Everything goes on, as usual, the second trimester continues to make you happy with the lack of toxemia and mood swings. The kid is growing rapidly, the belly becomes rounder, and the expectant mother enjoys this serene time.
Those who are pregnant with the second baby have all chance to hear the fetal movements. Your appetite is excellent, and you do not run to the bathroom so often- this is a wonderful state. It’s time to prevent stretch marks and excess weight.
Your baby is as big – As an AVOCADO
LENGTH – 4.17 in – WEIGHT – 2.56 oz
16 Weeks Pregnant: Signs and Symptoms
A normal pregnancy at this time should not be overshadowed by any pain or malaise. There can be light dizziness and fatigue after some activities, but no pain in the abdomen. If you notice something like that or you just simply feel bad, you need to consult a doctor.
The breast is increasing, but it becomes less sensitive. If it could even disturb your sleep, now, most likely, this effect will be gone.
At this time some women can feel the movements of the baby. Very often a woman doesn’t realize that she already does. Baby’s pushes may resemble light movements as if butterflies flutter inside of you.
Being 16 weeks pregnant your belly bulges noticeably if you have no obesity. During the second pregnancy, the bump will be more noticeable because muscles and ligaments are stretched.
Quite possibly, the strip, which leads from the navel to the pubis, will become darker. Pigmentation may occur even on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and around the eyes. The pigment melanin accumulates in the code, but it is not dangerous. After birth, these changes will disappear.
The breast is bigger, make sure that the lingerie is comfortable, not tight. Pay attention to the condition of the teeth and gums, with some problems do not hesitate to visit a dentist, now is the most suitable time.
16 Weeks Pregnancy Ultrasound
At this stage, a doctor may send you for a blood test that will assess the level of alfa-fetoprotein, unconjugated estriol, and hCG. The study of these substances can reveal whether a fetus has some chromosomal abnormalities. But even if this analysis is unfavorable, this is not the final diagnosis. In this case, the procedure of amniocentesis will be assigned.
Amniocentesis – is a selection of amniotic fluid samples, the analysis gives the possibility to diagnose at least 40 possible fetal malformations. The procedure is not safe, so the woman has every right to refuse it.
Fetus on the Sixteenth Week of Pregnancy
Your baby can already hold his neck straight, he has learned to turn the head. The heart works intensively, and the liver has begun to perform its digestive function. The kidneys and bladder are also involved in active work. Your baby pisses every 45 minutes.
During this period, a doctor can tell you what happens in the circulatory system of your baby. Blood composition has been completely formed: a blood type and the Rhesus factor can be already determined. Fetal hemoglobin is still produced in the blood. However, only six months after the birth of the baby normal hemoglobin will replace that fetal one.
16 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures
Check out what the bellies look like at the sixteenth week of pregnancy.
Weight Gain: Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Queen And Dine Like a Pauper.
By this time, a woman has gained 2-2.5 kg. But there is still no extra weight. Try to eat 4-5 times a day, portions should be small. Never skip breakfast: it should be nutritious and healthy. Dinner may be light. And you should significantly limit salt consumption.
We Are Becoming Optimistic
The hormonal background has been established: the woman is calm and tranquil. Many moms-to-be are full of energy, their thoughts are optimistic, they want to do so much!
Anxiety is in the past: the second trimester is rarely accompanied by miscarriages. If you are not superstitious, you can already buy clothes for your baby. And even though you do not even know the sex of the child, you can start with neutral shades.
Born in Belarus, 1985, a pedagogue and family psychologist, mother. Taking part in procedures of social adaptation of the foster children in new families. Since 2015 is a chief editor of the motherhow.com project, selecting the best and up-to-date material for those, who are planning, expecting, and already having babies.