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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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sher-baby - 9.6 hours ago
Is anyone else really gassy??? Normally I wouldn't complain but almost every night, the gas feels like it's tearing apart my stomach until it 'let it go'!! I know, it's gross but it's really really painful!

machala-b - 10.8 hours ago
Thanks babylove and sherbaby!

sher-baby - 11.2 hours ago
Hbd Machala!! I am looking really big too and my boobs are bigger! I wish my butt got a lil bigger!! Lol I wasn't blessed with a whole lot of 'junk in my trunk!' I have a job interview tomorrow and I have to find a way to not look pregnant..and stay that way for a while.. Until I feel it's safe for me to tell them. Ugh!! The joys of being in between jobs while pregnant

babylove5 - 16.2 hours ago
Haless I'm glad you are ok. Happy bday Machala!!I have football moms telling me my stomach looks bigger everyday. I have only gained 9 pounds. I guess it just depends on my clothes. I told the moms unless he is growing everyday then it must be what Im wearing. The only place I have put the weight is my butt and boobs. I always gain weight on my butt..ugh

machala-b - 20.6 hours ago
16 weeks today, yay! blessed to see another week and year, its my 25th birthday!! Yayy! HBD to me!. On the flu shot topic, I've never had it before, and don't plan on getting it. I've read some not so convincing things about it and heard some awful side affects. My Dr keeps telling me I should get it bcuz I'm pregnant but I have a 6 year old daughter and didn't get it with her so I'm def not getting it while pregnant with him.

halesss7410 - 1 days ago
Yea- just be surprised. If we have one more I will NOT find out the sex. It was super tempting for me because I have a friend that scans me for fun and she wanted to see the sex and I couldn't refuse.... I'm just not that strong. Now, if I didn't have her... Would have not had an option but to maybe stay strong through the 20 wks scan. The wreck sucked- all is well. I got a rental today and my car will prob get to talked because it's a 2005 and the dent is pretty big. I'm just upset because it is a paid off vehicle- I got spoiled with neither my husband or I having a note... Now a newer car will bring a note. We were hoping to buy an svu because we are having baby #3 anyways, but his car is old so now we will eventually have to get two vehicles and that stinks. It is what it is though. At least we didn't get hurt- my 1 year old was in the car as well and she is fine too.

floydianslip2 - 2 days ago
Wow Halesss, I’m glad you’re okay, how scary!

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Halesss- dang!! I'm glad you all are ok!! That really is the most important part! My cousin was t-bones a few yrs ago and she really messed up her back!!! (She got a really nice settlement out of it though, I must say!!) but hopefully ur stiff neck is just that and will be ok in a few days! I've been tempted to find out the sex only because buying neutral colored clothes is harder than I thought, but I think I'm still going to suck it up and let my self be surprised! :-)

halesss7410 - 2 days ago
On the flu shot topic, my 1 yr old has to take it because she has a blood disbursed and if she gets sick she would possibly have to get a blood transfusion. I used to have to take the flu shot yearly because it's mandatory to work in the hospital, I didn't really get sick- one year I felt crappy after- I think it all depends in your immune system... Mine was high from being around sick ppl for years. I am supposed to get my whole family the flu shot to prevent passing it to my youngest, but I put off getting my husband and myself and oldest done... I prob need to. Sooooo.... I got in a wreck today. There were two lanes that turn left to go under the hwy- her Kane was left only and my Kane was left or straight but I was turning and she read my sign and t boned me. Not happy. I was going to get a new car, bigger car anyways with baby 3 coming, but it looks like that'll happen sooner now. I got myself and youngest checked and they didn't do an ultrasound, just fetal heart beat... I guess I'm ok with that since I'm nkt feeling hurt. I woke up at 3am to pee and my neck is stiff and kinda achy this morning. Not fun. Now I have to take my car to the ship and get a rental ... Blah blah tomorrow- doesn't sound like a fun adventure. I just wanted to go grocery shopping and laundry. :) I'm 17 wks today. Man it's flying. Oh- and I'm glad I found out the sex although I started the pregnancy wanting to be surprised. It would have been the ultimate surprise since it's a BOY after 2 girls... But I'm happy I found out. Now I can shop for boy stuff and transition from the pink:) do a cute nursery:) and get my mind around all if this.... I have no idea how to raise a boy. Lol

Babylove5 - 2 days ago
16 weeks and loving the second trimester!!! Floy I don't ever take the flu shot. Make sure you are eating well since you are pregnant it weakens your immune system. You really need the food to stay healthy. My boys dr said that I should not give my boys the nasal flu mist since it is a live virus and could cause me to get sick since I wont take a flu shot.

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Floydianslip- lots may disagree with me but I had the flu shot once and I have never in my life been as sick as I was that year!!! Omg! Never!!! Ever since that time I have never had the flu shot and I've never been that sick. I have never given it to my daughter either and she has never been to sick to not go to school! She has had all the mandatory vaccines but I don't like the idea of putting more 'stuff' in our bodies. (Personal opinion..)

floydianslip2 - 2 days ago
I don’t believe this… I’m getting sick again! I can feel it in my throat and in my nose. I just got better from a nasty cold, and now I’m getting it again! I was going to get a flu shot this week too, now I’m not so sure if I should or not. I’m already feeling pretty crappy, I’m afraid that a flu shot might make it worse… what do you ladies think? Flu shot, or no flu shot?

Dec Baby - 3 days ago
BethQ...I'm excited for you! My last 3 babies have been big too almost 4.5 kilos and no GD...they have just gotten heavier with each pregnancy...I've managed to deliver my last 5 babies without any pain relief too! I haven't been against pain relief during labour, but because I've had a more positive approach to contractions, and also been in a good head space...I seem to just get through it somehow:) Anyhow...I kinda anticipate that this baby is going to be 4.5 Kg plus!

BethQ - 4 days ago
DecBaby--Plans are good so far! Baby is fine, I'm fine, no complications in this pregnancy so far at all. My midwife is amazing and very experienced with women of size, big babies, and multiple cesareans. I am sad too that it's really my only option for this organic, womenly thing my body is supposed to do, but it is what it is. I wish I had taken the time to really educate myself with my first babies. Then maybe I would have seen thru the nonsense and been truly informed enough to avoid 3 scars on my abdomin.

sher-baby - 6 days ago
ya, tell that to my POAS addiction!! LMAO!!! i'm hoping i can hold out too...its only 6 more months, piece of cake right??...LOL (ya right!!)

floydianslip2 - 6 days ago
Seems like grey and yellow are the neutral colors now! Oh well, there is plenty of time to get stuff still! Sher, you are a rock star for holding out, I have absolutely no will power when it comes to this! :)

sher-baby - 6 days ago
I won't be finding out the sex of my baby! And have been buying neutral colored stuff...but floydianslip, your right!!! It's not easy. Buying neutral colored furniture is no biggie, but's hard. I picked up an outfit yesterday only to put it back because it had 'handsome' stitches on a lil patch...and I was like 'yikes!!!...that was close' but not a lot of green...I'm lucky if i find beige and browns!!!

floydianslip2 - 6 days ago
Dec Baby, We are going to find out the sex in a couple of weeks. If we had one of each I would absolutely have it be a surprise, but as we have two boys and nothing but boy stuff I want to know if we need to be buying pink. Good luck on the gender neutral shopping, I tried looking and had a really hard time finding anything I liked! They did have a lot of rubber ducky outfits that were cute, but I was very surprised to find that there's not a lot of green out there anymore! Maybe it's a seasonal thing and more options will come out now that summer is passing.

Dec Baby - 6 days ago are your plans going for your home birth? I feel so sad that this is your only option to get a normal delivery! I so wish for you to be able to achieve it! Have you got a good experienced midwife?

Dec Baby - 6 days ago
We've kinda decided not to find out the gender of bubs...and I'm hoping i won't regret that decision:S Are you ladies planning on finding out the sex of your baby? I have lots of pink and blue but I actually don't have anything neutral for the hospital seems funny to have to go out and buy gender neutral suits! I think I'll go for light grey..haha

halesss7410 - 8 days ago
Yes- it's certainly flying by and I'm trying to soak it all in:) plus get so much done! I'm so aggravated right now. My mom was supposed to go eat lunch, her idea, and she bails 30 min before we were supposed to meet. Story of my life. I'm so hungry too. Now I have to settle for cooking lunch- blah:-/ I just wanted chips and salsa. Lol

floydianslip2 - 8 days ago
Beth, I was just asking myself this yesterday! I scheduled my scan for 11/4 and then it hit me how fast this is going because three weeks will fly by like nothing. I haven’t been eating a lot of junk surprisingly, but I did end up buying a turkey over the weekend and making it. It just sounded so good! I’m calling it my practice turkey since I’ll have to make another one in a month, that’s how I’m making myself feel better about it.

BethQ - 9 days ago
Week 16, how the heck did that get here already?! This has been the quickest pregnancy I've ever had, hands down! I can't believe it's already at the 4 month mark! Feeling pretty good, though I've eaten a lot of junk this week. Next week will be better, I keep telling myself. Midwife appointment on Wednesday, and we'll discuss when to schedule the anatomy scan. I already have had a good look and a good guess, but will be nice to confirm my suspicions officially. How's everyone else doing this week?

1st.time.momma - 17 days ago
Its really quiet in week 16. Hows everyone doing?

1st.time.momma - 24 days ago
If anyones still wondering what the facebook group is called just click the link and it should take you there.

klawest2 - 50 days ago
I created a Facebook group for all IAP mamas who are due in 2015 :) search 'IAP 2015' and request to be added! I was a part of the IAP 2012 Facebook group and still keep up with lots of the mamas I met there!

cutezilootz02 - 50 days ago
Yay week 16 how's everyone going? I've been experiencing really bad migraines but may be the cause of my wisdom teeth. Anyone know anything stronger medication I can take other than panadol?

NICOLA2010 - 63 days ago oh boy hmm he may be uncomfy on the floor can he lay on pile of blankets? i never got constipated with my daughter.. not much with my son either.. maybe cos i have two kids i dont get to take care of myself so much... i hope he sleeps better soon.. can u try the crib again? put new bedtimeullabye toy or something in his crib? - 64 days ago
NICOLA2010- I've been constipated as well this week..prunes work ok for me..but nothing really helps that much lol my doc says once you dont have a uterus pushing on your bowels it'll get better..gee thanks doc! haha..and yes i feel so happy i felt baby sure you will soon, no need to worry but I get it..I'm a worry wart when I'm pregnant can be frustrating! I'm off to week 17 today..if anyone is even in there lol looks quiet. - 64 days ago
NICOLA2010- the mattress on his floor is his crib mattress and then he has his bed as his other option! We didn't have a good night last night..he woke up at 4am and didn't go back down til at least 6 and woke again at 730 - he's a real treat today lol! It sucks cuz when he wakes up he doesn't want to go back down. which is SO unlike him..i hate having these issues we've never had them before lol!!!!

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago
blah so im constipated again.. buying prunes tommorow

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago ur lucky uve felt baby move.. im worried sillly i know.. as its early

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago did u try having him sleep on his crib matress or a different matress.. if his crib matress he may not like it

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago aww ur welcome we r in it together.. ive had some really rough times with my kids sleep situation.. oh wow and the floor is ok for him.. whatever works. right.. some kids actually like sleeping on the floor maybe put the matress beside him one day he may decide to sleep on the matress and then into an actual bed... my daughter whos almost 4 has never slept with a pillow lol.. and sleeps with blanket over her head.. she sleeps on her belly.. they r all different.. - 64 days ago
NICOLA2010- I also got my hubby to take over the past couple nights for bed routine because I was having a hard time..I wonder if that made a difference last night?? He didn't actually sleep on the mattress lol still on the floor but oh's a start..i don't care where he sleeps as long as he sleeps!! - 64 days ago
NICOLA2010 - thank you for the encouragement! I also forget I'm pregnant because I'm so busy with my son and my home daycare..i cannot wait to feel this baby moving! I have felt baby a few times now but not often enough to be completely sure and satisfied lol!!!

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago i will pop into week 17 with u too.. im 16 weeks and 1 day.. parenting sure can be hard.. i often forget im pregnant.. cos ihave 2 already... im going crazy tilli feel movemet and kicks.. i have a dr appt next tues.. dying to hear hb

NICOLA2010 - 64 days ago yay... i knew sleeping on matress on floor woukd be better.. slot of kids sleep on matress befofe going to bigger bed.. its weird how the prefer it.. im thinking i prob put my son on a matress when he outgrows his crib.. he already naps on a matress on floor right now.. prob use tht matress when hes done withr crib.. u did right thing not stayinv in the room.. i stayed in rm with my daugher prob why she kept waking in the night.. with my son i sit ona cbair behind his crib so he dont exactly see me when hes falling asleep.. so far hes been sleeping ok.. but may get smarter one day.. then im in the shit lol.. im planning on hopefully having hubby put him to bed instead one dsy thts how we broke the habbit with my daughter daddy put her to bed no longer woke in middle of night - 65 days ago
NICOLA2010- we've tried it all lol! He has special comfort toys, yesterday we let him cry and he only cried for 1 minute which was good and fell asleep on the floor moved him into bed, and he slept in his bed until 6 am this morning! First night in a few days he hasn't woken up in the middle of the night looking for us. It seems to work best for him to fall asleep on his own..i see a pattern if we help him go to sleep he wakes up numerous times looking for us, probably because he fell asleep knowing we were there! When we let him go on his own even if he has to cry a little he wakes up knowing we weren't there and seems to settle are right 2 1/2 year olds crying is so hard it's heart breaking! Last day in week 16 today!

NICOLA2010 - 65 days ago
... waking in the night several times.. so we brought this clock.. as for ur boy hopefully temporray as u were only away for little while.. hmm so hard cos he climbs out.. cos hes anxious and its also common to climb out of the toddler bed cos thy arnt trapped anymore. hmmdoes he have comfort toys? can u give him something of urs to bring to bed that he can snuggle

NICOLA2010 - 65 days ago ah crappy.. thats soo tough.. hmm yes matress on the floor is a good idea.. my son went through a stage of not wanting to sleep in his crib.. or by himself... so what i did and u could try this is to sit in his crib crwzzzy i know but it helped rebuild his confidence.. so i use to put him on matress but i use to nurse him to sleep, then i wesned him off and i just sat in a chsir snd he fell asleep.. its so hard letting them cry oit when thy r 2 years old... when we moved house my daughter was 2.5 year... old and was petrified of her new bedroom.. that i bad to stand innher room till she fell asleep... then she went through a stage of - 65 days ago
Thanks NICOLA2010 - The problem is we went away for a week and thats what started this insane sleep time! He has NEVER had any trouble putting him self to sleep or being a lone but he slept with us for a week up at the cottage and ever since then it has caused anxiety. So the anxiety and being so upset is what caused him to start on top of the new bed he is dealing with some anxiety!! We tried sitting with him but he WILL not fall asleep he just stays awake making sure we aren't leaving..we've been at it for over a we are letting him cry it out..its AWFUL and he sleeps infront of the door instead of his bed and doesn't really sleep he keeps himself awake!! We are going to put his crib mattress on the floor tonight as a second option for him if he doesn't want his bed yet..see if that helps! WIsh me luck I NEED some sleep!!! and thanks for the reassurance about the such a worry wart when I'm preggo

NICOLA2010 - 65 days ago thought about getting ur son an alarm clock thats ligjts up.. my daughter has one she gets up 7.20am every day.. it lights up with stars when thr child is asleep and lights up a sun when time to wake..sucess for many families and reasuring to know when ur child is gonna wakw

NICOLA2010 - 65 days ago
as for ur dreams i wouldnt look into it.. ur prob just very tired.. ive also been having strange abd messed up dreams.. and hard time fwling asleep.. u tend to be more anxious when prrgnant due to the hormones.. try n relax.. and i hope ur son sleeps better soon.. be consitent in whatver u choose

NICOLA2010 - 65 days ago hard times.. how old is he? can u sit beside him whilst he falls asleep? a pain i know.. hes prob just not use to the bed.. and makes him insecure.. or the fact he can climb out now is appealing and fun..hmm never had this issue yet.. i transferred my daughter when she was 2 and was fine.. i would give her her security objects.. and closed the door.. she was also very good qt going to bed.. ky son 21 months still in his crib.. i am considering outting him in a toddler bed.. but not sure when - 66 days ago
Ok ladies..what a horrible night. My toddler is having so much trouble sleeping these days we had to change him to a big boy bed because he was climbing out of crib and he just isn't barley any sleep..on top of it i was having HORRIBLE dreams last i was taken out by a rip current in the ocean and almost died out there..then another one i was dreaming i had all my famliy helping me put my son to bed lol but then i went to the bathroom (in my dream) and I started bleeding like I was getting my period it was so scary and felt so real. I wonder what those dreams mean :( ? I hope nothing bad.

NICOLA2010 - 66 days ago
minibubpink.. first of all i dont have a midwife and none r available.. ur unlikely to get a midwife in canada... secondky my first two babies were late and so i was induced.. and prob same again.. and thirdly knowone to take the kids from me for the night... otherwise i wouod

NICOLA2010 - 66 days ago
minibubpink... it means ur placeta is at the back thats usually where it is. some women have placenta at the front like myself.. when the egg implants thsts where the placents will be.. so when placenta is at the front it will be padded cos bsby is behind the placenta so u onky feel it at the sides at first i imagine.. and then feel at front more towards the end - 67 days ago
minibub(pink) - How exciting that you get to see baby again soon! I don't have my ultrasound even booked yet!! I go to my doc on the 25th and they will book it then..I cannot wait to find out the gender! I'm glad you are feeling well, and feeling baby! I felt baby two days ago pretty strong I was so excited..but i have not felt anything since lol..what a tease..I know it's early though so I'm sure in the next couple weeks I'll feel baby more often.

minibub(pink) - 67 days ago
Just a quick question? Has anyone considered a home birth? I am highly considering one because my sils best friend is a midwife and needs to do more training and had asked if I would be interested. I have had two very straight forward births previously and I am only 20 minutes away from the hospital.

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