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16 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 16 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a small apple (length: 4.5-4.75”; weight: 100grams).

Sitting tall. Thanks to strengthening muscles, your little one is working on lifting his or her head and neck from the curved position.

Action figure. Baby is pumping those little arms and legs furiously this week. Sometime between now and 20 weeks, you may be able to feel movement for the first time. That said, your little one is still very small – about 4.5 to 4.75 inches long and just under 3 ounces – and the cushion of amniotic fluid can make it difficult to feel movement just yet.

Your pregnancy at 16 weeks

Taking sides. As you might have noticed, sleeping on your belly is getting harder at this stage. It's also thought that lying on your back can increase pressure on the vena cava, the blood vessel that returns blood to your heart, so lying on your left side is best. Sleeping in this position increases your circulation, which can help minimise your chances of developing edema (swelling) and varicose veins.

Heavy breathing. Out of breath crossing the room? Pregnancy hormones cause fluid to collect in your lungs, making it harder for you to draw big breaths. Later on, your growing uterus will compound the problem by placing pressure on your diaphragm and reducing the space in which your lungs can expand.

Did you know? Are you feeling your baby moving? Those well-developed little arms and legs are moving frequently now, so you’ll notice baby’s activity in the next few weeks. Your little one is also beginning to hear, so these movements may be in response to sound.

Quick tip for mum: Now is the time to enjoy being pregnant! Those bothersome symptoms of early pregnancy are likely gone, and you probably have more energy. Enjoy this time by staying active with walks, a swim or a yoga class. And now that you’re starting to look pregnant, treat yourself to some maternity clothes to show off your new shape.

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