Your Pregnancy at Week 16by Your Baby Club
Your baby can now hear you!
your baby this week:
Your baby is growing fast! Muscles are growing stronger too, enabling them to stretch out a bit more with semi-controlled movements. Their face is now complete with eyelashes and eyebrows, and their eyes are making small movements left to right and can notice light through their still-sealed eyelids. What’s more, your baby will be more sensitive to touch, so touching or poking your belly may cause them to react with a kick or poke back!
Everyone feels their baby's movements at different stages, but you may be starting to feel tiny flutters as your baby continues to flex their muscles. Don't worry if you haven't felt anything yet - at 10-11cm long, your baby is still small so it may be a while yet!
What is your singing voice like? Do you know that your baby can now hear you when you’re singing in the shower? All the noises on the outside world are travelling through, and your baby will be hearing the muffled noises of everyday life.
Don't worry though if your singing voice could scare cats, your baby loves the sound of your voice and of those you’re in regular contact with.
Nothing much will have changed for you this week. You may be seeing an increase in bump size, but other than that it is business as usual!
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
If list-making doesn't come to you naturally, now is the perfect time to download a note-taking app, or gift yourself with a little, travel-sized notepad and pencil! By week 16, pregnancy brain has you on the forgetful side of things. Maybe you forgot it was so-and-so's birthday. Or you put a gallon of milk in the freezer. Perhaps you misplaced your sunglasses. In your defense, the changes in your brain are merely to keep you focused on your little one. To combat this, get into the habit of writing things down. When you schedule it, think of it, promise it, set it, are asked of it, etc., put it on the list, check the list twice (and often), and rest easy knowing your affairs are on task. Maybe check your freezer, too. There's a good chance your sunglasses are there, staring at a gallon of frozen milk.
Will you need any help or regular childcare after your baby is born? If so, begin doing research! It's never too early to decide whether your child will be at home with a parent, home with a nanny or family member, at a caregiver's home as one of a small group, or at a smaller/larger daycare center. Talk to parents in varying situations and listen to their personal experiences. Many options have waiting lists, meaning you may need to decide on these things sooner than you'd expected. As you make the best plan for your family, keep an open mind, and consider your second and third choices, just to play it safe.
Your pregnancy glow may sometimes be a bit oily skinned too, causing breakouts or acne. Be sure to wash your face and body every day with a gentle, cleansing soap, and avoid picking at pimples, bumps, and irritations. Extreme acne products should be cleared with your doctor before use, as some may cause issues during pregnancy.
Take a profile pregnancy picture and write in your pregnancy journal!
Your skin is glowing, you have more energy, your hair feels thicker, and... are you feeling lustier than usual? How about bustier? There are many positive elements of pregnancy in the second trimester, as well as a few unsavory details. Here is a list of symptoms you may experience this week!
- Larger, fuller breasts
- Glowing skin
- Fetal flutterings
- Increased libido
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Stuffy nose and/or nose bleeds
- Backaches and/or round ligament pain
- Tender and/or bleeding gums
- Dry, itchy, and/or sensitive eyes
- Pregnancy brain
- Constipation, gas and/or bloating
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