Pregnancy Week 16: All You Need To Know

Bayo Ajibola

Pregnancy Week 16

How your baby’s growing

Mums, hope you are ready for the speedy growth your baby is set to begin as in the next couple of weeks, your sweet baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. For this week, week 16,he’s about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. Baby’s legs are much more developed, and his head is even more erect now.Your baby at this week has even started growing toenails. And there’s a lot happening inside as well which includes his heart, which is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby develops.

How your life’s changing

This week, top of your uterus is about halfway between your pubic bone and your navel, also the round ligaments which supports it are thickening and stretching as it grows. It’s very possible that you are feeling a whole lot better now as you have settled into pregnancy, too. Less nausea, fewer mood swings, and yes “glowing” skin begins to show as this also proves that you are in great shape.

Soon you’ll experience your baby moving, this for many women is the highlight of their pregnancy.  While some women notice “quickening” as early as 16 weeks, a lot more are oblivious of their baby moving until about 18 weeks or more. (And if you are a first time mum, don’t be too impatient – you may not be aware of your baby’s movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements according to some women may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they’ll grow stronger and you’ll be able to feel them much more frequently.

Weight gain is of importance during your pregnancy as you have to ensure that you are not under or overweight – both may have some adverse effect on you an your little one.

How much weight should I gain now?

You should aim to gain about 12 to 14 pounds, assuming you started at an ideal weight in this pregnancy, for this trimester (toward a total of 25 to 35 for your whole pregnancy).

How can I keep my weight gain on track?

During your second trimester, you should eat about 340 extra calories a day, according to the Institute of Medicine, which issues guidelines on pregnancy weight gain.

steps t keeping your weight on track:

  • Begin the day with a nutritious breakfast that includes adequate protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and a small amount of healthy fat.
  • Ensure your meal consists of vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and low-fat dairy products, and skip processed foods, packaged snacks, and sugar-loaded desserts.
  • Have healthy filling snacks around , such as cheese and plain yogurt, hummus, nut butters, baby carrots and other raw veggies, and fresh fruit such as apples or bananas, for time you might just feel like nibbling on something.
  • Drink adequate amount of water as asides it keeping you hydrated, it also gives your skin that luscious and glowy look.

Bayo Ajibola

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