16 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect


16-weeks-pregnantAt 16 weeks pregnant, you are really coming along and your baby is developing and growing at a very rapid rate. Many things are happening in your womb that you want to know about. When you know about how your baby is developing at this stage, it gives you a better idea about what you need to do to ensure that your pregnancy is as healthy as possible. You also want to know what to expect in terms of the body changes that might be affecting you at this point.

Your Belly at 16 Weeks Pregnant

You definitely have a noticeable belly at this point in your pregnancy. In fact, you are likely shopping for maternity clothes because your regular clothes are becoming quite snug, especially bottoms. In addition to the belly changes you are seeing, the following is also happening:

  • That pregnancy glow that you often hear about is starting to happen at this point
  • The nausea and morning sickness should be either gone or nearly gone
  • Your mood is more stable at this point
  • Overall, most women report that they are feeling much better by the time they reach their sixteenth week
  • Some women start to feel baby kicks at this point, but in most cases, this does not start to somewhere between 18 and 20 weeks

Getting an Ultrasound at 16 Weeks Pregnant

You are into your second trimester and your doctor might recommend an ultrasound to get an idea about how your baby is growing and developing. At this point in your pregnancy, your doctor might recommend a 3D ultrasound or a traditional ultrasound. In fact, you are often given a choice in the one that you would prefer at this stage. You will be able to see more if you choose a 3D ultrasound, but make sure that your insurance company will cover it before booking the appointment.

Your Baby at 16 Weeks Pregnant

Take a look at an avocado and know that this is about how big your baby is at this point. He or she is really starting to look like a tiny human. The baby is weighing in at an average of 3.5 ounces and has a length of about 4.5 inches. His or her eyes and ears are close to being in their final position, the legs are more developed and your baby has a more erect head. Toenails are growing and your baby is starting to pump more blood through his or her tiny body.

You now have a better idea about what is happening at 16 weeks pregnant. Pay particular attention to how you are caring for your body to ensure that both you and your baby have everything that you require for optimal nourishment. Eat a balanced diet and take a prenatal vitamin if necessary. You can also do some exercise at this point to ensure that your general health is as good as possible.


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