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Your Baby's Development This Week

Development has reached a unique milestone, as the baby and the placenta are now roughly the same size. Every day, the baby is looking more like an adorable newborn, with fat deposits building up under the skin, and the neck and head straightening more, also the eyes and ears have moved into their final position. The eyes can perceive light although the eyelids remain sealed shut. The heart pumps 25 quarts of blood per day, which may sound like a lot until you consider that by week 40, that number will rise to 1900 quarts a day! Baby's heart rate is twice yours. The activity level continues to increase as baby may be contending with hiccups, and is breathing underwater. The baby is now around 3 ounces, perhaps up to 3 1/2 ounces, and is 4 1/2 to 5 inches in length.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 16

You might be starting to 'feel pregnant' right now, and with good reason. Besides the growing baby, you are also accommodating a uterus that now weighs in around 8 1/2 ounces, a growing placenta, and the amniotic fluid weighs about 7 1/2 ounces. The 50% increase in blood circulation gives mom that pregnant "glow" you hear so much about. Also, the hormones influence the oil glands, and thus you might slide right past glow into downright shiny. Try using oil-free cleansers and make up products to diminish the problem.

Visit With the Obstetrician

The doctor might ask this week if you've been feeling any movement yet from baby. This exciting moment of pregnancy occurs anywhere from week 16 to week 20, depending on your build, position, and if this is first pregnancy. The way the movement has been described ranges from butterfly fluttering sensation, a bubbling, to a tickling feeling.

Another pregnancy side effect you might be dealing with now is congestion. Be sure to ask your doctor for some comfort tips for this annoying symptom. Most likely things like saline nose spray, nasal strips, using a humidifier, and placing petroleum jelly under nose, will be among the suggestions.

Preparing for Baby

The baby has now reached the point of development where gender may be able to be detected on a sonogram. Of course, a lot of this is luck, that the timing is just right for the baby to be in the right position so that the genital area can be clearly seen. Have you decided if you want to know the sex ahead of time? It's time to decide now if you haven't! While it might be fun and exciting for some couple to find out at the birth, many others feel it helps them to prepare for the child better if they know ahead of time. They can plan the nursery, buy gender specific clothing, and narrow in on name choices. Some even say they feel more closely bonded with the baby when they know their child's gender before the birth.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

If the glow of pregnancy seems more of a joke to you, perhaps you're feeling more shiny than glowing, or at the other end of the spectrum, feeling rather tired and faded, consider a mini-make-over day. Head out to the mall, to the department store cosmetic counters or one of the dedicated cosmetic stores and let them give you a free make over and some tips. It might just perk up your day, and should perk up your skin and make up routine. Best of all, it's free, as long as you don't indulge in buying every recommended product!

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Tammy Dec 7, 2017 07:14:14 PM ET

I feel sleepy all the time and i am sick. i don't keep food down very well. i wake up at night and then i just want to go back to sleep.

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Abigail Dec 2, 2017 09:26:34 PM ET

I'm 16wks, 3days. can't sleep at night. during the day i have lower abdominal pain, and back aches. hope it's normal. and the baby is far too active than i expected, i'm excited though.

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Stef DeKranes Nov 28, 2017 05:56:39 AM ET

This is my last baby. my 5th boy! usually i feel good but, this time i'm dizzy, headaches, pelvic pain (spd) sciatica, can't get comfy to sleep, and acne. i'm still tired, so no energy yet. but that also might be from working 3rd shift, full time. i wish i were feeling better!

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Mercy Oct 18, 2017 03:32:14 AM ET

I am 16weeks and some days but early morning for ng headache is to much and lower abdominal pain then once in awhile backache.bit my biggest worry is about the epith cells +5-10 pus cells. what could this be meaning?

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Salomey Oct 14, 2017 06:51:44 AM ET

i'm also 16 weeks 5 days and have been feeling a lot of pain in my lower abdomen. its giving me sleepless nights. but i can feel my baby move. thank god for this new life.

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Carina Sep 14, 2017 06:39:30 PM ET

I'm 16 weeks and 6 days pregnant. sometimes i feel pain on my left side of my stomach but, this pregnancy is very different from my two other boys. i get a lot of headaches and feel lightheaded.

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Nancy Aug 25, 2017 08:19:40 AM ET

I am 16 weeks and 3days today. no movements yet. my tummy too much stretched. pains on my left side on my tummy some days at night. i am worried since we r advised to sleep on our left side. please help. my tummy is stretch, makes me think of twins.

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Carla Jul 26, 2017 10:46:22 AM ET

I'm 16 weeks pregnant today. i haven't felt movement yet but, i'm pretty sure the baby is just fine. i also have pain in my lower abdomen. the doctor said it's completely normal. since i've been pregnant i haven't gained any weight but my stomach continues to grow. how is that?

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Tasha Jul 6, 2017 03:43:10 AM ET

I am 16wks and a day today, i am so excited, can't wait to know the sex of my baby, i am grateful to god for this 21years.

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Shelly Jun 6, 2017 08:19:30 AM ET

I am 16 weeks also and i haven't felt anything, but the doc said its ok as along as you hear the heart beat at the doc visit. it could take up to 20 weeks, especially if it's your first baby. but just to make sure, see your doctor.

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