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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

16 weeks

Don't faint but I am actually posting this on my 16 week date!
It is a stormy day here in Jacksonville & my little boy is sleeping away so I thought that I would catch up on some computer work.
(I am also not feeling up to working on the upstairs organization project!)
I am anxiously awaiting my next OB appointment which will be next Wednesday before we head to West Virgina for my cousin's wedding.

At this point of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 4.3 to 4.6 inches long and weighs 2.8 ounces. Not only is your baby growing, your uterus and placenta continue to grow to accommodate the growing baby inside of you! Just six weeks ago, your uterus weighed about 5 ounces. This week it now weighs 8.75 ounces! The amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby is increasing and there is about 7.5 ounces of fluid.
Five and a half inches tall and only six ounces in weight. The child can grasp with his hands, kick, or even somersault.

At this time, your baby is holding her head erect. Because her muscles are developing, she can make some faces now. Your baby is able to squint, frown and open its mouth. There is enough calcium in the bones that they will show up on an x-ray. Your baby's fingernails are well formed now and the legs are longer than the arms. Because your baby is moving well now, you may begin to feel his movements! Some women say that the early movements feel like gas bubbles or a slight flutter. If you have not yet felt the baby move, don't worry. Fetal movements are usually felt between the 16th and 20th week of pregnancy.

You may feel your heart beating 'louder'. This is because there is a lot more blood in your body than normal. (about 20-25% more)

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well.
A little scary but still neat!

An exciting development at 16 weeks pregnant – your baby's facial muscles are developed enough that your future child can grimace, frown, and make other faces in the womb. Although your baby has no control over his or her expressions right now, this will change in the weeks ahead.

At 16 weeks pregnant, your baby is able to hold his or her head slightly straighter than before. Your little one's eyes are finally moving into their final position in the front of baby's head. The ears are also moving to their final location on the side of the head.

Your baby's hair is starting to grow at 16 weeks pregnant. While you won't be able to tell his or her hair color until after birth, this is still an interesting development.

For the first time ever in fetal development, your baby's body is longer than his or her head. Your little bundle of joy is getting more proportional with each passing day.

Fun Fact:

Even if your baby is born with a full head of hair, his or her hair may fall out and change colors completely within the first few months of life.

By 16 weeks pregnant, your baby's umbilical cord is firmly attached to his or her belly at this point. The umbilical cord provides vital nutrients to your baby.

From pregnancy week 16 onward, your baby will be focusing his or her attention on complicated circulatory matters. For example, your little bundle of joy's heart is pumping around 25 quarts of blood every day. That's pretty impressive for someone that's smaller than a grapefruit!

No 16 week picture of me yet. Kendall and Daddy are at school & work plus Isaac is shady at best for getting me in the picture :) Maybe a double one next week!

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