Pregnancy at 16 weeks: development

You’re in your fourth month of pregnancy and your baby is about the size of an apple – around 100g and 11.6cm.

Your baby at 16 weeks

Your baby is working hard, pumping 23 litres of blood per day which will continue to increase throughout pregnancy. The legs are more developed and the head is erect. If you’ve had a baby before, you might start to feel your baby kicking this week – this will feel more like flutters than actual kicking at this stage.

This is a good time to start talking to your baby as they will begin hearing and will recognise your voice from birth. 

Your baby’s taste buds and taste pores are developed, and they can now taste the amniotic fluid.

16 weeks pregnancy

Your body at 16 weeks

Here’s what you might be experiencing:

  • Nosebleeds, as a result of increased blood volume.
  • Increased sex drive
  • Gas and heartburn, as a result of the hormones
  • Swollen gums
  • Round ligament pain, which is mild pain on the lower sides of your belly
  • Occasional headaches
  • Pregnancy brain – yes, this is a real thing, and it’s been shown that brain-cell volume decreases during pregnancy.

Taking care of yourself during this time

  • Try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet where you can, but don’t deprive yourself either.
  • Exercise regularly – choose something you love doing the most.
  • Try to control your stress levels at this time. If you can eliminate areas of stress, then that’s a good start. If you’re battling a bit, it might be worthwhile chatting to a professional who will be able to help.
  • If you’re struggling to fall asleep, use bed pillows or a pregnancy pillow to relieve pressure points.
  • Your clothes might be getting a bit tight, so now’s a good time to get some maternity clothes, especially pants.
  • If you’re keen and able to take one, now’s a good time to start planning a babymoon!

Click here for pregnancy at 15 weeks.