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16 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

16 Weeks Pregnant

16 Weeks Pregnant
16 Weeks Pregnant

Here’s what to know when you’re 16 weeks pregnant:

Your baby is 4.6 inches and weighs 3.53 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Hacky Sack.

Your Baby at 16 Weeks

  • Developing taste buds: Your future foodie is starting to form taste buds. Tiny pores on the tongue have developed, and your baby is tasting and swallowing salty amniotic fluid as practice for future meals.
  • Toenails: Little nails are starting to sprout on baby’s toes. They should be fully grown around 34 weeks.
  • Umbilical cord: The umbilical cord is now fully developed. It normally has one vein and two arteries to keep baby growing and healthy, and is insulated by a thick goo called Wharton’s jelly. (Sounds gross but is necessary.)
  • Hearing: Teeny bones are developing in your baby’s ears, which means they can hear your voice. Talk away!

16 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

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💛 Congratulations 💛

You have 168 days left of your pregnancy! That’s about as long as the regular NBA season.

Pregnancy Symptoms at 16 Weeks

  • Pregnancy glow: Increases of blood flow and the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin really do make some pregnant women look dewy and fabulous.

  • Breakouts: Oh the irony. The same factors that make some women glow can cause oily skin or acne during pregnancy instead. Run any acne products past your doc before using them; some aren’t safe for pregnant women.

  • Shortness of breath: With more progesterone, your body is tricking you into breathing more often and more deeply to get oxygen in, so you may feel winded from time to time. Also as the baby grows, they will push on your lungs and make it hard to take full, deep breaths. It’s OK to take breaks or go a little easier on yourself.

Are You Glowing Yet?

Whether or not you’re feeling glowy at this point, you’re bound to pick up a few other changes to your look that aren’t too shabby—a nice to bonus after the morning sickness and fatigue of the first trimester! These are common pregnancy symptoms that many women experience that may have you doing a double take in the mirror:

Thicker hair: Hair strands may noticeably thicken, and strand shedding may reduce, causing you to feel like a shampoo model.

Faster growing nails: You might find those nails growing at lightning speed. Perfect excuse to get a mani.

Bigger boobs: Milk ducts are prepping for baby’s first meals by growing and filling with colostrum (a thick, yellowish substance). You may find yourself with some newfound or boosted cleavage.

What’s Up with the Stuffy Nose?

Have a box of tissues handy? If you feel like your nose is stuffier lately, it’s probably not your imagination. Pregnancy rhinitis affects between 18 and 42 percent of pregnant women—this is if you have a runny or stuffy nose and no other symptoms.

Just like practically everything else going on during your pregnancy, hormones are to blame. An increase in estrogen makes the nasal passages swell, and in turn, more mucus is produced. A decongestant may help—ask the doc which are safe for you to take—but there are natural remedies that may give you relief too. These include:

  • Staying well hydrated
  • Running a humidifier
  • Breathing steam from the shower
  • Raising your head with an extra pillow while you sleep
  • Using saline nose drops or a spray to clear your nasal passages

If you experience it, know that it will usually go away after baby is born.

Top Tip for 16 Weeks Pregnant

Ask if you can run to the bathroom to give your urine sample when you arrive at the OB office. That way, you don’t have to hang out in the waiting room with a full bladder.

What’s Happening with Your 16 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At your next appointment, your OB or midwife will probably start measuring your fundal height. It’s basically the size of your bump, or the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus. This measurement is a non-invasive way to make sure baby is growing properly and amniotic fluid levels are about right. (And we love non-invasive evaluations.) Your fundal height measurement should be equal to your pregnancy week, plus or minus two, in centimeters. So if it were to happen this week, you’d ideally be measuring between 14 and 18 centimeters. At week 20, you’ll probably measure 18 to 22 centimeters.

Your baby’s prepping for a growth spurt over the next few weeks, so don’t be surprised if your bump drastically changes too. You’ll feel baby’s movement more strongly and distinctly as time goes on too. If you’re not sure what you’re feeling just yet, rest assured that soon those kicks and jabs will be unmistakable.

If you’re not already sleeping on your side, it’s probably time to make the switch. That’s because sleeping on your back can compress the vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from your baby back to your heart. Doctors says sleeping on the left is ideal for getting nutrients to baby via blood flow—obviously, it can be hard to control your sleeping self, so consider it extra credit if you make that happen. Get one of those squishy body pillows to help make side snoozing a bit more comfy.

Partner Tip

Make way for the body pillow! Your pregnant partner will have a heck of a time getting a good night’s sleep, so welcome any props and pillows into the bed with open arms.

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So You’re Gonna Have a Baby Shower

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Baby showers are a great way to let your friends and family support you during this HUGE rite of passage. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind:

Who should host: Whoever wants to should do it, probably your sister, bestie or close aunt. Traditional etiquette says it shouldn’t be hosted by the mom-to-be or the grandma-to-be, but most people don’t care about those old rules any more.

When to have it: Six to eight weeks before your due date is a good rule of thumb.

Whom to invite: Sisterhood is powerful, and women-only showers are most common. If you want some real talk (and to cut the guest list in half), keep it ladies only. That said, some women would prefer to celebrate along with their male friends and family members, so if your partner wants to join and you’re down, feel free to open the doors to all. Or have two showers.

Here are actually fun games to play and a few more pro tips for making it a great day.

Fun Fact

Your brain does change during pregnancy, but “pregnancy brain” has not been proven. The changes help you focus on your baby. That forgotten grocery list might be a side effect, though.

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Week 16 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Baby shower time is quickly approaching. First steps: figure out who is going to host and where. Pick a date and help them with the guest list.
  • Schedule a self-date. See a matinee movie, get a spa treatment or just relax at home.
  • If you’re struggling with pregnancy acne, try a cold compress as a simple and soothing remedy.
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