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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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supama - 9 hours 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. :)

machala-b - 9.5 hours ago
Does anyone have kids born in the same month? my daughter was originally due in May but Lil miss decided she wanted to pop out early an on the day of my baby shower in April '08, an Im due to have my lil prince April '15. I think its kinda unique tho

supermom87 - 20.3 hours 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 - 20.3 hours 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 - 21.7 hours 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 - 22 hours 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 - 22.1 hours 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 - 22.8 hours 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 - 23.6 hours 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 - 1 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??

supama - 1 days ago
Ugggh. Its not so much gas here, but ohhhh I HATE HEARTBURN! Ohhh the suffering begins. Well,we finally told family last wknd & i let it out at work this week (i cant hide it anymore). Then i find out 2 more girls are hiding it & due at the same well as 2 guys' wives. We're a pretty small, tight-knit company, so it's been an enlightening week, lol. The bosses are all my age with kids, so i really a blessed. Im just worried bc i'll just miss my 1-yr, so Im not really job-protected, legally. But ive seriously had to give in and totally wear maternity now. If i dont, its total belly, lol

sher-baby - 1 days ago
So it's 10:30pm here and gas is just tearing apart my stomach!!! WTH.....I hear it in my stomach but it's not leaving!!!! Uugghhhh the hurts soo bad!!!

sher-baby - 1 days ago
Omg!! I did the same thing yesterday! I bought a pair of maternity pants and just regular dress tops from target because I felt all the maternity tops 'looked' like maternity tops...where as a regular top (maybe in a bigger size) just looked like a loose fitting top!oh and I got a cheap blazer to also try and hide the bump! But I feel like it went good, thanks for asking!! I should know by tomorrow if it was successful or not. I have to say, for me, this is the most stressful part of this pregnancy is having to find a job before I start to show!!! With my daughter I had a crapy but good paying job, but it was the stress and BS of her father and having to move back home and etc. That was stressful! Now, I have my own house with my DH, things are good...aaaaaand I loose my job!!! It's like 'Uugh!!! Can I ever just have a stress free pregnancy!?!?' Oh well...everything happens for a reason and I try not to stress over what I can't change or control! Good luck and all the best on ur interview as well! Keep me posted!

machala-b - 2 days ago
Sherbaby how did your interview go? I have one 2morro and im scrambling for clothes to make me not look pregnant, if the interviewer don't ask if I am I'm def not volunteering. I hear its nothing employers could do after they offer you a position an u accept so hopefully my conceal clothing

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Babylove-my strange dreams seem to of subsided a lot. I was dreaming every night and they were all messed up, but since about week 12 I haven't have had many dreams. As far as the gas goes...I do eat a lot of fruits to try and keepe regular, and so far I've been quite regular and I don't like beans!! I don't know what I'm going to do about this gas!! It's soo painful.

babylove5 - 2 days ago
I have a lot of gas too. I try not to eat a lot of fruits and veggies since that makes it worse. No beans for sure! I have been having the strangest dreams the past two weeks. I keep dreaming about the past. They are always about people from my childhood and places I went. They are so real. It is so strange the dreams I have had since being pregnant. Anyone else experience this?

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Ive thought a few times that i too am having braxton hicks, but there not very strong. I will just all of a sudden feel pressure down there and my lower abdomen will feel harder than usual. but the past 2 nights i have had some of the most painful gas...OMG! sometimes it takes my breath away, it hurts soo bad! and its been at night both times. i've been drinking tea after dinner to try and settle my stomach, and last night i had to put a heating pad on my upper stomach to try and get dome relief, praying to just fart or burp or SOMETHING (maybe both!!)but nothing seemed to help!! This could all be caused because i'm eating like a pig...but i'm always hungry!! i try to snack lightly, but i'm still left hungry afterwards...i ate a whole papaya yesterday (yes, very healthy) but i was still hungry!!! any suggestions are welcomed!!

babylove5 - 2 days ago
I was having Braxton hicks contractions while shopping. They would start in my back as mild pain and then tighten the front. I thought maybe it was the walking. They kept coming back and I called my aunt she's a RN she said to drink water and they stopped. I had them w all my pregnancies but they bothered me yesterday. I guess I need to drink more water.

supermom87 - 2 days ago
Hello week 16 glad to be here in getting bit on edge I wanna know what I'm having but my Dr won't tell me until I am 20weeks I start progesterone shots today yaay... Not those things are painful after a while getting them once a week

sher-baby - 3 days 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 - 3 days ago
Thanks babylove and sherbaby!

sher-baby - 3 days 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 - 3 days 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 - 3 days 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 - 4 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 - 4 days ago
Wow Halesss, I’m glad you’re okay, how scary!

sher-baby - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 10 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 - 10 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 - 12 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 - 19 days ago
Its really quiet in week 16. Hows everyone doing?

1st.time.momma - 26 days ago
If anyones still wondering what the facebook group is called just click the link and it should take you there.

klawest2 - 52 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 - 52 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 - 66 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? - 66 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. - 66 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 - 66 days ago
blah so im constipated again.. buying prunes tommorow

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