16 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 16 WeeksSize: 4.57 inches (11.6 cm)
Weight: 3.53 ounces (100 grams)
Baby is starting to grow hair on his scalp, it may even be dark in color already. With his body slowly learning how to function for itself, his kidneys have started to work and could even be producing urine.
Your little one's facial muscles are slowly developing and are now capable of allowing him to practice opening and closing his mouth. Frowns and smiles are also now possible, although it'll be several more months before you see them!
Activity is the word for this little jumping bean; with the waving of arms and legs, and even a few summersaults, your little one is very active.
Mom at 16 Weeks PregnantA more rounded belly means that your maternity clothes are now fitting you a little bit better. Your hormones are still in flux so you may find yourself breaking down at a sad or touching commercial. Certain songs, especially anything involving the words "baby" or "love" could just have tears springing into your eyes as you reach for the tissues.
Moody much? Mood swings and changes are just going to be a part of your pregnancy persona. Apologize in advance to those who are near and dear to you, before you snap their heads off over leaving bread crumbs on the kitchen counter. They'll understand; they might give you a wide berth, but they will understand.
Your doctor might suggest a few tests around 16 weeks; including an amniocentesis to determine whether or not your little one is at risk for certain chromosomal abnormalities, like Down Syndrome. If your doctor doesn't recommend doing an amnio then it is possible that your age and family history are leaning in your favor for your baby to not have any chromosomal abnormalities.
Going up bra cup size or is very likely. This is due, in large part, to swollen breasts. Your breasts start to fill in (and out) in preparation to produce milk. They may be very tender to the touch; even your nipples may be tender. A shower can sometimes be incredibly painful so take care not to let the direct spray of the water hit your tender areas.
An increase in headaches and dizziness are often reported by pregnant women as their blood pressure and levels of blood change. Talk to your medical professional if the headaches and dizziness don't seem to be subsiding.
Are you staying within your medical professional's guidelines for weight gain during your pregnancy? Not gaining any weight, or even losing weight are not impossible during pregnancy; however, if your scale hasn't even budged a little bit by this point then your doctor may want to run a few more tests.
A recommended amount of weight to gain by this point is around 5-7lbs. Any more weight gained can put you at increased risk for health complications.
Be certain that you are keeping yourself hydrated, especially if you are pregnant during the summer months. Being well-hydrated is an essential part to any pregnancy; dehydration can cause very painful leg cramps and can even bring on preterm labor. At this point, you do not want to go into labor.
Watch your weight. It's common to have a jump in your weight around the fourth month (sometimes as much as 6 pounds or more) that could leave your doctor in lecture mode. As nausea begins to fade, it can be easy to eat everything in sightójust try to make healthy choices and eat higher calorie foods in moderation.