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Saying hello at 16 weeksAt this point of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 4.3 to 4.6 inches long and weighs 2.8 ounces. Not only is your baby growing, your uterus and placenta continue to grow to accommodate the growing baby inside of you! Just six weeks ago, your uterus weighed about 5 ounces. This week it now weighs 8.75 ounces! The amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby is increasing and there is about 7.5 ounces of fluid. You will easily be able to feel your uterus approximately three inches below your navel.

This is an important week for testing and you will most likely have an AFP test done. This is a harmless blood test that is done to detect abnormalities such as Down's syndrome or spina bifida. This is a non-invasive test and it carries no risk to your developing baby. Most doctors will offer the test, but in most cases it is completely optional.

Your milk glands start production at this time and this causes some tenderness and swelling in early pregnancy. Your veins will become more visible because there is an increased amount of blood flowing to the breasts.

Five and a half inches tall and only six ounces in weight. The child can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.

At this time, your baby is holding her head erect. Because her muscles are developing, she can make some faces now. Your baby is able to squint, frown and open its mouth. There is enough calcium in the bones that they will show up on an x-ray. Your baby's fingernails are well formed now and the legs are longer than the arms. Because your baby is moving well now, you may begin to feel his movements! Some women say that the early movements feel like gas bubbles or a slight flutter. If you have not yet felt the baby move, don't worry. Fetal movements are usually felt between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy.

You may feel your heart beating 'louder'. This is because there is a lot more blood in your body than normal. (about 20-25% more)

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leanbean - 23.4 hours ago
POLOR~ Congrats x's 2! I'm so sorry that you had to suffer so many losses. Praying for a smooth, easy 5 more months and that these lo's are the rainbow after the storm. Only 4 days and I get to see mylittle Bambino and hopefully find out he/she :) - 3 days ago
I had 3 miscarriages last year and have been so scared this whole pregnancy but starting to relax now. This time I have twins, identical, the risks are high but so far is going good and I get referred to an obstetrician because I'm having two. I meet my obstetrician on Tuesday and might even find out if they are two girls or two boys. Not worried either way as long as they are healthy :-)

MOMIIB - 6 days ago
Thanks leanbean!!!

leanbean - 6 days ago
MOMII~SO cute!!!! Congrats!!! I get to see my lo in 9 days. Not that I'm counting or anything! hahahaha....

MOMIIB - 7 days ago
Thanks Emlouise! We have narrowed it down to 3 names!!!! :-)

emlouise80 - 7 days ago
How exciting MUMIIB!! Now you can start name brainstorming :-)

MOMIIB - 8 days ago
Thanks Loriandrichie!!!!!! :-)

loriandrichie - 8 days ago
Congratulations MOM!! He's beautiful! :)

MOMIIB - 8 days ago
I added pics to my profile, should be the last 3 or so pics :-) The nest is how we announced on Facebook :-) ENJOY! :-)

MOMIIB - 8 days ago
We are having a BOY <3 sooo excited! He looks soo darn cute and long!!!!

emlouise80 - 10 days ago
Week 16 woo hoo!

MOMIIB - 11 days ago
Hi ladies! First day in 16weeks today!!! Gender scan is on Saturday and my immediate family is going, I am sooooo excited! I have also started feeling the baby off and on, nothing regular but I cant wait til the movements become stronger and more frequent!!! Hope everyone is well, hopefully the forum gets more active now that they fixed the gliches!

oopixiesticks - 23 days ago
Thank you :) IT's a boy!!! I'm so happy my husband is beyond happy we got a clear shot also few pictures i will try to post later

Baby ali - 23 days ago
oopixiesticks- hope baby is well and healthy that's way matters the most what ever the gender. would like to know what ur having tho as we r both in the same boat :0) I find out April 11th

oopixiesticks - 24 days ago
Thanks Monika I will definitely take a look at it. BabyAli- I wish my daughter would fear discipline doesn't work coming from me or her father, she is very strong willed I'm going to have to take her to a therapist. Im 17 weeks today I could not sleep at all I tossed and turned the whole night because I have my gender scan this morning in 2 hours! I'm beyond anxious to find out! I just couldn't stop thinking how life is going to be different with 3 and the difference between having a 3rd girl or by having the 1st boy... I'll post back after finding out! Hopefully baby cooperates and it's a clear shot!

Baby ali - 24 days ago
baby was very active yeaturday all day but day on and off hope u ladies r doing well, I feel exhausted and breathless all the time

mommy97101114 - 24 days ago
monika-I finally felt movement yesterday afternoon, last night when I laid down and have felt some this morning. Little boy seems to be able to read my mind.

monika01 - 24 days ago
mommy ~ yes.. i have felt random movements for about a wk. this is my third pg. starting to become more promeninatt. i felt last baby kicks at 17.5 well.. so its normal for me… haven't had a u/s since dating so not sure what size baby is but… my last one was 99 % and up.

mommy97101114 - 24 days ago
Think I'm feeling flutters but not 100% would think I would be a pro at this since this is my fourth pregnancy. :/ Is anyone else feeling movement or not??

monika01 - 25 days ago
yay 17 tomnorrow O) so awesome can't wait to 24 and be viable...

sarah6485 - 26 days ago
@tassie whats your babies heartrate? Seeing if the myth is accurate

Baby ali - 26 days ago
oopixiesticks- my 3 year old recently started fighting with the 19 months old but the 19 months old is also a fighter nothing extreme they start pulling each other's hair out wen they get annoyed but not all the time they do play together and behave but half the time fight, hopefuly it's just a fase, they are scared of the dad and wen he tells them off they dnt fight and I always scare them by saying am getting the dad to come and tell them off wen they fight and they stop lol can ur hubby help in any way??

monika01 - 26 days ago
tstories.. not stores...

monika01 - 26 days ago
oppssticks~ i just was reading this book from the library called ' raising the spirited child' my child is mild on the spectrum but my g.f kid is right at the extreme.. it helped her out quite a bit perhaps you can check it out?? its a really good book and has real stores too .

oopixiesticks - 26 days ago
babyali-I wish this is just a phase but she's been like this since she turned 2 years old she was constantly beating up on her little cousin and still fights with her now. and with her little sister since shes been born I had to carry my little one everywhere I went in my apt just to keep her safe, i couldn't even put her in a playpen because she would shake the playpen so hard and in the crib she would throw stuff at her so its hard to keep my patience after 2 years of this nonsense. I would understand if she wasn;t given any attention.. but she has soo much of my attention I sit down and play with her just me and her but nothing is enough she wants 100% all day. And Monika, I tried the snack at night time but she would still wake up crying for milk, tried putting water in the bottle but she can tell the difference and stil cry! I always feel like others kids are so simple when I see them behaving in the stores and restaurants and then mine are like bouncing off the walls everywhere I dont know what to do anymore! I want supernanny! lol

Baby ali - 27 days ago
tassie- great news :0) Monika- hope ur bum gets better with cream nothing worse than itchy painful bottom

monika01 - 28 days ago
started using this anusol cream .. hoping my bum won't hurt and itch anymore… tmi ~ sorry ~ otherwise have been feeling very pregnant…. baby is moving more.. nothing precise but movement and kicking me or rolling around.. something… Tried now.. off to bed. ~ - 28 days ago
Dr was wrong. Had private scan do e today. Officially team blue again. No doubts, def a boy.

NixSA - 29 days ago
We find out on Thursday what team we are on!!!

monika01 - 30 days ago
opps~ my lil one will vomit too from crying so the cry it out thing is no good… we did a few things around her age.. 1 . late proteien snack . bed time was 8 so 715 we gave her greek yogurt with some raspberries or srtraberries mushed in there( high in protein and some sugar) sometimes also toast with some cream cheese.. later when she woke the first time .. we attempted to give no bottle… just rock and comfort.. offer water if she wants something… 2nd time awake before 4 am .. milk was ok. not again… this way u can slowly off the many milk times.. it is tough we had water in a bottle so it was similar.. ya she screamed… a few tough nights. around age 24/26 months we stopped the middle night feed.. offered water… but still give her a good snack at 7 .. makes a big difference.. also we had to watch nap time no sleeping after 3 pm and if it was a slow day a walk at 630 after dinner even 20 min. outside time made a difference ofr her always… good luck

Baby ali - 30 days ago
oopixiesticks- hope she gets better soon, nothing worse than kids being ill, my 3 year old does exactly The same to my 19 months old she's always hitting her and making her cry wen am not there it only started few weeks back but really upsetting the fact she's hurting the little one, maybe a fase they go through or something I do hope she stops I have explained to her not to hit her baby sister but she dsnt listen hopefuly she realises soon.

oopixiesticks - 30 days ago
16 weeks today one more week until 3d gender check ultrasound! --both my kids are sick right now and of course I got sick from them too they have a stomach bug and a cough/ cold so far I got the cough/cold.. my 16 month old wont sleep at night its been 2 nights now she hasn't slept she stays up crying all night long, today she hasn't even taken a nap not sure how she is still awake because I know i been dying to get a rest :( also haven a problem with my 3 year old she is constantly picking on her little sister she physically pushes and shoves her and hurts her.. im so tired of playing referee and constantly being in the middle of them.. I can't get any house work done I cant even go to the washroom without the 3 yr old hurting the little one. Im worried about adding this third baby to the mix.. ughh just needed to vent besides that on a regular day when my 16 month old is not sick .. she still doesn;t sleep through the nights! she constantly wakes up like a newborn asking for a bottle 3 to 4 times a night and ive tried to let her cry it out but she goes until she vomits then i have to clean up vomit.. and the husband gets angry that he gets no sleep from hearing her cry

monika01 - 31 days ago
taSS~ i too just had a uti .. and thought was have contractions or my cervix opening… on meds now 5 days doing a lot better. i am going for a 3d hopefully first wk of april .. i have a cervix check on the 3? but they won't tell me anything probably… otherwise i am still on promethium (progesterone pills) forgot them for a few days bc i am taking the uti meds and i could tell..!! will be on it till 36.

sarah6485 - 31 days ago
Had first midwife today heartrate was 156 now id say a girl.? Can we all share heartrates please and if So what your already having! As want to check out the myth that girl are high boys are low :-) - 32 days ago
Too quiet here now! I'm going a week ahead where there might be some action... - 34 days ago
Had another scan at my progesterone shot appt. (it's nice that my mil works at an ob office and wants to know for sure the gender too!) dr is 95% sure baby is a female. I saw the girl parts too and looks completely different than my sons scans. She looks really good and we've decided to name her Penelope Curie Lara (curie is a famous scientist or something, dh is a chemist). I'm happy that she's a girl since I already have a boy. I am def feeling the baby move because I saw her move on the scan and felt it at the same time. On a neg note; I have a bad uti and start antibiotics today. That's why I have had Braxton hicks. The uti has been causing contractions. Scary.

Rutzy14 - 34 days ago
This is my third pregnancy and I sure wish I remembered more about my last two. It is almost like I haven't been pregnant before :P Sure hope it is because this one is a girl. I am probably totally wrong and a third boy is in the making. - 35 days ago
i have no idea where my placenta is lol....i feel movement once in a while, nothing consistent....just enough to make me paranoid on days when i feel nothing...get to hear the heartbeat again in 8 days :) - 35 days ago
Hicks* - 35 days ago
16 weeks today. I am having Braxton hocks already!!! I feel it's waaay too early!? They aren't consistent or painful but def the unmistakeable feeling...

Baby ali - 36 days ago
16 weeks today and feeling exhausted :0/ - 37 days ago
Thai food here with a Choco taco I just send dh put for haha. I am almost 16 weeks and can feel the baby moving here and there. I having wierd Braxton hocks tho which is scaring me. I looked it up and I guess it can be totally normal to have them early like this. I didn't get them til 6 or 7 months with my son so it freaked me out. Going camping this weekend but going to take it easy since my dr put me on bed rest due to a short cervix from my prior colposcopy and leep. They will measure it this week. On top of it, they are now giving me weekly progesterone shots :( well, Choco taco time!

tlc - 37 days ago
Ali - mostly the same so far (have 2 girls and now having a boy). The only thing that's different is that with the boy I was not as averse to eating veggies during the first tri. Especially with my first, I couldn't even look at a salad.

Baby ali - 37 days ago
ladies for those of you who know the gender of your baby wat is or was ur symptoms for girl/boy or how are your symptoms different from having girl/boy??

ladybug85 - 37 days ago
whoa, lots to catch up on!tlc: this one will be my third. my oldest is a boy (5). the girls will be almost 4 years apart so i think that will help. my sister and i were closer in age and couldnt stand each other when we were young. we're total BFF's now though. lil.pigz: Sophie is a handful as well so i'm just picturing two of her! She's not very girlie at all and will literally cry if i put her in a dress. maybe this one will be my girlie girl. :) my mom was kind of upset when i told her i didnt want a shower. i like the idea of a diaper shower or a meet the baby type thing after the baby is born though.

kristen27 - 37 days ago
We ate chicken Alfredo but I ate chicken and whole wheat noodles with olive oil. Trying not to become a blimp with this pregnancy! =/ I'm off to 17 today. See ya there

ohmynotagain - 37 days ago
Just to let those mommys who are worried about not feeling movement try not to be I never feel my little ones until 20 to 24 weeks no matter where the placenta is. I also have been a lot of different weights so I don't think size has much to do with it.

tlc - 37 days ago
Anyone else have dry mouth no matter what they drink? It's especially awful in the morning. It's like while making a baby my body has no time to make saliva. This has been going on since the start of my pregnancy, but I'm only getting really pissed about it now because I thought it would go away.

lil.pigz - 38 days ago
kristen27- We had chicken and dumplings homemade in the crockpot:)Tonight is BBQ chicken on the grill, yummm!..jackie87- I just noticed my pregnancy ticker says I have 22 weeks to go until baby is born, so we are close to half way . AHA! In all reality though, I am already half way there and only have 20 weeks to go because repeat c/sections are done at 38 weeks here,lol. I agree about the snow/crappy weather dragging the days out! Awesome, so I wont be lonely in 17 weeks anymore, c'mon over;)

jackie87 - 38 days ago
We had spaghetti and meatballs, Kristen. Quick and easy since hubby was leaving pretty much right after he got home from work to go out with his brothers. I'm off to 17 weeks tomorrow. Are we really close to half-way through already?! The first trimester seemed to drag on and on, but this one seems to be flying already. The snow is melting like crazy in this last week, so that could be why the days feel like they're going by faster for me. All the snow and dreary weather just seems to make everything lag.

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