Pregnancy Week 16

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Has anyone told you that you are glowing! And it’s not just your skin but your entire presence is cheerful and contagious. Welcome to the week 16 of the pregnancy, A.K.A the week when you might feel like yourself again after a tiresome first trimester.

How big is your Baby?

Your little one is as big as a light bulb now (~5.3 inch long) and weighs ~70 grams. It can easily fit in your palm. Expect an even greater growth spurt in coming weeks.

Baby’s Growth

Is it a boy? Or is it a Girl? It’s time to get the answer. Your baby’s sex can be determined using an ultrasound from 16th week onward. Bear in the mind though that in India foetal sex determination is a crime punishable by Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Acts (PCPNDT). And if you live elsewhere, check with your local authorities or best, check with your healthcare provider.

Moving on, thanks to all the twitching and pulling and all those muscle strengthening exercises, baby can now pull and hold her head up. Baby is also a lot more active now with movements like grabbing the umbilical cord and playing with it. Baby’s heart is also fully functional and is pumping almost 24 litres of blood every day (Woah!)

With baby’s ears and eyes positioned at their proper places, baby is losing that alien look faster than ever 😛

Your 16 Week Pregnant Belly

You must have started feeling quickening around last week. Quickening is baby’s movements felt during initial phases. You might mistake them for a flutter or a gas bubble at first but later on you will be able to tell it is in fact your baby doing somersaults.

Check with your healthcare provider whether you are gaining the right amount of the weight. And chances are if your doctor is not worried then you shouldn’t be either.

Your Symptoms

With increasing weight and growing baby you might start feeling not just round ligament pain but also backache. It is advised to always use comfortable cushioning while sleeping to support your back, and to sleep on side to begin with. If you are feeling itchy eyes and difficulty remembering small small things, know that these are pretty common occurrences during pregnancy and you know who to blame for it all (hint: It’s not your hubbie :P)

Your Week 16 Checklist

  • Schedule your next prenatal appointment.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Check with your doc whether or not you are gaining the right amount of the weight.
  • Continue taking your prenatal vitamins.

Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.

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