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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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RachRiv - 10 days ago
I get excited when I get to this week.. no one talks in week 15. :)

RachRiv - 10 days ago
mybabyshane01 I think everything will be fine with the L/o You may be carrying towards your back. I feel so big.. My stomach wasn't flat to begin with but I think I really popped this week. This will be baby 6 :) Good luck with your dr visit.

mybabyshane01 - 11 days ago
This is our fourth baby and I'll be 17 weeks on Monday. I made our first OB appointment for next week for this pregnancy because I am so tiny this time around! Hoping to get our first ultra sound within the next week or so. My concern is fluid around the baby perhaps? i did not lose weight at the beginning this time where last time i lost 16 pounds so i dont know what to think this time! We shall finally see though I guess!

lissie**** - 14 days ago
Yes Kathy it will be comforting to feel your baby. Soon I hope. Placenta makes a huge difference. And being in teh front also prob contributing to your bleed. Sucks. :(

kathy=^.^= - 20 days ago
Yayyyy week 16 so glad that I have made it this far. Still not feeling movements wish I was though :( I think my dr told me my placenta is in the front which isn absorbing all the kicks. I don't get to go back to the dr until August 4. Still bleeding and it drives me crazy!

lissie**** - 25 days ago
ladies I didn't feel my last baby until later. And I was pretty thin. Just had anterior placenta again. This time I felt baby 16 weeks but I didnt' expect it! and it isn't as profound as it was with a posterior placenta but I do feel baby so its good. But it's almost like phantom feelings it's so light :) If I hadn't had so many previous babies I might miss it! But baby rolls about and kicks too. I'm sure in the next few weeks you'll feel babies moving around! Maybe even see babies moving!!

shaym007 - 28 days ago
yup, same here, I have a doppler and got it out last week and got the baby, i may do it again, I am 16w 3d and fullt expected to be feeling the baby now. I have an ultrasound thursday, so i cant wait!!

anxiousmami - 28 days ago
Yeah, I am confused. Like even laying down at night I feel nothing, caffeine nothing. :(

shaym007 - 28 days ago
I just made a post today saying that's haven't been feeling this baby and I think it's weird, I didn't feel my first til 22 weeks, but I know felt my second by now!

anxiousmami - 28 days ago
So am I the only one who hasn't felt any movement yet? I swear with my other 3 pregnancies I felt movement by now....

lissie**** - 29 days ago
Juliemom that is a long time! boo! I am the opposite. I didn't grow early, I lost weight etc but have really popped the last few weeks. I'm even gaining weight now. Which is good but a girl rarely likes to see the numbers growing ;)

Juliemom24 - 29 days ago
So, so exciting for all of you mamas finding out the gender. I have to wait TWO MONTHS, blech... but it's fun to hear all the updates from you guys. I feel like I got big really fast and then the last few weeks I haven't grown at all. So weird.

shaym007 - 31 days ago
Yay so happy to be in 16 weeks!!!! 1 week until I find out the gender!!! Eeek

lissie**** - 33 days ago
I'm so happy for you ladies that have found out the sex of your baby(babies). I can't wait to know mine! I have to wait for another month though boo. Anxiousmama// the first part of pregnancy is miserable! So yeah you are pregnant!

anxiousmami - 33 days ago
Sorry for any rude comments any of you have received. I think the only one that caught me off guard is I told a case worker lady I was expecting, I don't even think I told her how far along but we met fave to face a week or so after telling her and she was like 'YOUR pregnant' ? Like excuse you pregnancy doesn't only exist when your 9months thank you very much. That's also why I refuse to announce anything to anyone yet. I've heard it all. Not in the mood. But wow 16wks almost to the half way mark.....

meggz - 33 days ago
I'm having a boy :) I will have two girls and two boys now. I kept imagining my little man with a little sister who'd keep him completely wrapped around her finger but I think he'll be great with a little brother too. For some reason, when i saw my first ultrasound, I thought he was a boy... no real reason, so either was gladly accepted! I'm so happy to know all is well with him and actually his head and gut are measuring almost two weeks ahead! No wonder I'm so big already! So good news for me today!!! Hope everyone else is well!

lissie**** - 34 days ago
Awe, a girl! Everyone needs a sister :))))

Metal-Mommy - 34 days ago
Thanks Lissie! Yep they all think they are so FUNNY too.. The friends i am talking about have been pregnant multiple times and HATED those comments but yet they are dishing them out.. im thinking MAYBE that's why u got those comments! I always say positive things to them and others which is why i felt it was inappropriate. --------- In other news, Im having a girl!!! <3! I love the fact that my daughter will have a sister!! I wanted a girl from the very start! My husband is happy, yet he really wanted a boy. He said 'Next time' im like wow buddy let me make it through THIS pregnancy. that topic we will revisit down the road lol! Men, i swear! I am happy to hear he would like another because he was so firm on having only 2 though... so this baby girl is a blessing!! lol! I love feeling those flutters in my belly too!!!

lissie**** - 34 days ago
Aw, I want to find out sex of my baby! Awesome for you.

meggz - 34 days ago
My boss just came back from vaca after a few weeks and I saw her yesterday and she gave my belly a deer in headlights look and said are you sure there's just one in there?! I just laughed it off cuz I'm well aware I'm huge... people just don't know what to say I guess. Gender ultrasound tomorrow!!! I can't wait to find out what I'm having! :)

lissie**** - 35 days ago
those are rude comments they gave you ladies! I have a hard time with peoples rudeness but I try to see when they have good intentions. The facebook comments you received would have pissed me off! I get it from strangers mostly when prego and it pisses me off but from 'friends' would REALLY piss me off. It can be hurtful from them. My family was in town and they were nice. Your arms are skinny was the only comment on how I look. I'll take that. Granted they are not skinny lol but at least they didn't comment on what isn't skinny ha ha!

letroise11 - 36 days ago
That's hilarious! I really wish we could be that truthful with people that are just jerks. Before I got pregnant I hadn't lost all my weight from my son. It's was ridiculous how many people asked when are you due😡.

Metal-Mommy - 36 days ago
2xmommy-- IKR! Thanks my husband says i am being too sensitive. but there are things you just dont say to people! Like i dont walk around going WOW LOOK AT YOUR NOSE! I BET YOU CAN SMELL EVERYTHING! ITS SO HUGE! lol

2XMommy2B - 36 days ago
Metal-Mommy - I would be soooo mad!! I had a client at work tell me 'Oh, you're not supposed to show that much this early are you??' I wanted to slap her in the face! Some people are just soo in considerate!!

Metal-Mommy - 37 days ago
I'm pretty irritated. I posted a pic of belly to facebook. Mind you i hardly EVER talk about my pregnancy because i hardly EVER post anything anyway. Anyway, i posted this pic and all my friends thought they were being real clever with their comments like 'rocket belly' and 'Are you sure you arent having twins!' and 'Wow your belly is so big so early you are going to be so miscible by the time you are due...' IDK Y they thought i would think this was appropriate or funny. They arent. I am a tiny person and this is my 2nd pregnancy... i am gonna show quickly... duh. Its not like i am eatting everything i see i eat helathy and i work a lot so its not like i am munching on my couch all day. Why can i not EVER get the comments like 'Aw you are glowing!' or even the run of the mill comments. I know this is my hormones speaking but WTH.*RANT OVER* lol

mommy2mason - 39 days ago
lissie - some people just do not think before they speak! That is very rude of your neighbor. I've heard some pretty nasty comments myself, and it took everything I had in me not to lash out. A few of my favorites so far include, 'Oh my God! Twins? Good luck with that!' or 'Twins? Haha, have fun' and my favorite: 'What were you thinking? Twins is going to be so much work.' -- like it was intentional... give me a break! What happened to a simple 'Congratulations!'

letroise11 - 39 days ago
Lissie- your better than me I would have said no. Why do I look pregnant. Lol I believe it's your business and you don't have to tell anyone you don't want to.

aprilrose - 39 days ago
Lissie-that is so rude!! Almostebony- if been feeling much better these days! No more sickness and not as tired! And starting to feel small movements :)

lissie**** - 39 days ago
Just got back from the store. had to tell neighbor I was pg and she asked concerned if I am happy. Wow. She was well meaning but it is just sad when that is your first response.

lissie**** - 40 days ago
m/s is finally getting better! My tummy is very round now. Definitely looking pregnant. DH set up an appointment at an ultrasound place that will tell you the gender but it cost and he said he will be mad he paid if it isn't a girl! B/c he will be disappointed. I said then why do you want to do it?!

almostebony - 40 days ago
Well, how is everyone? I will be over in two days from week 15, but sheesh it seems quiet everywhere. Lol.

lissie**** - 41 days ago
Lol very true.

mommy2mason - 41 days ago
lol, that's what I was thinking!

aprilrose - 41 days ago
You could hear a pin drop in this week!

kayte-berk - 57 days ago
Came over here from week 15. So quiet over there! You ladies are so lucky to be finding out the genders! I have an appointment tomorrow, and I will schedule my u/s for 20 weeks. Then I'll be able to find out.

magde5 - 58 days ago
congratilations i found that we are expecting a little boy

jojo - 58 days ago
Congratulations, we found out Friday we are also expecting a little princess :)

ASergeantsWife - 59 days ago
Had my gender ultrasound today and........ We are having a baby girl!

jojo - 63 days ago
So exciting isn't it aksnods :-) 3 days til my gender scan.. I'm so fricking excited haha hope baby Morgan behaves and is in a good position

aksnods - 63 days ago
Wk 16 yay. Gonna have gender scan on the 19th.

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 68 days ago
Over to wk 17 girls.... xx

jojo - 68 days ago
Woo hoo bonita so excited for you to find out lol sending lots of blue dust your way haha xx

bonitadiane - 68 days ago
OB appointment this evening. Thinking we'll set up gender scan. Eeeek. Excitement. JoJo here's to hoping your guess is right!!! ;)

jojo - 68 days ago
Woo hoo week 16 :) :)

jojo - 68 days ago
Twinny I'm gonna say boys for you both, I carried very low on both my boys. I look at the moment as if I have a ball up my jumper lol so If I had to guess I'd say girl lol love both your girls and boys names so cute :)

jojo - 68 days ago
Twinny I'm gonna say boys for you both, I carried very low on both my boys. I look at the moment as if I have a ball up my jumper lol so If I had to guess I'd say girl lol love both your girls and boys names so cute :)

bonitadiane - 68 days ago
Twinny don't be sorry.., you are correct I'd hope boy but strangely get the feeling sometimes and it's only sometimes that I'm carrying a princess. Most of the time I'm feeling boy. And that in itself is strange bc I've NEVER had gender instinct with my 2 previous. I think it's bc how different this one is. But hope I'm wrong on my sometimes thinking oh, bless this sweet peanut of mine that's already stole my heart!!!

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 69 days ago
Jojo i dont do belly piccys but i'm all low...dont know if thats helps haha I'm guessing girls for all 3 of us even tho, sorry Bonita, mine and ur pick of gender would be boy. I strongly feel girl for me as I feel rubbish and am still being sick like my other pregnancys...if i'm having a boy I will b shocked. We picked Kacy for a girl straight away, we love Casey but I wanted it spelled feminine, the second name is Jane after my mums mum and 1 of my sisters as my other sister will b godparent with hubbys sister...I dont want to leave anyone out haha As for boys names I love Charlie, Alfie and Finn which hubby adores - he initially suggested Michael then wanted Finn but I, for some reason want Joseph...hubby reluctantly agreed to Joseph but I keep changing my mind haha...either way middle name will b after hubby, Steven. I love Olivia & Isabelle, we have family these names and my friends little fella is Joshua which is lovely. Ooooh little identities from our gender scan I cant wait!!!! :o) xxx

jojo - 69 days ago
Awww this name talk is sooo exciting. . Bonita I think Olivia Meaghan is lovely and I bet your hubbys sister will be thrilled. What a lovely thought.. and I love your boys name, I love Joshua but my auntie beat me to it a few yrs back lol I'm gonna guess boy for you as I absolutely love the idea that our loved ones are still with us and what an amazing story to tell your little man when he's older :) twinny we need a recent belly pic so I can guess yours? ? Haha xx

bonitadiane - 69 days ago
Lol ladies I do believe you ladies stand correct. I'm really leaning towards finding out. And now secretly hoping baby doesn't cooperate and hide private no, no... I think the 9 week dream of my father in law is what did it. I'm just way too curious to know if that dream was as real as it felt. We have names picked. I'm not too happy with girls name. But, it's a name hubby loves and wanted with second. It's Olivia. I don't hate the name ... I'm just not sure how much I love it. I do love Isabella. Very close to Your pick of Isabelle, JoJo. But, I feel if it's a girl it's only fair to let hubby name her since I've named the first 2. Her middle name will be that of her Godmothers Meaghan. The godmother doesn't know this yet and doesn't know she'll be godmother. Although she has a good idea. The godmother is hubby's younger sister. Actually his only The boy name has been decided 4 years ago. When I was pregnant with first I ran all my fav. Boy names by hubby... Ethan, Mathew, Conner...but hubby hated them all. Lol it wasn't till halfway through pregnancy he confessed he'd love a junior. I LOVE his name and was totally in for it just as long as we don't call him but I know that will happen . So, if boy his name will be Joshua Micheal. :)all this gender talk has me so anxious to find out what we are having. I say we guess each other's. Twinny: I'm saying girl. But I'm going off how you been feeling. I'm not even sure that's a fair JoJo, I'm going with girl too.

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