Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Understanding Week 16
By the start of week 16, you will start feeling movements in the abdomen. These initial movements may feel like flutters but they are actually fetus moving around. This is an amazing feeling.
Now your baby is 16 weeks old. It is already 4 ¾ inches long and weighs about 3.9 ounces. It can now hold head up with ease. The facial muscles are developing and ready enough to make different facial expressions. The genitals are fully developed now and can be seen easily with sonogram. The baby continues to grow you may be able to feel the movements. The urinary and circulatory systems of baby are functioning. The baby can pump about 25 quarts of blood every day.
The risk of miscarriage is lower as compared to earlier in pregnancy. You will feel a distinct libido lift around this time. Your breasts have started producing colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby as soon as it breathes in this world.
Pregnancy Week 16 – Symptoms
The biggest change during this week is the size of your breasts. Milk glands will start producing colostrum and are more visible with increasing flow of blood. The waistline continues to stretch and expand. Pregnancy back pains will also start showing their first sign.
You need to talk to your healthcare provider about any queries, qualms, fears, or pains experiencing. Start shopping for maternity bras, now. Make a baby budget with your spouse.
Supplements for Week 16
It is important to continue with folic acid, iron and calcium supplements during this week.
Common Tests for Week 16
Ultrasounds are performed to ensure baby’s health. A trained ultrasound technician will conduct sonogram and measure and monitors your baby’s growth. Many medical practitioners also recommend the Multiple Marker Test (MMT or Triple Screen Test). The test checks your blood for specific protein and hormone levels and any potential genetic issues.
Do’s and Don’ts
Take up stress relieving activities and go for walks if your health practitioner allows you. There are many things you should take into consideration when it comes to keeping in good health. Have small portions of food every two hours and keep yourself hydrated. Include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. Avoid wearing high heels as there is a risk of losing balance. You need to avoid falls under all conditions.