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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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My ultrasound is scheduled for Feb 16...For some reason my doc said go at 18-19 weeks

liltyke7 - 3 days ago
Yeah! Week 16 today. Scheduled my 20 wk u/s for first week of March, can't wait!!!

loralb - 19 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 - 36 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 - 43 days ago
How exciting kelz.... congrats on your boy. Did you have any gut feelings? About what you were having?

kelz84 - 45 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 - 46 days ago
Hey there ladies... anyone have their anatomy screening scheduled mine will be 1/9/15... super excited

lauramcneir - 59 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 - 70 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 - 70 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 - 74 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 - 93 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 - 93 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 - 94 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 :)

supermom87 - 94 days ago
Saw Dr today I have 3 types of infection down there after having diarrhea ugh gross bacterial, yeast and uti Dr said it wasn't uncommon for a woman to have them after having the kind of diarrhea i had just nerves me out a bit baby is doing great hoping i get well soon and no more getting sick at least it was my appendix tho peace hope everyone is doing well

supermom87 - 94 days ago
I finally got my heart monitor in the mail I'm not sure how long I will have to wear it but its annoying already LOL and I'm going back to my ob today I think I have a uti ugh well wishes to everyone hope everyone is doing well

sher-baby - 94 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 - 95 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.

supermom87 - 95 days ago
Pumpkin my specialist wanted to do the same thing and tried get me to do cervical stitch I wasn't comfortable with any of it and they are respecting my wishes that I didn't agree with measuring the length of my cervix or cervical stitch tell them you don't want it done if they can't respect it then find another doctor and far as finding a Dr to do vbac I haven't found one yet that's willing do vbac cause they don't wanna be sued I'm not arguing with C-section this time cause I want my tubes tied

Sunshinebaby8 - 95 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 - 95 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 - 96 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 - 96 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 - 96 days ago
I don't even want to know how much I have gained so

sher-baby - 96 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!!

supermom87 - 96 days ago
I've gained 6lbs so far but I look so big that I feel like it's more than that lol

supermom87 - 96 days ago
Thanks I will call see what they say unfortunately I can't go today hubby has the truck but I can keep it tomorrow if they want to see me

Sunshinebaby8 - 96 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))

supermom87 - 96 days ago
I'm to point its cloudy when I pee and it stinks I'm wondering can uti make you feel this bad then again I worry about the others to I'm definitely going to say something to the specialist I'm going to see on the 6th see what they say cause they specialize in preventing preterm labor maybe they can help since my ob won't listen to me

supama - 97 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 - 97 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 - 97 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!

supermom87 - 97 days ago
I'm miserable 😢

supermom87 - 97 days ago
This is my second week of having the diarrhea on and off I thought at first it may be a virus but my right side hurts really bad to point I was screaming last night I got diarrhea and loss of appetite and dizzy spells low grade fever on n off ugh what ever it is its not fun and I wouldn't wish this off on anyone

Sunshinebaby8 - 97 days ago sounds like you have a virus. I'm sorry. Drink lots of water and rest up. I hope you feel better soon.

supermom87 - 98 days ago
Tmi but are any of you ladies experiencing diarrhea I've got it tonight and round 2 of it and it is so painful and I hurts so bad I've cried I feel nauseous til I quit exploding ugh please tell me I'm not alone

supermom87 - 98 days ago
Supama I always hated going through that I've had few close calls I try to cross my legs when I sneeze lol

supama - 98 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 - 98 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 - 98 days ago
Hello 16 weeks :)

supermom87 - 98 days ago
No kids with birthdays that close but I have my anniversary march 29 my bday April 13 and my lil sweet pea due April 9

supama - 99 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. :)

supermom87 - 99 days ago
I go see specialist again November the 6 and I know they will do an ultrasound I'm just hoping we get to find out boy or girl before 20wks the suspense is killing me I wanna know so we can start shopping baby clothes and stuff

supermom87 - 99 days ago
My 3rd was emergency C-section because of him being breech and so small then my 4th vas vaginal he was supposed to be planned C-section but I went into labor before my scheduled C-section they made me wait to long for O.R. I gave birth before they could do spinal block the 2 I lost was vaginal after that and this one supposed to be C-section plus tubes tied I hope this baby stays put and I make it this time my boobs haven't produced milk yet I keep feeling this bubbling feeling in my stomach tmi I fart and I'm like nope don't think that was the baby moving ehh and I also have this warm water sensation on my C-section scar and the crazy dreams I've been having lol I wake up like what then I go back to sleep

sher-baby - 99 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 - 99 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 - 99 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.

supermom87 - 99 days ago
All the mommies that have had a C-section I have a question do you ever get a sensation that warm water is running over the scar area I have had this problem I had my first C-section with my 3rd child never had this feeling with pregnancies after that til now just wondering if its normal

sher-baby - 99 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 - 100 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??

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