Pregnancy Week By Week - 16 Weeks Pregnant

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You have officially gotten to the honeymoon phase of your pregnancy. Your baby is now the size of an avocado measuring about 12 cm and weighing about 100g. Your baby’s limbs are much more developed now and the bones that have already formed are getting harder and retaining calcium.

The baby’s eyebrows, lashes, and hair are now starting to fill in and toenails are forming. Your baby’s eyes are making side-to-side movements and perceive light, even though the eyelids are still sealed.

The tiny bones in your baby’s ears are fully formed, making it likely that your baby boy or baby girl can hear your voice at this stage.

Your baby’s nervous system is now working and the muscles are responding to stimulation from the brain which means that movement is being coordinated.

Your uterus has reached halfway from your pubic bone to your belly button and the supporting ligaments are getting thicker and stronger in preparation for your baby's growth. This is the 'feel-good' time of your pregnancy as nausea and morning sickness should have subsided and your mood swings will have lessened.

Some of the symptoms you will begin to experience are:

You may notice that you’re sleeping more soundly and more peacefully than you were just a few weeks before. You should also start getting used to sleeping on your side. Your doctor may advise you to stop sleeping on your back at this time.

Your hand and skin may also start glowing. You may feel your baby’s movements for the first time this week although you could miss it because they are just gentle flutters (especially if it’s your first pregnancy).

Soon, you’ll start feeling baby moving around in your 16 weeks pregnant belly. At first, those moves might feel like gas or a muscle twitch, but over time, as baby gets bigger and stronger, they’ll be unmistakable.

While the risk of miscarriage is much lower in the second trimester than it was in the first, you should never ignore spotting, bleeding or severe abdominal pain.

You can also read 15 weeks pregnant

Source: The bump, Healthline