It’s time to start speaking up, mama! At 16 weeks, your baby can now hear your voice. How sweet is that?!
Baby’s eyes are also up and running altough they are still sealed shut and will be for a bit longer.
Want more exciting news? 16 weeks is when many first time moms report feeling their first little baby kicks. It may feel like a flutter or twitch at first but it will get stronger.
I speak from experience when I say that those little baby kicks are the SWEETEST thing in the whole world!
Baby In Action at 16 Weeks
Thanks to tiny bones that are forming in the ears your baby can now hear you! Some studies even say that if you start singing to your baby now while he is still in the womb he will be able to recognize the tune once he is born. Baby’s heart is hard at work this week pumping about 25 quarts of blood per day.
Baby Size at 16 Weeks
Your baby is preparing for another big growth spurt over the next couple of weeks but for now she is the size of an avocado. He or she weighs about 3 ounces and is around 4 inches long.
Your Body at 16 Weeks
Let’s take a look at what’s going on with you this week:
- Stuffy Nose. The mucous membranes in your nose are starting to swell. A totally normal side effect of pregnancy. A humidifier at night might provide some relief.
- Glowing skin. Thanks to increased blood circulation and oil glands working in over drive you might have that “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about. One of the wonderful side effects of pregnancy!
- Back Aches: Try to rest as much as possible to help relieve the pain. It might also be time to invest in a good maternity belt.
16 Week To-Do-List
-Have you started to experience any round ligament pain? It is a common pregnancy symptom that can be pretty uncomfortable. Read here on how you can relieve round ligament pain.
-Seeing a dentist during your pregnancy is highly recommended. Pregnancy increases the risk of gum disease. Gum disease can be linked to preterm labor, low birth weight and preeclampsia. So this going to the dentist thing is pretty serious business! Read more about what you can do to help fight these risks here.