Pregnancy week 16

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How's the foetus at 16 weeks?

  • Longer arms, growing toenails
  • Your avocado-sized baby weighs about 100g and is about 10-12cm long from crown to rump.
  • Your baby's arm and leg movements become more coordinated.
  • Her eyes look forward, but don't move around much.
  • Her ears have moved from the neck to the head.
  • Legs are longer than the arms and toenails are growing.
  • The gender of your baby might also be recognisable now - but don't go crazy with pink, mistakes do happen.

What's with my body: Fluttering feeling

If this is not your first pregnancy, you may start to feel your baby's movements (fluttering movements called 'quickening'). 

You may suffer from nosebleeds – these are normal in pregnancy because oestrogen levels swell nasal membranes.

By now you will be visibly pregnant! Your womb is starting to grow up and out of your pelvis, so you may have a neat and noticeable bump below your belly button.

How your baby's growing:

Very soon you will begin to feel foetal movement as your baby's bones harden, and she starts a big growth spurt. If this is your second pregnancy you will definitely feel the movement around now. Your baby still has plenty of room: at this point, she could fit in the palm of your hand.

Fingerprints have started to develop on your baby's tiny fingers and your baby can now make a fist. The development of facial muscles means your little one may start squinting and frowning. If your baby is female, an amazing number of eggs - millions of them, in fact - are forming in her ovaries this week.

How you may be feeling:

Everyone knows that pregnancy often means bigger breasts, but your nipples may also deepen in colour as your skin becomes more deeply pigmented and may also feel tingly and tender. Surface veins often appear more prominent as blood flow increases throughout your chest.

To help prepare your breasts for breastfeeding, we advise massaging your nipples with nipple cream from early on and exposing them to the sun to toughen them up and prevent future soreness and cracking. Look for a nipple cream you won't have to wash off before breastfeeding.

Never has the right bra been so important. When buying a maternity bra, follow these must-for-bust tips:

  • Make sure your bra fits well and is supportive
  • Go for cotton rather than synthetics
  • Thick shoulder straps are vital
  • When trying on a bra, test it by opening each cup (for breastfeeding) with one hand
  • Avoid underwires as they could block a duct.

Tip of the week: Breastfeeding

Although it perhaps seems a little early to start thinking about it, start thinking and reading about breastfeeding. Many women believe that sore nipples are an inevitable part of breastfeeding, but in fact, the discomfort is usually the result of an improper latch and is entirely preventable. Much research has shown that breastfed babies make for healthier (and happier) children

Next: Pregnancy week 17

Previous: Pregnancy week 15 

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

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