How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 16

How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 16

Yet another week, yet another milestone of this super exciting phase! Plus, this is when your pregnancy has definitely started showing and you are probably glowing. Shine on new mommy-would-be!

Your baby is now 16 cms long and weighs nearly 135 grams, which is about the size of a medium sized avocado. Your uterus is well out of the pelvic cavity now and is halfway towards your navel.

Till about a few years ago, doctors would measure the gestation age by using a measuring tape on the mother’s abdomen. The measurement of the uterus was considered a defining way to ascertain the gestation age.


Signs and Symptoms

You may feel a few gas bubbles in your lower abdomen. This could actually be the early movements of your baby but it’s really hard to tell!

Don’t worry though, if you can’t feel your baby moving just yet. Some mothers do not feel their baby’s movements till almost week 24. This could be due to various reasons – excessive fat around the abdomen, excessive amniotic fluid, an anterior positioned placenta or a very busy mum-to-be who missed paying attention!


Physical Development

If you started your pregnancy at an ideal weight then you should gain about 10-12 kilos through your pregnancy. This weight gain is not proportional.

You may gain just 2 kilos in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and the rest later. Do not start eating foods which are calorie-dense and nutritionally poor just to gain weight though! Weight gain in the mother does not necessarily mean weight gain in the baby. So just stick to eating healthy.


Emotional Development

The second trimester is the ideal month to travel as you’re not too heavy or clumsy and pregnancy symptoms are manageable. Time to think of a babymoon destination with your partner!

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor. Pick a holiday destination which is easy to reach, has medical facilities and has activities which you will be able to enjoy as a pregnant mom.

So choosing a ski resort is not a great choice unless you want to spend the whole day looking at the mountains from your window. Not the best example, but you get the jist!


Red Flags

It is important to eat wisely when pregnant and travelling and not let go completely. Many moms-to-be gain excessive weight when they are on vacation. So when you feel like eating the entire buffet table, hold your horses!

Avoid eating raw, undercooked food to minimise chances of food poisoning and focus on hydration. Make sure that you drink minimum 8 glasses of water each day. Remember, your amniotic fluid levels are being maintained partly by your fluid intake and staying well hydrated is important for your overall well being.


Old Wives’ Tales

You well-wishers might tell you that if you’re craving for sweets during pregnancy, you’re carrying a girl and if you’re craving for tangy, savory foods, your baby is a boy.

Your cravings are the handiwork of your hormones, which has nothing to do with your baby’s gender.


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