16 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy Body Changes

You may begin to feel the baby move at 16 weeks pregnant. However, many first time mothers do not recognize fetal movements until 22 to 24 weeks. These first movements are called "quickening." You may also begin experiencing a stuffy nose and nosebleeds, bleeding gums, pain in your abdomen from stretching ligaments and swelling of your feet.

For some women, nasal congestion and nosebleeds are a side effect of pregnancy. This is due to altered levels of hormones, which may cause the mucous membranes in your nose to swell. Increased blood volume and softening of the tissues also contributes to this. Unfortunately, it may continue throughout your pregnancy. A vitamin C deficiency may cause nosebleeds, so an increase in your consumption of vitamin-C-rich foods may help. Do not use nose drops, other than saline, unless recommended by your care provider.

Between weeks 16 and 18 of pregnancy, your health care provider may offer you the maternal blood screening test, also known as a "triple marker" test or "triple screen," which measures the levels of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), a protein produced by the fetus, and the pregnancy hormones hCG and estriol in the mother's blood. The results of the triple marker test can tell whether your baby is at risk for common pregnancy complications like neural tube defects such as spina bifida or chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. The tests will only tell you if there is a risk, not if your baby has the abnormalities. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and advantages of this test.

Your Baby's Growth and Development

16 weeks pregnant By the time you are 16 weeks pregnant, your baby is between 4 and 4.5 inches from crown to rump and weighs about 3 to 3.5 ounces. Your baby's nails are well formed, and some babies are even in need of having their nails trimmed at birth. The ears have also moved from the neck to the head.

Your baby can hold his or her head erect, and the development of facial muscles allows for a variety of expressions, such as squinting and frowning. The stomach is producing digestive juices and the kidneys are producing urine. Your baby is well on its way to being a little person!


Back to Pregnancy Week by Week


Main Dishes and More

Main Dishes and More


Start saving time and money in your kitchen with these easy family-friendly recipes, packed with flavor.

Easy Recipes

Dinner Ideas

Chicken Recipes

Crock Pot Recipes

Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast Recipes


Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast Casseroles


Make a mouthwatering breakfast recipe or an easy, delicious breakfast casserole to turn any day into a special day.


 

Soup, Salads and Sides


Soup, Salads and Sides These great soups and side dishes go with everything from elegant holiday meals to a weeknight pot roast.

Soup Recipes

Side Dishes

Salad Recipes

Healthy Dinner Choices

Healthy Dinner Recipes

 

Healthy Dinner Recipes


Healthy doesn't mean bland with these delicious homemade dinner recipes.

Begin or maintain a healthy lifestyle for your whole family tonight.


 

Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes


Dessert Recipes

Get a delicious dessert for every occasion.

Pie recipes, cookies, cakes, fudge, cheesecake recipes and Mama Shirley's favorites all make wonderful happy endings.

Kids Recipes

Kids Recipes

 

Kids Recipes


Our Kids Recipes are easy to make and fun for kids of all ages. They're perfect for teaching beginning cooking and kitchen skills.


 

Pot Luck Casserole Recipes

Casserole Recipes

Casserole possibilites are endless, making it even easier to prep a hearty dinner with ingredients you have on hand. Try some of our family classics for easy one-dish dinners.

Casserole Recipes

Stock Your Freezer

Freezer Recipes

We’ve all been there before, it’s getting late in the afternoon and you’ve realized there isn’t anything for dinner. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. That’s where this section will come in handy for you.

Freezer Cooking Recipes


 


 


 

Names for Boys


Baby Boy Names

Choose the perfect name for your bundle of boy with help from our lists of thousands of boys names.

Boys Names

Names for Girls


Baby Girl Names

Find a beautiful name for your new daughter with easy to use lists of names and name meanings for girls.

Girls Names


Quotes for Life


Quotes About Life

The right quote at the right time can make you feel like there is a kindred spirit in this world that thinks like you do.

Some quotes have no other purpose than to make you laugh...something we could all use more of. Get inspired or reassured, visit the quotes pages often.

Quotes to Live By

Writing

These are the big lists for reference, all things vocabulary, reading and writing. 


List of Verbs

List of Pronouns

List of Prepositions

List of Nouns

List of Adverbs

List Of Adjectives


 

Bread Pudding Recipe


Bread Pudding

Cinnamon and vanilla infuse this custard-like dessert that starts with simple ingredients, but tastes like pure luxury.

Warm Spiced Bread Pudding Recipe

Easy Dinner Ideas


Easy Dinner Recipes

Try a variety of 30 minute meals, they're complete homemade dinners from kitchen to table in a half hour.

Quick and Easy 30 Minute Meals