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Pregnancy Week 16

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Updated May 16, 2014

Pregnancy Week 16
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Mother:

You may begin to feel the baby move around this point. This is more likely to happen now if you are a multipara (someone who has had a previous child) or if you are very thin. Generally you will feel the baby move about one month earlier than you did in a previous pregnancy, mainly because you know what you are feeling. It is not uncommon for first time mothers to not recognize fetal movements until 22-24 weeks. These first movements are called "quickening." They can also be used in helping to determine your due date.

 

Baby:

Your baby's nails are well formed, and some babies are even in need of having their nails trimmed at birth. The ears have also moved from the neck to the head.

Your baby is emptying his or her bladder every 40-45 minutes. The limb movements are becoming more coordinated. Your baby is about 3 ounces (85 grams) and 6.3 inches (16 cms). Using an ultrasound you might be able to tell if your baby is a girl or boy at this point, but it's still a bit early.

 

Dad/Partner:

Have you been to a prenatal appointment recently? It might be nice to try to go again, it's been about a month since you've first heard the baby's heart beat. Think of it as a nice chance to sneak away for lunch together and to celebrate your baby-to-be.

Readers Share:

Of all the things that people talk about in pregnancy, feeling your baby move is often one of the joys and missed things about pregnancy. But when do you feel the baby kick? When do other people feel the baby move? Was it different in subsequent pregnancies? Does your baby move enough or too much? These are all things women want to know. So share your story about feeling your baby move, your cures, calms and curses.

Share your story about feeling your baby move.

Twin Tips:

You may begin to feel movement now. Another "sign" that there are multiples is the mom who describes fetal movement like an octopus, or "all over the place." Your practitioner may begin to wonder if there is more than one if they can palpate more than 3 large parts (and several small ones!) in your uterus. If you're pregnant with quadruplets or more you may be asked to stop working at this point.

Suggested Reading:

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There will be slight differences in everyone's growth and fetal development. Any problems should be reported to your practitioner.

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