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This part of your pregnancy is quite exciting. Because the early pregnancy symptoms are slowly starting to phase out and you’re still not feeling too heavy, it is the best time to actually enjoy your pregnancy. During your 16th week of pregnancy, there are lots of changes happening to your body and you can expect to start feeling your baby move any day now.
16 weeks pregnant symptoms
For many moms-to-be, you’ll no longer feel the morning sickness or extreme fatigue. You’ll also be able to sleep better which means you’ll have more energy during the day. However, there are other 16 weeks pregnant symptoms you could be feeling:
- Brighter, glowing skin
- Shiny, thick hair
- Digestion problems
- Slight weight gain
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling forgetful
- Lower back pain
16 weeks pregnant belly
Your belly and just how pregnant you appear will depend on whether or not you’ve been pregnant before as well as your genes. For first-time mothers, it can appear like you’re bloated or just slightly gaining weight. However, if you’ve been pregnant before, a baby bump will probably be visible and so it’s best to announce the happy news.
While pregnancy weight gain will vary from one pregnancy to another, it is normal to have gained between 2-4 kg during week 16. Maybe it’s time to consider maternity clothes?
If you feel that sleeping on your belly is a bit uncomfortable or your doctor recommends against it, then you can start looking into pregnancy pillows to help you sleep on your side. Most healthcare professionals will ask you to avoid sleeping on your back as it can cause more pressure on the blood vessel that returns blood to your heart.
At 16 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of an avocado at almost 11.6 cm long and weighs roughly 100g. During this week, your baby’s nervous system is continuing to develop allowing it to start moving the arms and legs. That’s why pretty soon you should be able to start feeling those baby kicks!
16 weeks pregnancy checklist
- Exercise. Aim for around 30 mins per day as you start to get your energy back. You can consider swimming, walking, or yoga as they are low-impact exercises.
- Check out different pregnancy pillows for extra support to help you sleep on your side.
- Start looking into maternity clothes as your bump starts to show.
- Add fruits to your diet if you’re craving sweets.
- Eat a healthy/balanced diet.
- Start researching cribs, car seats, strollers, and baby monitors to help you get ready for when your baby arrives.
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Sources used in this article:
- Week by week guide to pregnancy – NHS
- 16 weeks pregnant – Flo health
- 16 weeks pregnant – Pampers
- Your pregnancy at 16 weeks – Medical News Today