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16 Weeks Pregnant

Perhaps the most exciting part of pregnancy is feeling your baby move. By 16 weeks pregnancy, you might be able to experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice “quickening” as early as 16 weeks pregnant, many don’t feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don’t be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby’s movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they’ll grow stronger and you’ll be able to feel them much more frequently.

The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You’re probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and “glowing” skin contribute to an overall sense of well-being.

Your baby is even larger by pregnancy week 16, a little over 4.5 inches long, and probably weighs close to 3.5 ounces. Your baby is planning on doing some major growing in the next few weeks. By 16 weeks, she’ll be able to hold her head slightly straighter, and her eyes will finally be moving into their final position in the front of the head. The ears are doing the same, and now your baby will be focusing her attention on complicated circulatory matters. Your baby’s heart is pumping 25 quarts of blood every day, not bad for someone smaller than a grapefruit!

Your baby is also starting to grow hair and will continue to do so as you continue your pregnancy week by week. You won’t be able to tell what color hair your baby has until after birth, and even then, your baby’s hair may fall out and change colors completely within the first few months of life! The same is true of your baby’s eye color. Some babies are born with blue eyes that gradually turn darker during the first couple of months!

By pregnancy week 16, the umbilical cord is now firmly attached to your baby’s belly as well, providing numerous nutrients to your little one. At this point in time, your baby’s legs are starting to grow longer than the arms!

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