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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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beckym - 12.1 hours 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 - 12.5 hours 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 - 1 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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?

beckym - 5 days ago
I'll be here tomorrow!

skydive - 14 days ago
Thank you mai. Do you know what team are you yet or you prefer to have a surprise?

claraxx - 15 days ago
Thank you Ericalynn 😊

mrscephas - 15 days ago
16 weeks today. Tired but happy :)

xEricaLynn - 17 days ago
Aww, many congrats Clara! How wonderful! :-)

claraxx - 17 days ago
Hi mummies! I'm 16w2d now and found out I'm expecting a girl! I'm so happy! I also Have two lovely boys to be protective big brothers :) hope everyone is feeling great.

xEricaLynn - 21 days ago
OB didn't want to do gender scan on the 16th, because he didn't think we'd be able to tell then, so I'm having a doppler instead. Our gender scan is at 20 weeks on March 30. I'm hoping it's a girl, but just as long as he or she is healthy! :-)

maimai88 - 21 days ago
skydive- we don't yet know what we're having:) We have a scan coming up in two weeks, although not sure yet if we are going to find out or not. This is baby #3 for us, we have two girls already. Big congrats on your baby girl as well, raindrop! I think four of a kind is pretty special:)

raindrop0208 - 21 days ago
Congratulation skydive,πŸ˜„I'm having a forth girl too 😊

skydive - 21 days ago
Thank you mai. Do you know what team are you yet or you prefer to have a surprise?

maimai88 - 22 days ago
Congratulations on your baby girl, Skydive!! Did you go for an early gender scan to find out?

skydive - 23 days ago
We are having fourth girl. The name will be Lowenek ☺️

maimai88 - 24 days ago
How is everyone doing?! I haven't checked in for a few days here, we had a plumbing disaster and so I didn't have any time to get online. But everything has been fixed now, thank goodness. Has anyone decided on baby names yet?:)

charcharsuperstar - 30 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 - 38 days ago
Eek I have felt baby a few times. Getting really excited for march since March 23 I find out the sex!

flybear - 44 days ago
Okay it's scheduled for March 5th. Yay. Cannot wait! - 48 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 - 50 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 - 52 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!!! - 53 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? - 57 days ago
My ultrasound is scheduled for Feb 16...For some reason my doc said go at 18-19 weeks

liltyke7 - 57 days ago
Yeah! Week 16 today. Scheduled my 20 wk u/s for first week of March, can't wait!!!

loralb - 74 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 - 90 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 - 97 days ago
How exciting kelz.... congrats on your boy. Did you have any gut feelings? About what you were having?

kelz84 - 99 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 - 100 days ago
Hey there ladies... anyone have their anatomy screening scheduled mine will be 1/9/15... super excited

lauramcneir - 113 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 - 124 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 - 124 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 - 129 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 - 148 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 - 148 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 - 148 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 - 149 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 - 149 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 - 150 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 - 150 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?

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