Baby’s development

Week 16!

Week 16!

Baby is growing fast!!

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!

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)

Isn’t that the truth!?! Alex was trying to see if he could feel baby movements the other day, and he couldn’t yet, but he could certainly feel the blood pumping through my abdomen. LOL!!

The rate at which baby is growing is just amazing to me. To think, in 4 months all of these vital organs have developed to a recognizable state. Eyes, heart, brain, etc. Baby LOOKS like a real baby and is kicking around in there. I always imagine baby doing flips inside me because it’s a fun image to keep in your head. hehe! Well, that and the baby was bouncing around in there during our 12 week ultrasound.

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