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16 weeks pregnant : Complete tips and symptoms all you need to know

Every parent would want the baby being conceived to grow healthily and perfectly. That is why listening to the development of the fetus every week is very important so that the mother can also monitor the condition of the fetus. Now, the gestational age of the mother has entered the 16th week, which means that the mother has entered the second trimester of pregnancy. Come on, see what are the developments experienced by the fetus at the age of 16 weeks here.

In the sixteenth week of gestation, the size of the mother's fetus is about the size of an avocado with a body length from head to foot about 12 centimeters, and weighing around 100 grams. If the mother underwent an ultrasound examination this week, then the mother could see the Little One's face that had been overgrown with eyebrows and eyelashes. The muscles in the back and face are also getting stronger.

The little one can now hold his head straight. The fetus has also been able to make several expressions on his face, such as frowning, squinting or frowning.



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Not only that, Janini's eyelids can now detect light that is outside the mother's stomach. With small bones growing in the fetus' ears, their hearing is now much more developed.

At present, Little One may have begun to find his new toy, which is his own umbilical cord stretching before him. The little one that grows in the amniotic fluid inhales and exhales in the form of liquid, not air. This liquid will protect it and help it to grow and develop until finally it is ready to be born later.

Changes in the Mother's Body at the Age of 16 Weeks of Pregnancy

The most exciting news in the 16th week of pregnancy is that the mother can feel the little kick, you know. If the mother feels there is an upheaval in the stomach, maybe that means the little one is kicking in the mother's stomach. Although each mother can feel this at different times, usually the Little One's first kick occurs between the 16th week to the 20th week.

Don't imagine the mother will feel a strong kick from the baby. The first fetal kick is usually very weak, so maybe the mother will mistakenly think that it is a symptom of digestive problems, especially if this is the first pregnancy.

Symptoms of Pregnancy at 16 Weeks

As the fetus develops, the following pregnancy symptoms you can feel in the sixteenth week:

Even though it's only a little, but the mother can feel the Little movement in the stomach this week.
The greater fetal growth may suppress the mother's lungs, causing the mother to have a little difficulty breathing.
The uterus that grows even bigger will suppress the intestine and cause pregnant women to experience constipation.
The good news in this week of pregnancy is that the mother's hair will look more shiny than usual and the mother will probably show "aura of pregnancy" that makes the mother more beautiful.

Pregnancy Care at 16 Weeks

The development of the fetus at the age of 16 weeks will put extra pressure on the back and muscles of the mother's pelvis. That is why mothers are advised to do exercises that can increase stamina and make the body become flexible or flexible. In addition, mothers also must continue to eat good nutritious food and do not give up on all unhealthy "cravings".

If the mother has skin problems this week, such as dry and itchy skin, use a moisturizer to prevent scratches that can cause scars.

What do I need to discuss with the doctor on week 16?

If you visit a doctor and find that there is sugar in your urine, don't be worried first. Your body is doing something important, which is to ensure that your baby gets enough glucose sugar.

Because the baby depends entirely on you to get the necessary nutrients. So the hormone insulin will adjust blood sugar levels and ensure that your body has enough blood sugar levels in the body.

However, sometimes the body misjudges the blood sugar levels needed, so eventually the excess sugar in the blood. Finally, sugar will be released in the urine. Therefore, sugar in urine is quite common, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy.

For the best results, consult your doctor and ask for advice to equip yourself with sufficient knowledge about the condition.

Tests that may be needed to support the development of the fetus 16 weeks of pregnancy


Between the 16th and 18th weeks of pregnancy, your doctor may take a test to measure alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels, namely proteins produced by the fetus, HCG pregnancy hormones, and estriol in maternal blood. In addition, your doctor will also measure inhibin-A levels in your body.

If you have done a blood test and / or ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy, the results of these tests will help you to find out if your baby is at risk for neural tube defects, such as spina bifida or chromosomal aberrations such as Down syndrome.

You must understand that if your test results are abnormal, it does not mean that the fetus has a problem. However, this means you need to do a more complete test to ensure your own health. Talk to your doctor to find out about the risks and benefits of undergoing this test to support the development of the fetus 16 weeks of pregnancy.

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