16 Weeks Pregnant

Your baby has already reached the size of an avocado and will grow double in weight in the next three weeks. At the next doctor appointment, you will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat. You’ll now start to bond with her in several ways.

Baby developments at week 16

Communication between you two is getting more real: your baby can hear your voice and you might be able to feel kicking or some fluttering in your belly. If you started to feel the kicking, you will notice activity for even five minutes at a time, though your baby’s movements are quite tempered at 16 weeks.

Your ultrasound pictures will start to make more sense: your baby’s head is more raised, eyes are closer together and hair is developing, including eyelashes and eyebrows.

Taste buds are also forming when you’re 16 weeks pregnant. You will be really eating for two now. The umbilical cord is fully formed and the skeleton continues to strengthen.

Your body and lifestyle at 16 weeks

The fluttering sensation might feel unusual at first, but as it will grow in intensity, you will recognize the kicking. If you haven’t started to feel the kicking yet, it might have to do with the positioning of your placenta. Your doctor will analyse the placenta at the Growth Scan.

Nausea and the feeling of tiredness should have vanished by now, yet you might feel like you need to catch your breath as your lungs are getting crowded by your growing placenta.

Your breasts continue to grow and feel tender. Constipation and indigestion are common symptoms at this stage, due to pregnancy hormones. If you often experience leg cramps, try resting with your feet at a higher level than your body or massage your ankles.

Preparing for birth can be stressful for you and your partner. While this is normal, try to get informed on what you should expect and talk about it. It’s also a pretty good time to plan a mini-vacation, now that you are not feeling nauseous anymore.

Ultrasounds at 16 weeks

The Growth Scan is carried out between 16 and 24 weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. At this ultrasound, the sonographer will observe your baby and your placenta in detail and will take a series of measurements for comparison to the average data. This is useful for tracking the progress of your pregnancy and ensures that the development rate of your baby is normal.