Onward and Outward!
You’re 16 weeks pregnant and by now you’re starting to really feel pregnant! At 16 weeks your baby is about the size of a pear. Your baby’s little facial muscles are developing more all the time and at this point in your pregnancy he or she is making all kinds of faces. Over the next few weeks your baby is going to double in weight and height! Even now, at 16 weeks, you’re very aware of your baby’s size and can no longer hide your pregnancy, if you ever wanted to hide it at all! Pregnancy is a wonderful time…go forth and let it show no matter what pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing!
Growing pains are happy pains.
You’ve most likely gained about 5 to 10 pounds by the time you’re 16 weeks pregnant. But don’t worry, this is one of those natural pregnancy symptoms and just means is that your baby is growing nicely inside you and your body is doing what it’s supposed to do! As your uterus grows you’ll start to feel more aches and twinges as the ligaments in your stomach stretch. This is one of those pregnancy symptoms that will vary day to day. There will be some days during your pregnancy where you won’t feel these aches at all; other days where you’ll feel them more intensely. These are natural and expected pregnancy symptoms, so go with the flow and try doing some stretching to ease the twinges you’re feeling.
Enjoying the “flutter”!
Are you starting to feel little “flutters”? Although more common when 17 weeks pregnant, some women who are 16 weeks pregnant may feel pregnancy symptoms that are known as “quickening”. Many pregnancy symptoms are all about your baby’s movement in the uterus as he or she swims around and gets more comfortable. Of all the pregnancy symptoms, this fluttering feeling is perhaps the most welcome and desired. Over the next few weeks of your pregnancy these fluttering motions will become stronger. You can think of these pregnancy symptoms as your baby’s way of making sure you know he or she is there! And if you’re not feeling the flutter at 16 weeks pregnant, be assured that you very soon will.
Saying goodbye to your waist!
While 16 weeks pregnant you’re going to have to face up to the fact that it’s time to say goodbye to your waist for the rest of your pregnancy! Instead of cursing these pregnancy symptoms why not embrace them? Being 16 weeks pregnant is the time to enjoy the roundness of your body. Enjoy the way your body looks and feels, knowing that there is this wonderful baby growing inside you. If you’re still hanging out in baggy clothes why not go out and treat yourself to some fun and fashionable maternity clothes? The days of unflattering maternity clothes are long gone and have been replaced by cute and exciting fitted maternity clothes.
Taking time to rest…
With all the changes happening to your body at 16 weeks pregnant you may find that one of the annoying pregnancy symptoms you encounter is having a bit of trouble sleeping. Don’t worry, there’s a lot going on both physically and emotionally for you. The key to overcoming any troubles you have sleeping is to try to relax and get rest when you can. If you’re working during your pregnancy try and make time during your work day to sit back, close your eyes for a few minutes, and breathe deeply. If you’re not working during your pregnancy make time during your day to pamper yourself with a nap. But don’t take a long nap or you may find yourself wide awake at night!
Asking for help!
Part of being 16 weeks pregnant is knowing that it’s okay to ask for some help during this next stage of your pregnancy as more annoying pregnancy symptoms pop up. Remind yourself that you need to slow down and take it easy. While every woman experiences different pregnancy symptoms most woman at this time are starting to feel a bit tired during the day. Ask for extra help around the house when it comes to cooking and doing laundry. You may be used to being superwoman, but pregnancy means that you have to let some things go and chores around the house are good place to start. Being 16 weeks pregnant brings so many changes to your body and mind and now is the perfect time to start putting you and your baby at the top of the list of importance.
This is the ideal time to take that vacation you’ve always wanted…before your baby arrives. If you have the time, and can fit a trip into your budget, this is the time. Travelling during the second trimester of your pregnancy is safe for both you and your baby. By being 16 weeks pregnant you’ll be over most of the early pregnancy symptoms of tiredness and nausea. As well, you don’t need to be concerned about going into premature labor or miscarrying as your pregnancy is now far enough advanced to be past these worries. And the best part about travelling during the middle trimester is that your body is not too rotund as to make you too uncomfortable to get around!