Welcome to your second trimester of pregnancy! Your fetus is now the size of a lemon or Belgian waffle and is starting to look like a baby. As you gain weight, your little miracle’s eyes will start to grow larger and she can perceive light. And it is fantastic!
Week 16 related to your child
At this point, the baby’s body is almost independent. The kidneys work and produce urine. The spine and the small muscles in the back are strengthened so that your baby can now straighten his head and neck and more. The hair on the head begins to grow and change color. Facial muscles also develop, and the small bones in the baby’s ear are properly positioned and begin to function, although not fully developed. So, if you have dreamed of having conversations with your baby, he or she can finally hear you. Their little hands and feet are now well developed and they move often, so you will be able to feel the baby’s activity for weeks on end. These movements may be a response to the sound of your voice. And she was finally able to find out the gender of her baby using an NHS ultrasound. Either way, don’t worry if that isn’t possible yet. The child’s position during the ultrasound is the most important aspect and there is no way to influence this.
Week 16 related to your body
Did they tell you that you look great now? The glow of pregnancy is real and is due to the increased amount of blood reaching the skin. You feel better now when your hormone levels have balanced out and your morning sickness has improved. If you can’t feel the baby’s movements, it will start very soon! And that’s how the best moments of pregnancy begin.
At this point, your appetite may increase and you will start to feel those “pregnancy pounds”. Accept your new body shape as a new challenge and think that every pound is a sign of health for you and your baby. During pregnancy, most women need around 300 extra calories per day. However, the total number of calories may vary depending on your weight and activity level.
However, if you are gaining too much weight, it is not recommended that you follow a low-calorie diet or skip certain meals. Instead, the following tips may help:
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, and a small number of healthy fats.
- Eat vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and try to avoid processed foods, prepackaged foods, or high-sugar sweets.
- Eat healthy snacks like skim cheese or yogurt, carrots, fresh fruit and you’ll be less tempted to eat junk food.
- Choose a healthy and tasty alternative to fatty foods. For example, frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, a muffin instead of a donut, or popcorn instead of fries
- Drink water instead of juice.
- If, on the other hand, your weight is not increasing normally, we also have a few tips:
- Drink a shake every day for more energy and calcium. Add fresh fruit for vitamins.
- Eat nutrient-dense foods that contain healthy fats, such as avocado or nuts. Try to eat dried fruit – you will tend to eat more than if the fruit were fresh and therefore eat more healthy calories.
- Eat more snacks than usual
- Always remember that weight gain during pregnancy is inevitable. And also necessary. Your baby and his development may depend on it.
Always talk to your doctor about your weight. Your doctor can help you monitor the weight gain if it turns out to be too much. What you can do is eat a healthy diet and have regular prenatal checkups. To maintain a healthy weight, your doctor will give you some tips to increase or decrease the number of calories you eat. Of course, you can also consult a nutritionist for help. We sincerely recommend: DO NOT compare her to other pregnant women! You are different, and so is your body. Buy things that you like and make you feel good about yourself and try to choose the right clothes and lingerie. And love you! You have every reason to do so.
Symptoms of 16 weeks pregnancy
You may now have a sore back or bag and it can be uncomfortable, but it is very common. Take the time to do simple physical exercises, such as lower back stretches. You may also experience constipation due to your worry, anxiety, a low-fiber diet, and the pressure of the uterus on the intestines. Your cardiovascular system goes through major changes during this trimester and your blood pressure will be lower than usual. Do not get up too quickly as you may feel dizzy. Your heart needs to pump up to 30-40% more blood, which means extra effort and energy. What may appear to be some sort of “gas” in the stomach could be the baby who “performs” certain exercises? Remember the date of your first trip; this may be relevant for your doctor or midwife. It is good to know that nasal congestion is quite common during pregnancy, as well as nasal bleeding.
What to do in the 16th week of pregnancy?
Now is the time to enjoy your pregnancy! Plan a romantic date with your partner, out of town, or even at home. When the child is born, it will be very difficult for you to leave even for a weekend. Don’t miss this opportunity to be just the two of you. This period is also suitable for holidays by the sea or in the mountains. The bothersome symptoms of the first few weeks are probably gone and you are starting to regain your energy. By the third trimester, you will feel too tired to take long trips. Take advantage of these moments, stay active through walks, swimming, or yoga. Your belly is getting bigger, so you can also look for clothes for pregnant women. By the third trimester, you will feel too tired to take long trips.