When you are 16 weeks pregnant, your baby is getting stronger and is in constant movement. Small kicks or something similar to gas bubbles or a muscle twitch may very well be your baby saying hello.
The risk of miscarriage is low now, and if you are still worrying – stop, and start enjoying your pregnancy instead. You can find miscarriage statistics week by week here.
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Your Baby’s Development
The fetal age of your baby is now 14 weeks. It’s growing time! When you are 16 weeks pregnant your baby will begin to increase in size dramatically. Right now, your little one is about the size of a big avocado, approximately 4.5 inches long (11.5 cm) and 3.5 ounces (100 gram).
With all this growing, your little one may be getting a little snugger inside of you and if you haven’t felt any movement yet, you will shortly.
Thumb sucking can be seen if you have an ultrasound during this week, and as the bones harden, those kicks will get stronger and stronger.
The facial muscles are working overtime and it is possible to distinguish expressions now such as frowning, squinting or even smiling from right within your womb.
The baby’s heart is beating at a rate of anywhere from 117 to 157 beats per minute and if you are still trying to guess your baby’s gender, there’s an old wives tale that the heart rate is a predictor of that.
Want to guess? Well, according to hearsay, a fetal heart rate consistently over 140 beats per minutes means that it is a girl and if below 140 it is a boy. So now you know 😉
If you have decided NOT to check your baby’s gender – or you have already found out – then it can be time to start creating your baby registry! Wow, already!? Yes, why not? It is fun, and you can let it slowly evolve over time.
The pattern of hair on the scalp is forming and may be visible and although you can’t see them yet, there are tiny little toenails on those baby feet that kick you each day. You may need to even cut them shortly after birth if they are too long by that time.
Many unattractive side effects of pregnancy can include bleeding gums, loss of hair, nosebleeds and cramping, if it is any help; at least you are not alone in your pregnancy struggles. Many other women experience some, if not all of these side effects sometime during their pregnancy.
During this week, you may feel the baby move, but if this is your first pregnancy, you may not recognize the movements until around 18 or 20 weeks.
It can take some time to realize exactly what is going on inside of you, but once you feel that first kick, you are sure to remember it!
Don’t forget to talk to your baby; your little one can hear you, and many parents will talk to their babies well before they are born as part of their own way to make that parental connection before birth.
Prenatal testing will be discussed at your medical appointments now with your healthcare provider. If you have any questions or are unsure about what the tests entail, be sure to ask questions.
Remember that you are in control and if you are unsure about the tests, let your anxieties be known.
Some women find that keeping a journal helps to remember those questions that you think of between appointments but can’t seem to remember when the time comes. A pregnancy journal is also great fun as a memory. This special time never comes back!
Other factors come into play now regarding your life, especially if this is your first child.
Some parents start preparing their lives in more ways than one, drawing up a will, changing beneficiaries, or even getting life insurance are important aspects that need to be addressed once you have dependents to take care of.
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Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
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Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image: Image of 16 weeks belly by Graham and Sheila