You’re probably feeling much better physically as you settle into pregnancy, with fewer mood swings and less nausea. The top of your uterus is now about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel. The round ligaments that support the uterus are thickening and stretching. Here’s more of what you might be feeling at 16 weeks pregnant:
- Backaches Your aching back is a side effect of pregnancy hormones. To ease backaches, make some time for low-impact exercise. Sit and stand up straight and regularly stretch your body.
- Bigger boobs Your breasts have probably gone up several cup sizes by now, and should be completely prepped for breastfeeding by the end of the second trimester.
- Constipation Getting, um, stopped up is an unfortunate result of your uterus starting to press on your intestines. Load up on fiber-rich foods and drink lots of water to keep things moving.
- Forgetfulness This is also known as #PregnancyBrain. No one knows for sure what causes pregnant women to become more forgetful. It could be biological or it just could be a result of having lots on your mind!
- Dry, itchy, sensitive eyes Blame the hormones once again! You could try over-the-counter eye drops, but be sure to consult your OB before choosing one.
- Glowing skin Finally—that pregnancy glow that people are always talking about. Va va voom!
If you’re sixteen weeks pregnant with twins, your symptoms probably won’t be different than they would be for a mom carrying one baby at this point. You definitely want to keep your doctor posted on all your symptoms though, since a twin pregnancy is considered higher risk, so your doctor will want to keep close tabs on you and your babies.
Pretty soon, you’ll start feeling baby moving around in your 16 weeks pregnant belly. At first, those moves might feel like gas or a muscle twitch, but over time, as baby gets bigger and stronger, they’ll be unmistakable. If you’re 16 weeks pregnant with twins, you won’t feel kicks any earlier than a singleton mom-to-be will, but over time, twin moms definitely feel more kicking sensations.
Of course, feeling those movements comes with other issues, like having your lungs crowded by your growing babe. That could make it seem tough to catch your breath from time to time.
Development of Baby
At 16 weeks pregnant, baby is the size of an avocado, measuring 4.6 inches (12 cm) long and weighing in at 3.5 ounces (100 grams.).
The legs continue to develop and toenails start to grow. The head develops further. Facial features are in place and the ears are positioned to the sides. Tiny bones are forming in his or her ears and your Baby is now listening to your voices.
Your 16-week fetus is growing hair, lashes, and eyebrows. And his or her taste buds are forming.
Your baby is growing stronger and is energetic and kicking, which means you may start feeling little movements this week. Most women report the first foetal movements (also referred to as ’quickening’) in their 20th week, so be patient if you don’t feel any movement yet.
You’ll probably have a four-month prenatal visit around the time you’re sixteen weeks pregnant. As usual, you’ll probably have a urine test; your OB will be checking your urine for signs of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. You may have a 16 weeks pregnant ultrasound at your appointment too.
Once your OB sees a normal 16 weeks pregnant ultrasound, your chance of miscarriage drops to only 1 percent.