Pregnancy week 16

Pregnancy information at week 16 of being pregnant - You may feel the first movements of your baby inside you, a slight 'butterfly' feeling in your abdomen.

The middle months of your pregnancy are probably when you feel at your best. Your skin retains fluid, making it firmer and smoother and an increase of blood flow can make your skin glow. Your heart rate increases by about 20 per cent to cope with an increased flow of blood throughout your body. With all that increased circulation, nails and hair will grow faster.

You may feel the first movements of your baby inside you, a slight 'butterfly' feeling in your abdomen. However most women don't start feeling movements until several weeks later. You may become constipated as the hormone progesterone, which maintains the pregnancy slows your digestion down and your growing uterus pushes on your bladder and bowel. Try drinking at least two litres of plain, still water each day. You may be offered blood-screening tests for spina bifida or Down?s syndrome this week.

Your baby

Your baby's eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to grow. If you could gently stroke your baby's cheek she would respond as if searching for a nipple to latch on to. Until now her head has grown quicker than anything. Now your baby's body accelerates to catch up and she begins to look more in proportion. Your baby will look thin because she hasn't developed a layer of fat, and her skin is so thin you can see the blood vessels below.

Your baby has a firm handgrip and can suck her thumb and make a fist. Her eyelids are still closed and will stay that way until about the 25th week, although your baby can detect changes in light through her thin eyelids. A fine covering of thicker, darker hair starts to sprout on your baby's body. This is languo and keeps your baby's body at a constant temperature in the absence of fat. Bones start hardening, including the tiny ones in your baby's ears, and your baby can hear some sounds for the first time.

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hi im 16 weeks and 3 days and this is my second one, im just hoping i go full turm as my little girl came at 27 weeks and 1 day weighing 1lb 6oz. I can feel more and i do feel more sick but then i know ever pregnancy is different, but i cant help but worry thats its all going to happen again im just trying to say positive about this pregnancy
by amy77 10th May 2011, 5:29pm
Im 16 weeks today:) Im feeling a little better with the nausea, thank god. I get cramps, and pains in my abdomen. But I think its because of an cyst on my ovary. Ive had them alot and get them alot. I want to know if its bad to have cyst's on your ovary while pregnant? I hope not...
by titikimm 26th Apr 2011, 5:43pm
hi all, I am 16 weeks pregnant in 2 days. I am also getting cramps, sometimes they hurt a lot, and I feel the need to crouch up and cant stand up straight. is this normal? Also I get days when I bring up every thing I eat and cant keep anything down!? I have got quite a bump coming on too, which I am really excited about, and cant wait until I get bigger and also cant wait until I find out what I am having on 5th May! :) xx
by NatalieJayneRigby 11th Apr 2011, 9:40am
I am 16 plus 2 and feeling really tired, I have a big bump already which i never had with my other 2 and I have been feeling movement for weeks. I think I am further than what i have been told. I struggle to get in and out of bed haha. looking forward to my next scan x
by jobo21 16th Mar 2011, 9:31am
i am feeling just like you about what the future holds . i hope & pray dat i would be the best mom . we just have to put it all in gods hands & he will work it out for us. don't worry about is going to be okay : ) i had early bleeds also i just need to quit worrying & stressing everything will be fine .... i am almost 16 weeks & im so excited good luck w / da rest of your pregnancy
by rydah 22nd Nov 2010, 3:37pm
Hi All
I am 16 weeks 5 days with my first baby. Not enjoyed it so far with bleeds in the early weeks and a scan at 8 weeks to see if its a viable pregnancy. But today my husband (who is so so so excited) and i went for a midwife appointment and heard the baby's healthy heart beat for the first time since the scan weeks ago. It was such a lovely moment! I am so nervous about the future and just hope I can be a good mum, wonder if anyone else out there feels scared like me lol.
Love reading your comments.
Good luck to all .x.
by Jody79 10th Nov 2010, 11:09am
hi everyone I am 16 weeks pregnant I have had a baby bump from 6 weeks so yes it is normal and as for the cramps I have them to and they are the same i am also getting very painfully hips and plivc brone and my midwife said that is normal for some women so try not to worry and enjoy being pregnant . just tell you a bit about myself i have been trying for 19 years and was waiting to go on ivf and found out I was pregnant lost the first one at 6 weeks but got pregnant straight away so you should never give up hope as it will happen;-)
by mad2873 28th Oct 2010, 9:05am
I am 16 weeks (first time mum who has had two miscarriages in the past) and due on 3/3/11 - are cramps normal? Just minor ones which are a little uncomfortable but ease when sitting down. Tends to be more when I need the toilet. Just worrying a little x
by Nezumi80 17th Sep 2010, 4:09pm
Hi, im 16 weeks pregnant and really starting to get a bump is anyone else xx
by alimarie 12th Aug 2010, 10:24am
linger, hayley is due in july as she posted 16 weeks in jauary and ur 16 weeks in may hope this
by charbump 11th Jun 2010, 5:19pm
hi hayley, just wonderin', u r on your 16 weeks but your due date is 14th July. How come my due date is on 2nd Oct this year? gettin' confuse now. hope you'll keep in touch..
by linger 18th May 2010, 4:55pm
hi xxhaylexxx! im too 16 weeks pregnant as u.. how do u feel? ve u got a bump???
by arshin 14th May 2010, 5:38pm
iM a First Time Mum 2 n My Belly Doesnt Seem Hard Either And i Get Some Cramps 2 .
by Laneyy 14th May 2010, 5:36pm
hi guys congrats to all, im on my 16 weeks and 2 days now running for 17 weeks as stated here, my baby is very active as i can feel her more often most specially when im lying on my bed, sometimes i feel her reacting with some loud noises but they said baby can be felt by 18-20 just wondering why does my baby moves a lot starting from week 12..actually im not pretty sure if its considered as second baby coz i got miscarriage 6 years ago and just now i had a chance to conceived again, can anyone advice if this is first or second?
one more thing im not like other expecting mommies having a big bum mine is hardly showing everybody thinks im just lying when i told them i am pregnant,,and im very sensitive when it comes to food..i hardly eat meal but im trying my best to eat healthy foods and fruits but my morning sickness didn't subside, its still the same as before and its always occur almost the whole day...
i got my first check up on my ob and when i saw my baby she said its a healthy baby but im afraid it might affect her somehow when im tired from work or from afraid to have some problems coz i love my baby so much anyone help me and advise what is the best thing to do please..every night i hardly sleep coz i used to go to the bathroom almost every half an hour, giving me back pain and sometimes my stomach is aching when i got shock from noises and i vividly having a nightmare of giving birth and being a mother started on my 10th seems like my baby's development is kind of advance in what they are saying here...she moves a lot by this day and i can feel a strong heartbeat just putting my palm on my bum..i just wanna ask if its pretty normal?soon ill be traveling back to my country on my 25th weeks do you think its safe..please advise...thanks and congrats again guys...cheers
by Alienna 14th May 2010, 5:28pm
Hi, I am currently 16 weeks and I have I the same as Postee 10.02.10 - I think it's normal. The stomach cramps are normal too I believe. I'm trying not to get too worked up about it... from what I read, the uterus expanding causes a lot of pains i.e. jabbing pains, cramping etc.
by Zammo 14th May 2010, 5:25pm
Hi, I am a first time mum 16 weeks 2 days - Ive had really bad hyperemesis and been hospitalised 5 times :( I had my first scan last week and everything is ok!! I dont have a bump yet :( sicked it all up!! :( I havent felt the baby move yet and I do get worried :(
by LucyHoops 14th May 2010, 5:20pm
i a a first time mum and will be 16weeks on monday my baby is due 2nd august which seems so far away.... iv got my next scan 4weeks today and cant wait to find out the sex.... i get cramps which are uncomfortable someties but try not to worry too much.
by sazoola 14th May 2010, 4:09pm
Hi I am a first time mum and I am 16 weeks pregnant. I am really anxious as I feel I am quite big but there does not seem to be a hard bump as yet. Is this normal? Also I have started to get cramps in the stomach area has anyone else got the same symptoms as me?
by Gazberts 10th Feb 2010, 5:01am
Hi, I'm 16 weeks pregnant too and my baby is due on the 13th of July 2010
by Mireille39 1st Feb 2010, 9:20am
Im 16 weeks and feeling very large with my first, its a boy and he's due on 15th July 2010
by Natafly 1st Feb 2010, 9:20am
Hi hayley i'm due the 15th july. How's u and bump coming along??
by kellyfurborough28 1st Feb 2010, 9:19am
Hiya i am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby,
I would like to talk to any other mums to be around the same time as me,
please get in touch and let me know your due date mine is 14th july 2010
by xxHayleyxx1985 27th Jan 2010, 9:38am
hey am 16 weeks pregnant with my second baby and loving it! its alot harder as my first is only 11months but so far no problems!! thank god!! cant wait to find out what sex this one is xx
by shellz100 6th Dec 2009, 5:56pm
hi im 16 weeks 2day with first child. i think i felt the baby last week it felt like loads of buterflies dancing and it made me feel sick haha. also 3 days ago my back has started to be agony and was wondering if anyone else has experenced this? x
by tiffanygemma 16th Nov 2009, 9:55am
i'm a young mum too be and im 16 weeks and 3 days today. i felt the butterfly feeling last week while taking a long warm bath, got a bit of a fright when i first felt it because it was unexpected and i had never felt it before but it feels alazing and its great too finally feel the baby inside me. thankfully the sickness is beginning too subside, at one point i was in hpsital for 2 days due too being badly dehydrated because i couldnt stop being sick throughout the day and night. have my 20 week scan in 4 weeks, hopefully will find out the sex! hoping its a little girl but aslong as its safe and healthy, i'll never complain!
by Rebekah123 22nd Oct 2009, 9:19am
I too have pcos and I am 16 weeks todays. I became pregnant 1 month after having an HSG. It is still hard for me to believe because I had been told I wouldn't be able to conceive naturally. I have had no morning sickness. I can't wait to find out the gender!!!!!
by keonnamone 4th Aug 2009, 12:54pm
i am 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby at age 25. i never thought it would be possible because i had pcos. but by the grace of the good lord i am now expecting my baby. i have not suffered any morning sickness yet. my husband has been so supportive.
a word of advice to all you out there never doubt the lord jesus.

glenda steenkamp
by davidsonville 28th May 2009, 9:16am
Hi everybody, those of u who r 16weeks gone, id love to know how ur pregnancies r goin n compare with my own. X
by No1Gurlie 18th May 2009, 9:37am
Im 16 weeks, had my first scan at 9 weeks because doctors wanted to make sure was no problem- now ive got to wait untill 26th may for my next feels an eternity away. Im looking forward to it more than i would look forward to my summer holiday! soooo excited. Ive heard that you can see the babys features and everything by then. sometimes I feel the baby moving, but only when im laying down, and i think im imagining it....i wish i could feel it all the time so i could be sure! good luck to all you lovely ladies x x
by heatherberry 14th Apr 2009, 12:39pm
Hello, Im 16 weeks today. i feel great - which i am worried about becuase i dont feel pregnant ! cant wait for my 20 week scan or to feel movment so i know my baby is still there and ok. i am finding it really hard to sleep on a night, get back aches and my hips are stinging ! roll on september....cant wait to cuddle my baby
by Hinchy28 14th Apr 2009, 12:38pm
Even though I am now at 16 weeks I still do not feel like I am pregnant at all! I have no signs of being pregnant to the outside world & I can't stand the site of a toilet anymore as it feel's like Im on one every 10 minutes! Oh the joys of pregnancy!
by Carlyed91 14th Apr 2009, 12:38pm
hi im 16 weeks and 5 days pregnant with my first baby im skinny but have had a bump since bout 11 wks n its getting bigger but i havent felt my baby move do u think ev is ok?
by sweetcheeksd 25th Mar 2009, 9:15am
Hey im 16 weeks preganant and i have been getting some lower belly cramps i do not know if this is normal due to the baby growing and changing
Has anyone else had this?
by Suzi121 19th Feb 2009, 10:13am
hey, had my first check up yesterday. i was so excited, i got to see my lil teddy bear again. it got so big! and it kept moving so the doc couldnt get good measerments lol! anyway everything was fine, i got bak in 4 weeks which will b march 5th 3days after my 20th b-day yay!
by darien 17th Feb 2009, 9:42am
Thanks for your replies. I think i'm going to wait a bit b4 buying one, i'm due at the midwife in 2 weeks so she'll find the heartbeat then & at least if i can't find it after I'll know it's all ok. I definatley wanna get one as we have a 5 yr old daughter & I know she'll enjoy it :-) Thanks for your advice & good luck with ur pregnancys xx
by toddie12 5th Feb 2009, 9:58am
i am also 16 weeks and bought a fetal doppler when i was pregnant with my first baby. i found it reassuring as i could near the heart beat every time i tried where as this time the baby is more active making it difficult to hear and therefore making me worry more than i normally would. i was really glad to have been able to use it with my last pregnancy but this time i don't think i'll bother. if getting one definitely wait a while but by then you'll unmistakeably feel the babies movement so it would just be a waste of money x
by clarepatton 3rd Feb 2009, 9:17am
I'm 15 weeks pregnant and I bought a doppler few weeks ago and I must admit it's hard to find a heartbeat... you need to use a lot of gel and be very patient - you can catch it for few seconds, but than it's gone. It's hard to have it clear for longer, as you hartbeat is still louder and doppler picks it more easely. As the little one is wiggling around now it's even harder to get clear reading :). However, even those few seconds are great!!! It's great to have a doppler, but don't get to serious about it... if you can't find his/hers heartbeat, it doesn't mean it's not there, it's just hiding :).
by Barbs 3rd Feb 2009, 9:17am
hi i have four children and im pregnant with twins! think im still in shock although im so excited and cant wait to meet them both.apart from feeling tired and needing to wee lots ive been ok and i cant wait till the summer.
by ooley8 19th Jan 2009, 9:50am
hi everyone.. well.. im pregant with my second child andnow have the bump. im sure im feeling the fluttering feelings already.. forgot how strange and wonderful it feels. bit worried however as seem to be weeing every god dam 15 minutes and is soooo annoying!! is anyone else having this problem??? suzanna
by suzilou 5th Jan 2009, 9:17am
I am16 weeks gone today, and I feel so much better, i have a little bump, can't wait til I feel baby move, and can't wait for the 20 week scan, good luck girlies on your pregnancies xx
by VickiDoodDah 23rd Dec 2008, 9:16am
hi ya this is my second baby and i've been suffering again, i have been in hospital for dehydration coz i have hyperemisis(severe morning sickness) and have felt so rough!!!. Luckily it's not as bad as last time which is a blessing but i really hope this sickness stops soon coz its doing my head in!!! Also i had SPD(Symphosis Pubis Dysfunction) when your pelvis ligaments stretch too much and becomes difficult to walk and stand...and turn in bed..get in and out the car etc. Anyone else having problems like me? x
by alanasofia 19th Dec 2008, 10:04am
It is normal to feel braxton hick contractions at this week?
by Natu 27th Oct 2008, 8:59am
I'm a few days from 16 weeks, and I have no bump, and am feeling no movement, though I watched my daughter for about an hour earlier this week bounce off of the walls of my uterus. I was never skinny, I have always had hips, boobs, "the thick girl", Maybe it's because this is my first, I wont have to deal with the strange people running up trying to touch me.
by chantel702 6th Oct 2008, 9:48am
im nearly 16 weeks and i have just started to feel normal again lol, i was extra skinny and now i have got a bum and hips and bra size has increased by two cup sizes already (never had them befor haha) and the bump has been making an appearance since week 11,
by Amy87 29th Sep 2008, 9:13am
Been feeling baby move for about 10 days, had a bump since week 12!
by alady 17th Jul 2008, 10:03am
Ive been feeling the baby move for a couple of weeks already,it is my third and they say you feel it earlier with each pregnancy.I felt finr for the first 3 months but now am suffering migraines dizziness sickness sleepless nights!not fun!
by renery 24th Apr 2008, 3:49pm
i can feel the baby moving now as this is my second child i know what to expect
by joanne0410 4th Apr 2008, 8:40am