Pregnant At 16 Weeks

You may have the ‘pregnancy glow’ around 16 weeks pregnant, and your baby is developing taste receptors.

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How Big is Your Baby at 16 Weeks?

Your baby is 4.6 inches and weighs 3.53 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Hacky Sack.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 16 weeks pregnant:

  • Your Baby
  • Your Body
  • Your Life
  • 16 Weeks Ultrasound
  • Real Mom Bumps at 16 Weeks Pregnant

Your Baby’s Development at 16 Weeks

If you’ve been talking to your baby, here’s an exciting development: they can start to hear you now! Here’s more about what’s happening with your baby’s development this week.

  • Developing taste buds: Your future foodie is starting to form taste buds. Tiny pores on the tongue have developed, and your baby is tasting and swallowing salty amniotic fluid as practice for future meals.
  • Toenails: Little nails are starting to sprout on the baby’s toes. They should be fully grown around 34 weeks.
  • Umbilical cord: The umbilical cord is now fully developed. It normally has one vein and two arteries to keep the baby growing and healthy and is insulated by a thick goo called Wharton’s jelly. (Sounds gross but is necessary.)
  • Hearing: Teeny bones are developing in your baby’s ears, which means they can hear your voice. Talk away!

16 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

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Congratulations

Your pregnancy is just 168 days old! That’s around the length of the typical NBA season.

Pregnancy Symptoms at 16 Weeks: Your Body

As your milk ducts prepare for the baby’s first meals, you may notice some wonderful pregnancy side effects, such as stronger hair, quicker growing nails, and even newfound or increased cleavage. What else might happen when you’re 16 weeks pregnant?

  • Increased blood flow and the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin make some pregnant women seem dewy and gorgeous.
  • Oh, the irony of breakouts. During pregnancy, the same ingredients that make some women shine might produce oily skin or acne. Before taking any acne products, consult with your doctor; some are not safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Shortness of breath: As your progesterone levels rise, your body tricks you into breathing more often and deeply in order to get more oxygen in, so you may feel winded from time to time. Also, as the baby grows, it will put pressure on your lungs, making it difficult to take full, deep breaths. It’s fine to take pauses or ease up on yourself.
  • Stuffy nose: If your nose has been feeling stuffy lately, you should know that pregnancy rhinitis (a runny or stuffy nose with no other symptoms) occurs between 18 and 42 percent of pregnant women. When estrogen levels rise, the nasal passages enlarge, causing more mucus to be produced. A decongestant may help—ask your doctor which ones are safe for you to take—but you may also try using a humidifier or shower steam, elevating your head with an additional pillow while sleeping, or using saline nose drops or a spray to clear your nasal passages.

Interesting Fact

Although your brain changes during pregnancy, “pregnancy brain” has not been demonstrated. The modifications allow you to concentrate on your child. That neglected grocery list, on the other hand, maybe an unintended consequence.

Your Life When You’re 16 Weeks Pregnant

You’ve made it four months! Embrace your wonderful pregnant glow and employ meditation to help you go with the flow, whether time is flying or crawling. Omm…

  • Top tip: Go to the movies, and we mean all out: popcorn, Red Vines, Peanut M&Ms, the whole shebang. You get extra points if you make it a double feature. Why? Because you can, and you’re finally ready.
  • Thoughts about the shower: Before you settle on the logistics of your baby shower—who will host and where—consider the type of shower you want to have. Nothing is more precious to some than tradition. Others believe that the less conventional, the better. Either method is OK! After all, it’s your day, so come up with a plan that works for you. All that counts is that you feel showered with love and support, whether it’s a virtual brunch with all the games or a socially distant co-ed BBQ in the backyard.
  • Consider the following gear: The second trimester is when your boobs stop hurting and begin to grow in size. If your bras are starting to feel a little tight, but you aren’t quite ready to commit to nursing bras, try a bra extender. They’re an inexpensive method to give oneself some breathing room (literally!) before investing in new bras.
  • R&R: Meditation is a popular topic these days, and for good reason. A daily meditation practice can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and boost emotions of well-being, which is especially beneficial during pregnancy when you are prone to worry. Still not convinced? A plethora of applications, such as Headspace, Expectful, and Calm, make it simple to get started. Even a few minutes every day can make a difference.

To Do: Make a Baby List

You may use Babylist to add any item from any retailer to ONE registry. You’ll also receive a Hello Baby Box filled with free (wonderful!) items.

Your 16 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At your next appointment, your OB or midwife will probably start measuring your fundal height. It’s basically the size of your bump or the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus. This measurement is a non-invasive way to make sure the baby is growing properly and amniotic fluid levels are about right. (And we love non-invasive evaluations.) Your fundal height measurement should be equal to your pregnancy week, plus or minus two, in centimeters. So if it were to happen this week, you’d ideally be measuring between 14 and 18 centimeters. At week 20, you’ll probably measure 18 to 22 centimeters.

Your baby’s prepping for a growth spurt over the next few weeks, so don’t be surprised if your bump changes a lot too. You’ll feel the baby’s movement more strongly and distinctly as time goes on too. If you’re not sure what you’re feeling just yet, rest assured that soon those kicks and jabs will be unmistakable.

16 Week Baby Bumps from Real Moms

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Checklist for a 16-Week Pregnancy

  • It’s almost time for a baby shower. The first step is to pick what type of shower you want. Then, decide who will host the event and where it will take place. Choose a date and assist them with the guest list.
  • Make time for a self-date. See a matinée movie, have a spa treatment, or simply unwind at home.
  • For one week, try five minutes of meditation every day. If you feel okay, keep exercising and increase a few minutes each week until you reach 20 minutes.
  • Begin sleeping on your side, preferably your left (it helps get nutrients to the baby via blood flow). Don’t be alarmed if you end up on your back; simply flip onto your side and try again.

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