June 17, 2011

16 Weeks Pregnant – What You Should Expect

It’s really funny that a lady who has never being pregnant thinks about the changes in her body as ever week is passing by.

16 weeks of pregnancy comes under second trimester of the pregnancy period. The belly may not be much obvious, more so in slender women. Women love this period of their pregnancy as they are just flabby so as to look pregnant but not so that they look awkward. The most exciting feature a pregnant woman can notice is the movement of the baby. Depending on several factors, first movement of baby occurs at 16 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Medically it is termed as quickening and is felt as light flickering over the abdomen.

You may need some maternity clothes at this time. Although there is not much growth of the baby and you may not actually need them for a couple of weeks more, but getting used to clothing that helps the room to grow your body is accepted by many pregnant mothers.

You should do some blood tests at this period after consultation with your doctor. The most important test is AFP (Alfafetoprotein) test and Triple test. These tests are conducted to measure the congenital abnormality, if any, to your baby. If there is increased level of AFP in your blood, there is considerable chance of delivering a baby with Down syndrome (mental retardation, lanky stature and congenital organ abnormality). The chance of termination of pregnancy can be thought of.

Amniocentesis is another test that is also conducted at this time. It detects any chromosomal problem in your baby. A thin needle is passed through your abdomen to draw a little amount of amniotic fluid under radiological guidance (ultrasonography).

At 16 weeks, your baby is almost 4.5 inches long and weighs about 3 Oz. At this time, the baby can hold the head straighter inside the womb and starts moving.

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