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Pregnancy Week 16

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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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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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Tina c Jul 11, 2013 12:57:43 PM ET

Im also 16 weeks and 3 days im not sure if ive felt move ment or just wind, im thinking of names begining with e for boy or girl, any ideas thanks :-)

katie Jul 15, 2013 05:36:08 AM ET

Im also 16 weeks and 1 day and i like the name ethan for a boy. i just cant wait to find out what im having :-) good luck.

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melissa Jul 10, 2013 08:34:44 PM ET

I am 16 weeks and 4 days heard my babys heartbeat today on ultrasound it was very exciting

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Sara Jul 10, 2013 11:28:38 AM ET

Im 16 weeks and 4days due dec 18th hoping for a boy have a 5yr old lil girl who is hoping for a baby puppy man shes guna b upset wen she finds out its a lil human.. my fiance is soo excited be his first.child find out n a few weeks excited to go shopping

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popcorn Jul 10, 2013 12:46:01 AM ET

I'm 16wks 4days with my 3rd child.im huge,and i mean really huge.i luk like i'm 6mnths pregnant.fam+friends keep on saying i'm carrying triplets.my tummy below my breast till my naval is hard@times.below naval is soft.do i have anything to worry about.my app only in 3wks

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Kristle Jul 8, 2013 02:54:40 PM ET

16 weeks & 1 day :) this is my first pregnancy...no movement but i do feel flutters. i'm waiting to find out what i'm having! i def feel & look pregnant...no denying it lol

katie Jul 15, 2013 05:38:46 AM ET

Im 16 weeks and 1 day too.... and i think im feeling flutters but dont really know what im suppose to be feeling. have had a lot of wind so cant tell it apart. my belly is really big at night but small in the morning. is yours the same? i can wait to find out what im having. good luck with your pregnancy :-)

kayla Dec 19, 2013 11:05:07 AM ET

I'm about 15 to 16 weeks pregnant with my first child and i'm not sure if my stomach has changed any or not most of the people i see their stomachs are kinda big by this time.

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julianna Jul 8, 2013 12:17:22 PM ET

Hi everyone i'm also due in december! i'm due december 25 :) this will be my second i have a 7 yr old . this pregnacy is totally different from my first. with my first girl i was 17 yrs old and super skinny weighting 95 lbs now i'm 24 and i'm weighting 125 but problem is i'm not showing at all plus i haven't gained any weight at all is this ok is anyone having this same issue ?

Patty Jul 10, 2013 09:34:48 PM ET

Julianna, i am also due december 25!!

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Ronnie Jul 3, 2013 09:44:24 PM ET

Hello everyone, i am16 weeks and 4 days pregnant and also due december 15th. my main concern is that this is my 3rd pregnancy and i am not showing nor feeling any movement which is a first for me so naturally i am worried, should i be.................

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popcorn Jul 3, 2013 09:34:18 PM ET

Hi,i'm 1f wks pregnant 3rd time around.have a 6yr old boy and soon to 5yr old girl.been very panicky bout this pregnancy as my sis in law lost her bby nt so long ago.have an app on 26july and hopefully all is well.been very dizzy lately and i'm huge.its like i'm carrying triplets,lol.

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layc Jul 3, 2013 11:19:14 AM ET

Hey everyone. i'm 16 weeks and 3 days. i'm going for a private scan on monday. (july 8th). i already have 1 boy, he turned 5 last week. is there anybody else due december? i'm due december 15th :-) x

debbie Jul 5, 2013 08:18:20 AM ET

Hi i'm due 15th december too i have a 5 year old girl she will be nearly 6 when this one comes along although i'm a diabetic so hoping they set me off 2 week early again. x

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