16 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms, ultrasound and Baby Movements: You’re almost halfway there! Here ‘re a few things to have in mind during this week. Commonly asked questions: 16 weeks pregnant is how many months? Answer: It is 4 months!
What’s happening to your body at 16 Weeks Pregnant?
Your uterus should be growing slowly, weighing around 8 ½ ounces (250 grams). Besides that, there should also be an increase in the size of the uterus, as well as an increase in the production of the amniotic fluid by the body which helps in protecting the baby.
Previous week: 15 Weeks Pregnant symptoms
At this time, the body should contain around 7 ½ ounces (200 grams) of amniotic acid enveloping your baby.
Any woman that goes through pregnancy will have an increase in blood volume by 30 to 50%,which means, of course, an increased circulation throughout the body.This in addition to the excess of hormone production that overwork your oil glands will affect your appearance as you’ll look brighter and shinier.
You might be familiar with the term “pregnancy glow,” which can be explained by the details above. You can get an oil-free cleanser to treat your skin if you feel like it’s getting a bit too oily. But besides that, you should be totally fine.
So how much did your baby grow at 16 Weeks Pregnant?
When you reach the end of the week, the baby would be weighing around 2 ½ ounces (70 grams) and at the height of about 5.31 inches (13.5 cm).
What’s happening to the baby during this week?
The fetus is readying up for a spurt of growth in the following few weeks. Compared to previous weeks, the baby’s head is more erect. The eyes and ears finally reach their final positions which makes the fetus look more normal.
A number of the relatively complicated systems in the baby’s body would also become active. That includes the baby’s circulatory and urinary system. Having been at about 25 quarts each day, the amount of blood pumped by the heart would now become 1,900 quarts each day.
How should you plan out this week?
It should be in the coming few weeks that you’re going to have your next prenatal appointment. Your healthcare provider, this time around, may advise having a few tests. This can include:
- Triple test
- Alpha-Feta Protein (AFP)
Besides that, you and your healthcare provider may have to discuss a few things including:
- Childbirth classes
- Prenatal classes
- How to choose a pediatrician
- preterm labor
- round ligament symptoms
A few tips to make things easier
Here’s a fun fact for you, an expecting mother can start feeling the movement of her child inside her around the period of 16 to 20 weeks. If this happens to be the first time that you go through pregnancy, it can be delayed to the 20 week mark before you start noticing anything. The sensation of a baby moving is usually said to be similar to a fluttering feeling or the feeling of having gas.
You may have even experienced it without actually realizing it, because the number of times that it happens, in addition to the time of occurrence can vary from one pregnancy to another. So don’t bother comparing your pregnancy now to a previous one that you’ve gone through in the past.
Another thing that we’ll need to talk about is sleep. It is critical and beneficial for you to sleep on your side. After going through 16 weeks of pregnancy, lying on your back is not advised. So we recommend, again, that you use a bunch of pillows to support your body and make sure that you don’t fall on your back as you sleep.
A few tips for the partner
The partner can sometimes feel left out during this period as the mother starts feeling the movement of the baby inside her, which helps them bond as a mother and a child more and more.
To allow yourself to get into the same experience, we recommend that you take it upon yourself to read or sing for the baby to let that connection form between you two.
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