What happens during the 16th week of pregnancy?
- Getting the blood flowing: Your baby’s circulatory system is up and running, pumping about 25 quarts of blood a day.
- Stretch and flex: Your baby’s getting stronger every day, with their spine and tiny muscles now able to support their head.
- It's dark in here: Their eyes are still closed, but they’re developing nicely and able to move from side to side.
- Your baby's bowels are working now: In fact, that little digestive tract can create meconium, a dark green stool.
- Turn that frown upside down: Your baby's now making new expressions, like squinting and frowning, which are important steps in social and communication development.
What does a baby look like at 16 weeks?
At 16 weeks pregnant, a fetus is the size of an avocado—about 4.6 inches. Your little one’s muscles are building strength, and their face is becoming more expressive. Can’t wait to find out if you’re having a girl or a boy? In a few weeks, an ultrasound should be able to identify your baby’s gender.
How to get your baby to move at 16 weeks
Is it gas or your baby? At 16 weeks, some moms-to-be, especially those who have had previous pregnancies, start to feel their babies moving. The wonderful fluttering sensation, known as “quickening,” may feel like little gas bubbles in your belly. Feeling those tiny kicks for the first time is one of the most precious pregnancy moments.
While you can’t always make your baby move on command, you may find that they are more active at a certain time of day or after you eat or drink. Keep track of what gets your little one wiggling. And if you don’t feel any fetal movement yet, don’t worry. Most moms won’t notice quickening this early on. You’ve got all of the third trimester to feel your baby moving in the womb.