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)
Comments on week 16
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5thblessing - 31 days ago
I remember this site being so busy with 3 of my pregnancies.i thought maybe because we weren't far along, more people will join later!but nope hardly anybody on in the later weeks either. I will share for anyone out there though. .. I just had my first ' weird' craving during my 5th pregnancy! I always thought it was a myth but I just had to have halved pickles with cream cheese. It was so good I closed my eyes as I enjoyed each bite! Lol. Never had it before but it just sounded so good, never craved pickles prego either! What are the handful of you craving? !
5thblessing - 31 days ago
Is everyone feeling kicks? This is my 5th and besides my 1st which I started feeling kicks at 18 weeks, every other one started early at 9 weeks. Sometimes would be every couple days or once a week until I got further along . With this one started to be the same trend but it's been about a month now and I haven't felt even 1 tap.i know they say oh its just gas that early but with me it's not. Especially since I have had a few kids I know my body. Anyway, I am a little worried and curious what you think and your experiences.
Rileysmom21 - 39 days ago
And yes! I'm with u girls! I am 36 now and omg I am just whooped! Lol I make all kind of noises every time I get up from sitting or laying lol
Plus my dr discovered I have hypothyroidism and they started me on medicine for that... Sure that has something to do with how beat up I feel....
Rileysmom21 - 40 days ago
Hi ladies! Finally re-joined, but have been reading comments for weeks ... I was a member here with my last 2 pregnancies and loved these forums! Hoping the action picks up some! So this is my 4th, super excited, go in 2 weeks for anatomy scan, hoping to find out the gender!!!
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