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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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charcharsuperstar - 4 days ago
How is everything ladies? I think I've felt baby a few times..especially at night when I'm still. I also have had a lot of round ligament pain..especially on the right side. Yikes! When I'm sleeping I'm starting to use my maternity pillow.

britniA - 13 days ago
Eek I have felt baby a few times. Getting really excited for march since March 23 I find out the sex!

flybear - 19 days ago
Okay it's scheduled for March 5th. Yay. Cannot wait! - 23 days ago
Flybear, I know you're looking forward to your ultrasound...hopefully you get to schedule it soon. I'm having mine done on Feb 16...I'll be 18 weeks and 5 days then. Can't wait to see the baby on the screen. Have you started feeling movement yet? I feel my baby every now and then. It's not on a regular basis but he/she give me one good kick or roll every 1-2 days. It always catches me off

flybear - 24 days ago
Yay 16 weeks FINALLY. week 15 seemed sooo ridiculously long with the stomach virus. They are making me wait until 20 weeks or later for the ultrasound. I tried to schedule it, but the March calendar wasn't ready yet, so i'll call back in a few days.

liltyke7 - 26 days ago
Yes I had hormonal shifts but back in my first trimester. I have been good since Christmas time. Last day at week 16!!! - 27 days ago
I've been feeling down and hormonal the past few days. I've just been in a mood where I don't feel like being bothered, I don't feel like going to work, I don't feel like doing anything or talking to anyone. Not sure if it's because of the hormones, but does anyone else notice a shift in their mood? - 31 days ago
My ultrasound is scheduled for Feb 16...For some reason my doc said go at 18-19 weeks

liltyke7 - 32 days ago
Yeah! Week 16 today. Scheduled my 20 wk u/s for first week of March, can't wait!!!

loralb - 48 days ago
16.5 weeks and still no baby movement:( If I wasn't still sick, I would wonder if there was really a baby in there.

happywoman84 - 65 days ago
16 weeks.. Woohooy.. Merry Xmas and happy holidays all the mommies 😊 Last night was a surprise for my hubby.. He was shocked and in amazing way, he could feel the Baby moving when he put his fingers on my tummy he said like a thumb rubbing your tummy.. 😍 My baby is krn active at night.. He can't wait to feel it again tonight 😊 Xoxo

mamatabby - 71 days ago
How exciting kelz.... congrats on your boy. Did you have any gut feelings? About what you were having?

kelz84 - 74 days ago
Hi mamatabby, I have mine booked for the 14/1/15. I had a private scan done yesterday and they were able to tell me I was expecting a BOY!! This is my 3rd boy and I also have a girl, so this is my 4th baby but 6th pregnancy as ive miscarried twice. I hope all is well x

mamatabby - 74 days ago
Hey there ladies... anyone have their anatomy screening scheduled mine will be 1/9/15... super excited

lauramcneir - 88 days ago
Hello mamas, I haven't been on this site in a while but am currently 16 weeks pregnant with my 3rd boy in 3 years! I am finally feeling better and looking forward to our newest family member due May 18th.

cnjsmum - 99 days ago
So excited to now be 16wks. This pregnancy is flying by. Have been feeling flutters for over a week, but nothing at all over past 2 days, but ivebern really busy and usually only feel it when im still. 23 sleeps till my anatomy scan. Im going to have a surprise at birth, but my daughter and mother are both nagging me to find out. Im almost tempted, but know that I will be disappointed I didn't wait if I don't... It would be nice to know tho, lol. What are you all doing? Finding out and when? Or waiting?

tazzysmumma - 99 days ago
mamaford. How exciting :D i think i may have felt a couple of flutters the last few days. Though not clear enough for my to be 100% sure. Cant wait to feel those big kicks x

mamaford77 - 103 days ago
I wish my week was more active. :-( Got to feel baby kick at the same time we heard it yesterday. She had the Doppler on me and I felt a kick and we heard the thump at the same time. I have felt flutters before, but this time I knew it was baby! It was awesome.

Sunshinebaby8 - 122 days ago
Glad you found out what was making you sick... hope the meds work and you can get back to feeling good :) I think (knock on wood) my energy is starting to return!!! WOO HOO!! Not as tired as I have been. thank god!

sher-baby - 122 days ago
Supama- in the early weeks I was waking up 3-4 times at night to was sooo frustrating. Now it's not soo bad. If I'm careful I might only wake up once. I don't think I have felt much movement. Maybe a few times but for me it's kinda hard to tell because I've been soo gassy and I almost always have movement in my stomach that's NOT baby! Lol

supama - 122 days ago
Supermom...glad ur feeling better!! Not about the other stuff, but at least you can take antibiotics for that! Sher-baby-good news!! I swear I feel like I am now peeing every 15 min...I got stuck in crappy SoCal rush hr traffic tonight & i swear i almost pulled onto the shoulder to pee bc i didnt think i'd make it!! Lots & lots of baby movement this wk, tho :)

sher-baby - 123 days ago
Whooo hoooo!!! I've only gained 1lb in 4 weeks!!! So that means I've only gained 6.5lbs this pregnancy! Now I can continue to eat like a pig! My OB found the baby hb really easily today so whoo hoo again!

babylove5 - 124 days ago
In TN there are several doctors willing to do a VBAC. My doctor is willing. It is safer for the mother and baby to do a VBAC than c section the chance of rupture is 1 percent w vbac. These doctors are awful to force you into doing what they want.

Sunshinebaby8 - 124 days ago
Pumpkin... you know your body. You are also IN CHARGE of your own body. Do what YOU think is best. You have had children before and if you think this is too much.. deny it. they can not MAKE you do anything you do not want to do. If you think this new Doc will 'make you ' do thing you do not feel comfortable doing... SWITCH ASAP!!! You should never feel like you are being forced to do something you don't want to do, or feel uncomfortable with.

pumpkinfairy - 124 days ago
hey ladies I need some advice, I want to switch obgyn's I'm very high risk due to my age and health issues, the current dr I see is also sending me to a fetal specialist, they dont do vbacs, and I've delivered 3 vbac but now this one doesnt, theyre lso wanting to do cervical length checks every 2 weeks, I feel its to invasive and I'm not comfortable with it, should I have a heart to heart with dr or just find a new one?

supama - 124 days ago
Lol, babylove, im like u. My clothes tell it all. I know i lost 7-8 lbs at first bc i was so sick, but i gained that back + 2 at my last visit, so i'm guessing about 5 now & 10 by next visit the way im eating now

babylove5 - 125 days ago
I don't weigh myself at home only the dr. I just base it on how my pants fit. The butt had gotten snug so I know it's there. Plus my bra is to tight now. I would guess 11 pounds. I don't want to gain more than 34. Ill lose10 instant then the other 24 from breastfeeding.

Sunshinebaby8 - 125 days ago
I don't even want to know how much I have gained so

sher-baby - 125 days ago
I'm a lil worries about my weight gain this time around. With my daughter I gained about 35,lbs, so not Bad..I go for my second appt on the 29th and I'll see then how much I've gained, but I'm thinking around 10lbs in total too so far!!

Sunshinebaby8 - 125 days ago
supermom.. yes make sure you ask.. and I wouldn't wait. Call them today and see if they can see you. Your in a lot of pain. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. ((hugs))

supama - 125 days ago
Supermom, totally dont want to be the freak out, but i might call the ob 2moro if its been on-off for a couple wks along with right-sided pain. I hope it gets better. Ask maybe to have an abdominal ultrasound (not just a uterus ultrasound) to check ur appendix and what not. And have them do a swab to check for bacterial can sometimes cause diarrhea and not good for u & baby. Hope it goes away SOON!!

babylove5 - 126 days ago
We went to the pumpkin patch today and the boys had a blast! I was talking to a mom that was 39 weeks and her baby bump was huge! I better enjoy my small bump before he starts getting really big!

babylove5 - 126 days ago
Supermom they should put you on short term disability since you are having such a difficult pregnancy. I know you have a history of loss. They could just put you on bed rest, if you tell your dr. you are not feeling well they will help you. I hope you start feeling better!

Sunshinebaby8 - 126 days ago sounds like you have a virus. I'm sorry. Drink lots of water and rest up. I hope you feel better soon.

supama - 126 days ago
Omg...the 'speezing' has know, when you sneeze and pee at the same time bc ur so pregnant. Yeah, at the halloween parade...ugh

Sunshinebaby8 - 126 days ago
We found out what we were having with the first four kids.. then after that we decided to wait. So the last four kids we did not found out :) It's fun... it's ANNOYING because I'm a planner, but it's still fun! When people ask what we are having, we say.. well.. it's a

Sunshinebaby8 - 126 days ago
Hello 16 weeks :)

supama - 127 days ago
Machala - i will have 3 with bdays all within a 4-week stretch. One Mar 28, im due Apr 11, then one on May gonna be broke as a joke every Easter, LOL. but, my other kiddo was born on my birthday, so thats kinda fun. :)

sher-baby - 128 days ago
Lmao! I remember when you posted that!!! Too funny! I told my DH about that and he was like '...already!!!' And have me a strange look like 'I hope that doesn't happen to me' lol

babylove5 - 128 days ago
supermom my 2nd was emergency c sec due to cytotec to induce my labor. Do not let them use this on you ladies only Pitocin is safe. I had vaginal birth after c sec with my other two. I don't have that feeling but I only had one with my 2nd child. The 3rd and 4th were vaginal.

babylove5 - 128 days ago
I thought I was the only one having that feeling in my boobs! I get that tingly feeling in my breast then I actually thought I had milk running down my stomach. I didn't but one did leak when dh had it in his mouth and that was early on. Sorry if tmi. I haven't had leaking since then and dh wont put his mouth near them lol. I quit breastfeeding about 15 months ago. Maybe that is it.

sher-baby - 128 days ago
That's nice that you have other ladies around you to talk to!! I kinda wish there was someone I knew that was also preg. Maybe we could motivate each other to be more active or even after the baby is born, there is someone we could have play dates and etc. with. As far as that let down feeling, I don't even remember what that feels like!! Lol all I know is that when I'm cold, my nipples hurt like hell!!!

supama - 128 days ago
Ohhh, yeah, totally meant to ask. And this is something i swear ive never noticed inany other pregnancy, but is anyone else ever getting that feeling of 'letdown' in ur boobs??i keep getting it,& hurry to cross my boobs like im gonna leak but theres nothing, just that feeling. So crazy. Maybe bc i just stopped nursing 20 months ish ago??

supama - 128 days ago
Ugggh. Its not so much gas here, but ohhhh I HATE HEARTBURN! Ohhh the suffering begins. Well,we finally told family last wknd & i let it out at work this week (i cant hide it anymore). Then i find out 2 more girls are hiding it & due at the same well as 2 guys' wives. We're a pretty small, tight-knit company, so it's been an enlightening week, lol. The bosses are all my age with kids, so i really a blessed. Im just worried bc i'll just miss my 1-yr, so Im not really job-protected, legally. But ive seriously had to give in and totally wear maternity now. If i dont, its total belly, lol

sher-baby - 128 days ago
So it's 10:30pm here and gas is just tearing apart my stomach!!! WTH.....I hear it in my stomach but it's not leaving!!!! Uugghhhh the hurts soo bad!!!

sher-baby - 128 days ago
Omg!! I did the same thing yesterday! I bought a pair of maternity pants and just regular dress tops from target because I felt all the maternity tops 'looked' like maternity tops...where as a regular top (maybe in a bigger size) just looked like a loose fitting top!oh and I got a cheap blazer to also try and hide the bump! But I feel like it went good, thanks for asking!! I should know by tomorrow if it was successful or not. I have to say, for me, this is the most stressful part of this pregnancy is having to find a job before I start to show!!! With my daughter I had a crapy but good paying job, but it was the stress and BS of her father and having to move back home and etc. That was stressful! Now, I have my own house with my DH, things are good...aaaaaand I loose my job!!! It's like 'Uugh!!! Can I ever just have a stress free pregnancy!?!?' Oh well...everything happens for a reason and I try not to stress over what I can't change or control! Good luck and all the best on ur interview as well! Keep me posted!

sher-baby - 128 days ago
Babylove-my strange dreams seem to of subsided a lot. I was dreaming every night and they were all messed up, but since about week 12 I haven't have had many dreams. As far as the gas goes...I do eat a lot of fruits to try and keepe regular, and so far I've been quite regular and I don't like beans!! I don't know what I'm going to do about this gas!! It's soo painful.

babylove5 - 129 days ago
I have a lot of gas too. I try not to eat a lot of fruits and veggies since that makes it worse. No beans for sure! I have been having the strangest dreams the past two weeks. I keep dreaming about the past. They are always about people from my childhood and places I went. They are so real. It is so strange the dreams I have had since being pregnant. Anyone else experience this?

sher-baby - 129 days ago
Ive thought a few times that i too am having braxton hicks, but there not very strong. I will just all of a sudden feel pressure down there and my lower abdomen will feel harder than usual. but the past 2 nights i have had some of the most painful gas...OMG! sometimes it takes my breath away, it hurts soo bad! and its been at night both times. i've been drinking tea after dinner to try and settle my stomach, and last night i had to put a heating pad on my upper stomach to try and get dome relief, praying to just fart or burp or SOMETHING (maybe both!!)but nothing seemed to help!! This could all be caused because i'm eating like a pig...but i'm always hungry!! i try to snack lightly, but i'm still left hungry afterwards...i ate a whole papaya yesterday (yes, very healthy) but i was still hungry!!! any suggestions are welcomed!!

babylove5 - 129 days ago
I was having Braxton hicks contractions while shopping. They would start in my back as mild pain and then tighten the front. I thought maybe it was the walking. They kept coming back and I called my aunt she's a RN she said to drink water and they stopped. I had them w all my pregnancies but they bothered me yesterday. I guess I need to drink more water.

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