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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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Guest Oct 13, 2014 03:47:25 PM ET

I am 16 weeks 3 days preggers! this is my first baby, and i'm due march 27th! i have not felt any movement, but i find the sex out on november 12th. i am ecstatic. i have been blessed with not many symptoms, outside of growing and hunger! i can't stop eating and growing! congrats to all of you! we are so blessed!!!

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Donna Oct 13, 2014 02:05:21 PM ET

I forgot to say how far along i am now. i am 16 weeks and 4 days.

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Donna Oct 13, 2014 02:04:23 PM ET

My first scan was when i was 11 weeks and 6 days pregnant. i haven't seen my midwife since. my next scan is not until the 31st of this month. i think this is too long to wait to double check that everything is okay. i have had a miscarriage before, and i know it's normal to worry, but my friends are seeing there midwife regularly and having more regular scans than me. i think it's shocking how i have to wait more than a month to hear a heartbeat, or to see my growing baby when my friends are at the same hospital and use the same midwife. i just wanted to know if anyone else has had to wait as long as me. thanks

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jazzbaby Sep 20, 2014 06:16:06 PM ET

Hi everyone. congrats on y'all bundles of enjoy!! well i haven't had any pregnancy symptoms yet. well i'm 16 weeks and 5 days. i felt my baby move for the first time just this morning. i was so excited, i couldn't go back to sleep, then it just stopped. i started crying. this is my first child by the way. i can't wait to find out what i'm having. hoping it's a little girl.

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Jessica Martin Sep 9, 2014 02:14:22 AM ET

I'm 16 weeks 3 days and due february 20th! first pregnancy :) i'm hoping for a boy. i definitely feel pregnant. headaches, nose bleeds, sore feet and back, crazy mood swings, hungry all the time, feeling little flutters from baby :) i just lay still on my back and can tell when he's moving around/kicking. haven't had an ultrasound yet, but have one this friday!! very excited :) any tips on how to please the constant hunger?

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Felicia Jul 18, 2014 05:21:11 PM ET

I am 16 weeks and 4 days pregnant, and i am due on december 29, 2014. i heard the baby's heartbeat today, and i almost cried. i have a seven year old daughter. i hope it's boy.

VANESSA MOORE Sep 6, 2014 12:55:34 PM ET

Did you have a boy? :-d

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Kiyoko Jul 7, 2014 01:50:58 AM ET

I'm 16 weeks 5 days. my baby is due december 16, 2014. i lost over 20 pounds and still haven't gained any baby weight. i wasn't able to hold anything down from weeks 5-10. but at 14 weeks, i started feeling like myself again. this is my first pregnancy ever and i'm so excited to find out my boo's gender in two days!

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Thato Jul 1, 2014 08:56:07 PM ET

I'm 16 weeks with my 2nd child. i have a 5 year old boy. my stomach hasn't shown i'm pregnant yet, and i've lost 12kg. i guess it's all because on my first trimester. i couldn't eat anything but fruits, but since last week i can bear the smell of food. my doctor thinks it's a good thing i've lost weight but i think different. i'm due 14th december 2014.

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Tay Jun 24, 2014 08:04:25 PM ET

Hi. i'm 16 weeks and 5 days due december 4, 2014. this is my first baby. i got to hear it's sweet little heart beat today and unfortunately i'm gaining more weight than i should be. :/ but, baby is healthy. i think i feel movement but i can't tell for sure.

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Ebby Jul 23, 2013 07:24:06 AM ET

Im 16 weeks pregnant with 2nd child, my daughter is 4 yrs and am very big. due on 09 feb, am praying for a natural delivery this time as my first was emergency c-section. labour was not progressing. would like to get a feel of how it goes doing it the natural way but scared. i have back and abdominal pains, my right leg hurts. otherwise l feel good with all the first trimester symptoms gone. cant wait to find out the gender in about three weeks congrads to the royal family!!!!!!

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