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Pregnancy Week 16

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Week 16 fetal development image showing the fetal growth of your baby to date. Medical Illustration Copyright © 2008 Nucleus Medical Art, All rights reserved

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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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Xchloechurchx Apr 8, 2015 06:48:55 PM ET

I'm 16 weeks today, and getting a lot of pain and numbness in lower right side and all across the bottom of my belly. i also have pokey pains all over.

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Charlotte Mar 28, 2015 03:36:44 AM ET

I am 16 weeks 4 days and i feel like i'm dying. i can't stop throwing up and am nauseous. this is my 3rd child and i am 38. i have absolutely no energy and get light headed so easily. i think i was too old to get pregnant. i hope things get better soon. i am completely miserable.

Jennifer Apr 4, 2015 07:59:24 PM ET

I am 39 and 16 weeks 1 day. this is my 3rd, and i thought i was going to have so many issues with this pregnancy because of my age, but i am doing so well that i'm worried that something is wrong with the baby. :(

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Kim Mar 27, 2015 03:16:31 AM ET

I'm 16 weeks and 2 days according to my ultrasound i had at "8 weeks." i feel the baby kick alot! even my boyfriend can feel it on the outside of my tummy! i'm sure i'm 2 weeks ahead of what they think, but i will find out in 2 weeks when i go for my gender scan! this is my second pregnancy and i'm hoping for another little girl!!

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emee Feb 16, 2015 01:21:44 PM ET

I'm 16 weeks and 4 days pregnant. this is my first child. i have had two miscarriages before. i have not felt movement yet, and i'm worried about it.

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Rachel Jan 26, 2015 01:27:59 PM ET

Does anyone else think the image of mom and fetus looks further along than 16 weeks?

Ariss Apr 1, 2015 06:52:26 PM ET

Yes, i was thinking the same thing!

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katina Jan 15, 2015 07:01:56 PM ET

I'm 16 weeks and 6 days. i don't know if they will change the due date, but the day they gave us is june 28th. what day would it be?

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pooh bear Jan 15, 2015 12:16:58 PM ET

I am 16 weeks and 3 days pregnant. this is my first baby. i am a diabetic, so i'm going to a high risk clinic on jan 29th. hopefully, he will keep his legs open. lol

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Guest Nov 25, 2014 02:32:29 AM ET

Mbali, i'm also 16 weeks pregnant. i'm going for my ultrasound today. i hope to see the little girl i've waited for all my life!

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anne leon Nov 21, 2014 11:19:44 PM ET

I'm 16 weeks and 4 days pregnant. it's my first baby. i'm so exited. i can't wait to have him/her next to me. :)

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Guest Nov 19, 2014 08:25:14 AM ET

I'm 16 weeks and 1 day pregnant with my first child. i'm so excited. i just want to find out the gender already. i hope it's a boy.

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