What to do when you're 16 weeks pregnant? We'll help you answer all your questions about Pregnancy in Week 16.
Your baby’s new playmate – the umbilical cord!
Are you too impatient to feel that kick? Note that most first-time moms may not be able to feel their baby move even after the 20th week. The reason why you may not feel any movement inside your uterus now is because your baby is still extremely small. That said, let’s not forget that your baby is growing and developing at his own pace. He now weighs about a 100 grams and measures to about four and a half inches. His little heart, which is still beating twice as fast as yours, is also now pumping out 25 quarts i.e. approximately 50 pints of blood every day. The amount of blood being pumped will steadily increase throughout the duration of your pregnancy.
A few weeks prior to this, your baby had learned how to move his arms about and even learned how to clench and unclench his fist. At this very moment he might very well be playing with the umbilical cord and gently tugging at it too. The umbilical cord in turn is also growing stronger and thicker day by day. What will eventually turn into his Cupid’s bow has taken shape as well. The placenta is also growing as it needs to house the blood vessels which are responsible for exchanging nutrients and oxygen between your baby’s body and yours.
As your baby’s backbone is developing swiftly, he is significantly able to straighten out his back and neck more. At this stage of your pregnancy, your baby’s nervous system is also taking purposeful developmental strides. Your baby’s urinary and circulatory systems are also working at full gear.
Week 16 Symptoms
Lower back pain
What you may be facing could be the Pelvic Girdle Pain. This is an umbrella term for all the pain happening in regions near the pelvic area. You may be in pain as your joints are not moving properly. Get a gentle massage and do not forget to stay fit.
Your legs maybe cramping because of the sudden weight that you have gained recently. It can also be said that as your baby is growing in size, the nerves and blood vessels that go to your legs may have added pressure put on them.
Feeling conscious about your body
Trust us, it is all in your head. You were used to your body looking a certain way and since pregnancy changes what you look like, it takes you out of what you are comfortable with. Be strong and learn to love your body, just the way it is.
As your skin is stretching every day, it leads to all the itchiness, specially on the breasts and stomach. Another reason to this is ‘Eczema’. Eczema is a medical condition which leads to blisters in the skin and makes the skin rather rough. The good news is, there are plenty of safe remedies and medicines easily available for eczema.
Your Body in Week 16
Marching ahead in the second trimester!
It is amazing how your body changes every week within the course of your pregnancy. Since you are in what the world generally refers to as “the best trimester of pregnancy”, you may be feeling relieved and not finding too much to complain about. Well, that is a great thing and we urge you to be grateful and enjoy the moment. How is your weight gain so far? Remember, if you focus on good diet and regular exercise, you will be good in the long run. You could keep track of your weight gain in Mylo Weight tool. We hope you are flaunting that pretty new bump in some lovely new clothes, too. Second trimester is also a good time to make up for all that you could not do in the first 3 months. Yes, this is the perfect trimester for some romantic dates and outings with your partner. Now is also the time to find out more about maternity policies at work, insurance coverage etc.
Learning from experience
As your pregnancy is progressing, it is probably a good idea to connect with people who have been through similar symptoms. Your friends, aunt, cousins – it could be anybody. This will help you keep your anxieties away about the whole ‘pregnancy’ experience.
Managing the changes
By the way, are you brushing twice a day and gargling with an anti-bacterial mouthwash often? If you are not, stop reading this for a little while, go use that mouthwash and come back. But really though, how are you feeling this week? Feeling a little itchy all over your body? Feeling not so confident about your body? Do you feel that your lower back is aching more often now? Are your legs cramping up more than you would like it to? We will find out more about these in the symptoms section.