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16 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Your Baby at 16 Weeks Pregnant

Sitting tall. Thanks to strengthening muscles, your little one is working on lifting the head and neck from their curved positions. Being able to straighten out a bit makes sitting up a possibility.

Action figure. Your fetus is pumping those little arms and legs frequently this week. Sometime between now and 20 weeks, you may be able to feel movement for the first time. But don't worry if you can't sense anything yet. 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 at this time.


Your Pregnancy at 16 Weeks
 

Taking sides. Most health care providers recommend that you sleep on your side during pregnancy. As you might have notice, sleeping on your belly is pretty much impossible at this stage. It's thought that lying on your back can increase pressure on the vena cava, the blood vessel that returns blood to your heart. Lying on your left side is best since it increases your circulation, which can help minimize your chances of getting edema (swelling), varicose veins, and other ailments related to poor circulation.

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.


Timely test. Now is the time to speak with your healthcare provider about the pros and cons of the AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) test. This simple blood test screens for birth defects like Down syndrome and spina bifida, and must be performed between weeks 16 and 18. 

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Sleeping

KiKi 4/24/2016
My doctor of over 7 years ( same doc when i had my first child ) stated that even if you wake up on your back that the baby is still okay. Sometimes my legs start to hurt when i sleep on my sides to long, so i tend to sleep on my back for a little to give my legs some rest.

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grandma 4/10/2016
Love the details

Sleeping

Tuttie 1/26/2016
It's hard sleeping on my side every night. I wake up a lot of mornings on my back.

Movement

Mamma 1/14/2016
When do you feel your baby move stronger.

16 weeks

nana 11/17/2015
i'm 16 weeks pregnant with my 4th child, we have 3 boys and thanks to genetics, we found out we are having a baby girl; since I'm 38 year old, my doctor advises me to the genetic testing for Dow syndrome. Trisomy 18 and 13 and also for Sickle Cell and another genetic disease. Part of the testing also was the baby's gender. Also, this week I was feeling like the baby was moving, but then I thought to myself hat it was too soon; I did some researches online and find out that she could!!

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