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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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klawest2 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 29 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? - 29 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. - 29 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 - 30 days ago
blah so im constipated again.. buying prunes tommorow

NICOLA2010 - 30 days ago ur lucky uve felt baby move.. im worried sillly i know.. as its early

NICOLA2010 - 30 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 - 30 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.. - 30 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!! - 30 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 - 30 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 - 30 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 - 30 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 31 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 - 32 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 - 32 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 - 32 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) - 32 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.

minibub(pink) - 32 days ago
I am 17 weeks tomorrow. The sonographer did say that I would feel bub early because my placenta is at the back and bub is close to the outside what ever that means lol

NICOLA2010 - 33 days ago
minibubpink... aww how many weeks r u now.. ur so lucky to feel baby.. glad ur nausea has gone.. i wont be feelin baby for long time my placenta is at the front of uterus so it pads the kicks.. keep in to touch girl

minibub(pink) - 33 days ago
Hi girls it's been a while. Everything is going well now for me at the moment. Bub has just discovered it has arms as legs ans likes to kick. I actually felt it last night from the outside. The morning sickness has gone ( went about 14 weeks). This pregnancy compared to my others has been pretty similar although I ms was the worst with this one compared to the other 2. I am booked in for my 18 week scan on the 26so just over a week. Just a tad excited about it. Going to keep the sex a surprise. I found out with my other two and I have one of each so this one will be a nice surprise

NICOLA2010 - 33 days ago yeah i didnt gain ven really have nausea but as soon as i bit 2nd trimester i started feeling nauseus its very mild. im hormones r raging so much right not no wonder why.. and i find if i eat something small i feel ok again... i use to go on here in 2010 and was muuuch busier.. shame.. - 33 days ago
I can't believe how quiet this site is now!! I always loved peeking in on other week's last time, so i was checking them all out and they are so quiet!! - 33 days ago
This is my second pregnancy, and only 16 weeks in but this pregnancy has been different for sure, my sex drive is better ;), my m/s has lasted much longer, i've been much more exhausted but I think my toddler and work play a roll in that one, and i've been getting a bit of acne which i dont remember with my son.

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago
oh if ur interested ive kept a diary of this pregnancy so far on my page i also kept a diary of my sons also

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago
so those with kids what r ur pregnancies like compared to each other

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago
konepich.... lol... mine arnt too sore.. yes seems like my drive picked up.. with 2 kids its so hard to get into sex.. when ur both so tired oh no i hope ur son is ok thts so scary.. my son has a diary allergy he just got rash though.. good luck with the tests..

konepich - 34 days ago
Lol! I'm loving the conversations!!! Boobs and sex! OK so mine are perky but hurt like hell! Some days they look huge and others... Well not so much :( Sex drive? I wish I could put out for hubby pregnant or not. He's good abt not pushing it. I can't even have sex dreams so I'm jealous! They do say our drive gets more active in the 2nd trimester. I'm crossing the fingers that they do!

konepich - 34 days ago
So yesterday we had a scared with our second son. Apparently he has a food allergy. To what? We don't know yet. Gave him bendryal it didn't go away. Took him to the er and they gave h more bendryal along with another med. It didn't work at first. It took almost 2hrs for the meds to work and swollen to go down. Harrison never had any type of allergies before. :(

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago
3 more weeks till my ultrasound.. sooo cant wait.. my friend has 2 girls and is expecting her 3rd girl! wow lol

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago yep im not into showing my belly off either.. i was all for it.. the first two.. maybe cos its the 3rd i dunno.. dknt care about showing belly yet.. i think when bump is more larger look nicer - 34 days ago
Hmm so I was trying to wait to whip out my maternity clothes..but my pants even tights are just becoming a bit uncomfortable and don't look nice so I decided to pull out a pair of my maternity tights...and now i can't believe i waited lol i forgot how amazingly comfortable they are! I was worried they would make me look really big but they actually don't! Prob look less pregnant because they dont fit so tight haha! So funny the first time around i couldn't wait to wear maternity clothes and show off, this time i've been not ready to show off any belly. Anyone else feel that way?

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago
with ny son i have zero sex xrive and when he was born i didnt have a drive till a year after he was born!!! i got my period back 6 months post partum.. my daughter i had a huge sex drive but i also didnt have any kids at the time.. and could sleep all i liked.. my period came back right away post partum with her

NICOLA2010 - 34 days ago
i like sex in the morning bjtmy hsuabnd gets up at 4.30 every morning! and lesves the house at 5.30am..and weekends he still gets up early.. my sex drive is way more in the morning then nighttine.. i could also have sex in the afternoon of course i cant cos hubby is at work and my dsughter is around lol... i think the dreams r prob more in the morning.. its like i esnt sex but too tired lol - 34 days ago
haha - your post made me giggle! I too have been having a fairly good sex drive this pregnancy, which i'm pleasantly surprised about because i didn't with my son. So exciting I felt baby move 100% last night while sitting on the couch, and then this morning again!! I was so shocked on how strong the movements were this morning for 16 weeks, i didn't feel my son until 18-19 weeks, so im so happy and excited! This baby was super active in both ultrasounds and my son was a very calm baby in the maybe thats the difference! - 35 days ago
Nicola, I'm sooo jealous! I wish my boobs were perky :-( I'm normally small too but my poor boobies did not fare well after my son. I breast fed as well, for more than a year and a half actually. It seems like the bigger they're getting the more saggy and gross they get :-( They are getting rather large, however. How come you're having dreams with cute guys but no drive before bed??? Maybe you're burning up all your drive in the morning after your dreams. I've been having quite a few dreams myself but my drive has increased by a lot, makes for great mornings and a happy husband and wife...despite the saggy boobs and the nausea and the heartburn and the acid reflux and the constipation and the fatigue etc etc, lol.

NICOLA2010 - 35 days ago
oh yeh im normally quite a small bust.. but my boobies r so nice and perky right nos.. not bad after havjng 2 kids and bfeeding both.. they seem to grow everyday wake up they r bigger lol

NICOLA2010 - 35 days ago
anyone else been having sexual dreams.. i keep dreaming of being with a cute guy lol

NICOLA2010 - 35 days ago
kimbdrly.. i know sex may help but i just cant get into it.. my drive goes by end of the day.... last night i slept good - 35 days ago
Nicola, have you tried having sex with your hubby before bed? I have insomnia when I'm not pregnant but the stress relief from orgasm was the only thing that would knock me out no matter what. I'm sure your hubby wouldn't mind either, lol ...Also try eating kiwi. - 35 days ago
Chsaamanen, I hope this is a sign for you! I've been sick ALL day today which sucks because it doesn't usually show up until around 1:30pm. Yesterday I didn't get sick until about 3pm! Yay!!! I know it's just around the corner for us! :-) - 35 days ago
NICOLA2010- I hope it passes soon, I wish I had some advice for it but I've never encountered it that bad where I can't sleep..maybe once in a while but always passes..good luck! I didn't feel HORRIBLE this morning woo hoo..i started getting sick because I should have eaten sooner..but not right when I opened my eyes like normal..please be a new trend!!!!

NICOLA2010 - 36 days ago
ive been having anxiety issues its mostly when i go bed and everything is still and quiet.. i just cant sleep.. also insomnia.. i had also with ny son.. it passed when he was born

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