voice. Talking to your baby in the womb can be a fun bonding experience for both of you.

Head is taking shape

Finally, the head of the baby is taking a more human-like erect shape from being angled forward. The back of the baby is gaining strength which enables the baby to lift and straighten the head and the neck.

The baby is also growing hair, eyebrows, eyelashes. The taste buds in the mouth are also forming which means that soon your baby will be able to taste the food you eat.

Your belly at week 16

Your belly looks and feels bigger than the last week. The baby is big enough to make you feel its presence in your belly. Pay close attention to baby kicks this week. You might experience one. It may feel like a twitch or gas but as your baby grows the kicks will become prominent.

Moisturize your belly regularly to minimize the severity of stretch marks you may get as your belly stretches to accommodate your growing baby. Keeping yourself hydrated is also important as it maintains elasticity in your skin.

Your belly will continue to get bigger until it’s the size of a watermelon at least. Embrace the changes in your body. You are growing a miracle inside your belly. Pamper yourself and be body confident. Eat healthy most of the time and exercise 3-4 times a week to maintain a healthy pregnancy. Taking care of yourself in your pregnancy will pay you even after the birth of your baby.

Pregnancy Symptoms

You might be feeling either pretty good or weird about yourself. Pregnancy hormones affect differently and that’s why every pregnancy is different. While some women enjoy big boobs, strong nails, glowing skin, and glossy hair. Others may be fed up with bigger boobs, skin pigmentation, acne, overall hair growth, and random dark lines and patches appearing from nowhere.

A few more of the symptoms you might come across this week are:

Nasal Congestion

A return of the first-trimester symptom is expected. The pregnancy hormones cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell. The increased blood flow also contributes to nasal congestions and nosebleeds. This symptom will probably linger till the very end of your pregnancy.

To ease the congestion, try using a saline spray. Setting up a humidifier in your room will help in dogging the dryness in your nose overnight. If the congestion gets worse, be sure to talk to your doctor.

Backaches

The growing uterus is beginning to put pressure on your back. The backbone has to balance an extra weight of the baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, and your increasing weight. Prenatal stretches and exercise will help a top in minimizing the backache and also give you a boost of energy.

Pregnancy brain

The baby has started to mess with your head and will continue to do so for the next 8-10 years. Pregnancy brains and mommy brains are real things. Amazingly, nobody knows for sure what exactly causes this symptom. Some experts say it’s because of some biological changes while others argue it might be because you have so much on your mind already which results in mind fog.

To improve mind fog, break down large tasks into smaller ones. Focus on one thing at a time. Write it down so that it doesn’t slip off your mind. Download our free to-do listers for your assistance.

Heartburn

Many women experience heartburn. Spicy and greasy food or if you eat too much at a single sitting is most likely to cause heartburn. Also, be attentive to foods that might be causing you heartburn and the foods you should avoid during pregnancy.

Constipation

The hormones slow down the digestion process which is good for your baby as the food is digested slowly which means that more nutrients are absorbed. The baby gets all the nutrients through the bloodstream. Yay! But you get constipated. Eat foods that are rich in fiber and drink lots of water. If constipation gets painful, speak to your doctor to get some medication.

No matter what your symptoms are, it’s extremely important to keep a positive mindset and not let anything affect you negatively.

Things to do this week

  1. Check if you have a 16-week prenatal appointment and schedule your 20-week appointment
  2. Exercise 3-4 times a week
  3. Work on your baby registry
  4. Check if you have to get any blood work done for gestational diabetes
  5. Schedule your mid-pregnancy ultrasound
  6. Invest time in self-care

When to call a doctor

The risk of miscarriage drops significantly in the second trimester. Still, it is important to take good care of yourself and alert the doctor, if your experience:

  1. Abnormal bleeding with severe pelvic cramps
  2. Vaginal discharge which is a foul odor, ill-colored (yellow, green, or brown) and accompanied by a rash
  3. Severe swelling in your hands and feet
  4. Pelvic cramps that last more than 12 hours.
  5. Vomiting or nausea more than 2-3 times a day.

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