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16 Weeks Pregnant: What's Happening

Start reading to your baby, she can hear you now!

Has it sunk in yet that you're pregnant? Many women say that it isn't until they trade in their jeans for maternity clothes and others start noticing their swelling abdomens that the reality of pregnancy sets in. For many, this realisation is both joyful and scary. The top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that support it are thickening and stretching as it grows. You're probably feeling a whole lot better as you settle into pregnancy, too your skin will be glowing and your hair and nails will be looking lovely.

Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks, they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.

Pregnancy calendar - 16 weeks

Your baby is now the size of an...

Avocado.

As well as being able to pull funny face your baby can now hold his head up. Your baby is now roughly 4-5 inches long, over the next few weeks your he will have a real growth spurt and will double in weight.

Your baby can now see light although, the eyelids are still fused He also can move his eyes from side to side and is even growing tiny little toenails. The tiny muscles in his body are getting stronger every day and he can now stretch out his limbs.

Pregnancy symptoms at 16 weeks

Backaches, bigger boobs, constipation, forgetfulness (#PregnancyBrain), glowing skin and dry eyes.

Tips and advice for pregnancy at 16 weeks

Your baby will now be able to hear when you talk to him, sing or talk to your partner. It is a lovely time for you or dad to start reading stories and talking to the baby as he will to hear your voice and find it really reassuring.

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