At 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)
sparks717 - 34 days ago
Week 16! Hello fellow lovely pregnant ladies. Hope the summer heat isn't making you swell! :). 24 more to go. We can do this!
weber3 - 38 days ago
Just popping in to say hi. Looks so quiet in here. Hope you are all doing well. Seems unreal that I should be in week 16 right now. Instead having my monthly. No baby yet. Love that you all made it to the second trimester. Almost half way!!!!!
sarahbeth13 - 43 days ago
Flojoe, is he starting preschool? It is strange how emotional each little step can feel, I completely agree. We are trying to figure out whether we should push to put our almost 5 yr old into kindergarten in September or wait the year to give her an advantage. Where we live the cut off is September 1, and she turns 5 September 14. Not sure what to do. We are currently moving, our house just sold and we are looking for a new one so where we wind up living will def affect the decision. Hope your little one loves his first day!! Hope you both do well with it! GOOD LUCK!
flojoe - 44 days ago
Hello week 16! mS has gone down - so am feeling much better. My 4 yr old son starts school tommorrow and I am feeling real emotional.... Aaaaaaghhhhh! I would joke about moms crying on the first day of school and now that's me! Bleh!
daffymtz22 - 49 days ago
Yes very quiet. That's awesome congrats! I'll be 17 weeks tomorrow. We'll hopefully find out what we're having on July 2nd. How'd you find out so early?
lilgibber22 - 50 days ago
Hello, I'm here and said the same thing. During 1st my pregnancy this blog was full of people, but not this time around. Unfortunately I only check this page once maybe twice a week, but i do love to chit-chat. I'm 16.5 weeks and were expecting a Boy!
daffymtz22 - 52 days ago
Hello week 16! It's pretty quiet in here.
monkeymomma - 74 days ago
I still have a few more weeks until my doc will do the gender scan. I can't wait!
I don't really feel pregnant this time....it's strange! Hoping that's a sign of a girl since my other 2 are boys and I felt miserable.
monkeymomma - 74 days ago
2blessed...I get the progesterone shot every week too. Started as soon as I found out I was pregnant, and will continue until 30 weeks. I had to do it with my last pregnancy too.
lil.pigz - 77 days ago
monkeymomma, glad to know we are not alone here,lol. I know the conversations are far and few between.2b, I think you and I keep things going for the most part, carry over from facebook:)
2bBlessedw2 - 78 days ago
Hello 16 weeks!!! I'm having a healthy baby girl!! Not sure I announced that in the previous weeks. Still a little sick and still tired. Blah. Happy to still be pregnant! Started my biweekly checks on my cervix and I'm at 3.3cm. Short for 15/16 weeks, but it has not shortened more since the last check. I've got another check next week, along with my first progesterone injection in my butt muscle. Yay. Fun!
monkeymomma - 79 days ago
Hi there! I try to comment each week just in case someone comes to talk. You are the first!
lil.pigz - 79 days ago
Yay!!! A recent post!Hi monkeymomma:)
happythirdbaby - 87 days ago
Hi, how are everybody today?
I'm feeling mostly fine and am very very big for 16 weeks (this is my third baby). I haven't felt kicks though and need reassuring...
PaulaSoon2B8 - 94 days ago
I am so glad Im not alone...I know with younger ones its inevitable but my body is used to minimal sleep over my 16 years of mothering....but even the night where I am getting 7-8 hours...I still feel exhausted!! Guess Im just getting old...lol.
TaraR - 94 days ago
Paula....I have been sooooo tired the last couple days!! It's like I can't get enough sleep!!
PaulaSoon2B8 - 94 days ago
Anyone else still suffering from some nausea and extreme fatigue...I thought for sure itd pass by now :( Oh well hanging in there...it could always be much worse! A lot of people getting ready for scans and first OB appointments!!...GOOD LUCK!!
TaraR - 95 days ago
Good morning ladies!! I hope everyone has a great week!
treadingwater - 98 days ago
my anatomy scan is on may 13th. Seems so far away but when I look at it...it's creeping closer. I'm excited. I am hoping for a girl this time around to match my only little girl. Heart beat is 154 last time I checked so it is pretty promising!
1morefor4 - 99 days ago
Paula-- hopefully you get a clear pic at your anatomy scan so you can enjoy shopping. I'm trying hard not to keep thinking of the date but I really am looking forward to it.
paulasoon2b8 - 100 days ago
Awesome! I have my diagnostic scan the 15 of may so will confirm if it's a girl then😃 heart beat was 142 at ultra sound...I've never done a gender scan before...better hope she was accurate for $75 lol I am hoping to buy pink this time around😋.
1morefor4 - 100 days ago
had a midwife appointment today and scheduled my anatomy scan for may 11th. i'll be exactly 19 weeks that day. if you want a full update on my appointment I wrote a new blog.
paulasoon2b8 - 101 days ago
Hope everyone is feeling well! Went for 3d scan last night and tech said though she's not supposed to say 100% ever she is 100% sure my baby has girl parts lol. Every time she tried to show me the 3 lines baby decided to squirm around. This is so exciting don't know if I can wait 25 weeks !😬
RowdyRandi - 101 days ago
Just got back from my appt. Baby heartbeat was 162 and we've scheduled my 20 wk scan for may 20th. Yay! Can't wait! Hope baby is cooperative so we can find out gender
1morefor4 - 102 days ago
Hi all. Finally feeling less sick everyday. I've actually had 3 straight days of feeling good. But I'm still exhausted which I'm just chalking up to having 3 kids already. It's my first day in this week and I have a midwife appointment scheduled for Wednesday and I'll probably be scheduling the anatomy scan. I hope it's within the next 2 weeks or so I can't wait to see my little baby and find out gender. I'm still getting girl vibes but I could be wrong and either way I'll be happy and prepared with a name. Hope all is well with everyone here. The weeks are so quiet that I don't post often but I do check and post when I can.
RowdyRandi - 106 days ago
Hi I'm in week 15 but i was peeking ahead saw some of you have issues with the prenatal vitamins. I've always gotten nauseous from vitamins. Someone told me a long time ago if vitamins upset your tummy instead of switching to gummies or just not taking them try taking them before bed. If u get nauseous it won't matter cuz you'll be asleep and won't notice. Its worked for me for years
beckym - 124 days ago
Jamie, yeah, I don't get morning sickness bad with my pregnancies either, mostly nausea icky feeling bur not full fledged, the last time I lost it from that was prenatals too, I've been avoiding it like the plague going with chewables. That stomach bug though was sooooooo bad.
jamie86 - 124 days ago
Becky- yeah morning sickness has never been too bad for me. This pregnancy it was almost nonexistent. I did get sick this morning soon after taking my prenatal and that was very unpleasant. The vitamin taste gross to begin with. I'm glad you found a fetoscope! That's not a bad price either.
beckym - 125 days ago
I found fetoscopes for sale online, only 12 dollars, I am so going to buy one. It says it works best starting at 20 weeks, so by the time I get it, should be closer to that time.
beckym - 125 days ago
Jamie, agreed no fun. At least morning sickness happens quick and is gone, that was like a 3 hour endeavor in the middle of the night leaving my throat on fire even just to drink water.
jamie86 - 125 days ago
Becky glad you are feeling better. Stomach bugs are horrible but even worse when pregnant. I got one right at 4 weeks pregnant and felt like I was dying.
beckym - 126 days ago
Dr appt. went well, went to an open house school event for my 2 elementary school students which went very well, then At About 3 in the morning I Was hit with a horrible stomach bug, I'm better now, but that was rough!
beckym - 127 days ago
O.o I didn't know about the estrogen effect of soy, I'll scope out alternatives, thanks. 😊
Today is my doctors appt in about an hour, I get to discuss future testing they will be allowed to do. This should be fun, I called ahead a few weeks ago and asked about fetoscopes, they don't have them, so we have to find some other way. I hope we will go out to eat afterwards, after doctors appt. Is the only time we really get to have a nearly date moment, except our youngest comes with, she is 3.
texasmamaof5 - 127 days ago
I would do another milk like almond hemp there are others. Soy is really bad for males especially (it mimics estrogen) but females too, plus usually GMO. I just try to avoid all soy (organic or not).
beckym - 128 days ago
The baby movements are the BEST part of the pregnancy experience, I love the bonding we get to have with the baby before they are even holdable. Random strangers putting their hands on the belly, I'm not a fan, it is a bit creepy, they have no shame either, check out lines, libraries, restaurants open for crazed belly cooers.
delarla - 128 days ago
Yes constipation is real and it sucks! I've had it since I found out basically. I mean seriously 10 days with a bm(sorry tmi) No fun! On a happy note I was able to feel tiny movements last night! Hope everyone is feeling well!
beckym - 128 days ago
I can't believe how lactose intolerant I am, I rarely drink milk because I just don't like the taste, but I bought malt flavored caffeine free oval tie which has a ton of vitamins, and it tastes great in milk, so I have been having 1 to 2 glasses a day, sometimes my stomach cramps up so bad I get scared that something is wrong with the baby, then I find out it is terrible gas, geez!! I'm thinking of switching to silk soy milk or something, it is embarrassing and I am already pregnancy gassy enough without this craziness!
beckym - 128 days ago
Oh ok, yeah the prenatals are awful all ways from sunday, I still get sick even cutting them in half, I take chewable calcium and multivitamin, then swallow zinc, b6, salmon oil, folic acid, take a micro losenge of b12, and drink/chew 1 tablespoon of black strap molasses for iron.
Free2Bmom - 128 days ago
Ya I am careful about cheese anyway lol. My prenatals make me constipated... I've tried different kinds with the same results so maybe it's more just pregnancy that the pills.
beckym - 129 days ago
Warning warning warning, do not eat too much cheese, do not eat too much cheese! I made grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, I can normally handle 3 with no trouble, apparently not anymore! We have now entered the constipation danger zone. We are all pregnant t ladies here, so I don't mind saying that, as we are all in the same boat. Just a heads up!
beckym - 129 days ago
Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel for your cousin and his gf, doctors are idiots!!! As far as your job, I'm so glad you stuck up for yourself, you go girl! That wench really had it coming. I heard on the radio a few days ago something that bugged me, the topic was odd questions from employers or would be employers. This woman on the radio who called in said after her wedding her employer asked her into the office, and asked if she planned on having children, she asked why, he said usually women planning family's don't stay long at companies, she said her husband had a vasectomy done years ago. Then the radio host was agreeing that it has become too taboo a subject, but the employer is the one who will lose money and resources on the end, I wanted to rip his head off! I have been calling that number the last few days because I want to give him a piece of my mind, in rough times I have went to job interviews while pregnant, and NEVER get those jobs, then turn to babysitting to help our income, pregnant women have to live too that is why there are job laws against that sort of thing.
Free2Bmom - 129 days ago
Becky that's so unfair eh? I was demoted from manager to assistant manager by mutual choice. It pays the same but less responsibility and liability so I was ok with that but the girl that was put as manager wants her friend to be hired for my position so she's constantly making comments that I'm useless there and there's no point in me staying longer ect. I blew up this morning and told her another nasty word or her bullying bullshit and I'm headed straight to the labour board and would ensure that she be fired. She shut up, went for a smoke, came in and apologized. I told her I have always busted my ass at my job and do not deserve and will not tolerate that treatment. She agreed, said she knows I've been a good manager and it won't ever happen again. Grrrrrr it better not! As for my cousins nightmare, I spoke with him this morning too and it was worse than I thought. They almost lost his gf and she didn't know they had lost their daughter until after she woke up. Then they told her she's toxic and they had to take her in for another surgery immediately to ensure she can have a child in the future. He said she started screaming and crying asking if it was a bad nightmare and begging to be woke up. She was groggy from anesthetic and thought she was dreaming and they had to go through it again after her second surgery. While she was in the first surgery, my little cousin held his lifeless daughter for two hours before family got there to be with him. I cried so hard for him. He so much stronger than I had imagined. I'm in agony just thinking about them. What a horrific tragedy :( the worst part was that they were ging to do a c section last week cause she was low on fluids. For some reason the doctor decided against it and sent them home. So senseless. I'm praying for them to find some sort of comfort.
beckym - 130 days ago
I am so sorry for your cousins loss, it is terrible that the doctors couldn't get the baby out sooner, I pray that their next try brings them the joy they have been hoping for, that they could bring their little one home and end this line of sorrow. As far as pregnancies and work go, with my first, I was a supervisor, found out I was pregnant and started college, and wanted to work every other waking hour, they refused, cut my hours, and demoted me and cut my pay. Then with my 2nd child, after college, I earned a 3.75 gpa, even while pregnant. The job I had been at for 2 1/2 years, an office job, laid me and about 10 other people off when I was 7 months pregnant.
Free2Bmom - 130 days ago
I feel so heart broken for my little cousin. He and his gf have lost several pregnancies like I have. She was finally due any day with their first child and she had her last night but had a placental abrupt ion and lost their baby girl. It was an emergency c section and she just had another surgery today. I don't know all the details yet but I am sickened for them. They are a wonderful couple and this seems so brutally unfair. It's been a rough couple of weeks for me and this was just one of those things that makes my rough couple of weeks seem so minimal in comparison. Hope everyone else is doing good and having a better time of things than I am..... Anyone else getting squeezed unfairly out of their jobs because they're pregnant?
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