Week 16

Baby: Your baby now measures about 4.3 to 4.6 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 2.8 ounces. Fingernails are well-formed and the fine hair, lanugo, may be growing on the head. Arms and legs are moving. The nervous system is functioning and muscles are responding to stimulation from your baby’s brain. You may be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat in the doctor’s office.

Mom-to-be: Your uterus has grown significantly by now and weighs about 8.75 ounces. Within the next few weeks you may start to feel your baby move, called “quickening.” It’s often like a gas bubble or subtle fluttering movement. As it happens more regularly, you’ll know it’s your baby. There are other physiological changes happening in your body. Increased blood volume to support your growing fetus may produce nosebleeds, and leg veins may become more apparent. Your uterus is shifting so you may not have to urinate so much.

No word from the small one – no fluttery feeling in my stomach, and so far I’m refusing to buy one of those home doppler things that let you listen to the baby’s heart beat, because it just seems too close to becoming one of those moms that has the video baby monitors.  Ick.

As for me, well, no changes here.  I now own my first two pairs of maternity pants (more on that in another post), and I’m not gonna lie – the jeans are incredibly comfortable and don’t look too awful.

Overall rating: 8 (no change from last week)


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