16 Weeks Pregnancy
16 Weeks Pregnancy
Your baby, which is almost the size of an avocado during the 16 weeks pregnancy period, will double in weight and height in the next few weeks. Most likely the baby starts kicking during this period. Many expectant mothers experience this major change between the 16 weeks pregnancy period and the 20 weeks pregnancy period. But don’t expect strong karate kicks. The first kick is so perceived that it is often confused with stomach contractions or digestive problems. And for mothers who have experienced this for the first time, it will be quite difficult to notice the first kicks.
Baby at 16 Weeks Pregnancy
16 weeks pregnancy bump is another curious topic. Get ready for a final growth move. Your baby, which is almost the size of an avocado now, will double in weight and height in the next few weeks. For this reason, it can hold its head and neck in a more upright position. Skull and toenails are formed, thanks to the muscles developing on the face, it can frown and move your eyes even at such an early stage. During the 16 weeks pregnancy period, the eyes finally started to see and they can perceive the light a little. Your baby started looking a little better, it has a head with eyebrows and eyelids. Her skin is translucent, in other words, if you could look at your baby right now, you could clearly see the blood vessels. There are also big changes in the body. Another important development for you is that your baby can hear you now! Thanks to its developing ears, it can hear you when you speak or sing. Research shows that babies recognize the sounds they hear before they are born. Therefore, it is useful to pay attention to the songs you listen to.
Changes in 16 Weeks of Pregnancy
During the 16 weeks pregnancy period, the upper part of your uterus is located in the middle of the groin and navel region and your muscles that support it are getting thicker and tense every day. You probably feel better as you get used to pregnancy; less nausea, less mood swings and the glow of pregnancy that helps you feel good. You are now at a point where the protrusion in your abdomen looks like a baby rather than a navel. Even for a good purpose, it may be difficult for you to watch your weight gain. While it is a difficult process to get used to the new shape of your body, remember that every weight you take indicates that you and your baby are healthy. As long as you are eating properly and doing sports regularly, there will be no problems in the long run. Remember, every woman is different, so everyone’s weight will be different. Buy some accessories that will make you feel good this week to show some love for your body’s new shape. Your uterus isn’t the only place on your body that swells. The mucus tissue in your nose can also swell due to pregnancy hormones circulating in your body and increased blood circulation. As a result, you may experience nasal congestion and nosebleeds. Unfortunately, the situation can get worse as your pregnancy progresses and your doctor will most likely not prescribe any medications for this (consult your doctor for alternative methods that you can use instead of medication). You can use salt water sprays and nasal strips and a moisture machine that you put in your room can also work.
How Much Weight Do I Need To Gain?
If you started your pregnancy at an average weight, aim to gain 5 to 6 pounds in this trimester (you will gain 10 to 13 pounds during your entire pregnancy). If you are very thin or have excess weight before pregnancy or are expecting a twin baby, your doctor may suggest you gain more or less weight than necessary.
How to Track Weight?
During the second trimester, it will be enough to eat 340 calories more per day. The total amount of calories you need may vary depending on your weight and daily activity. If you are gaining more weight than necessary: Some women can gain weight very quickly, although it is not right to follow low-calorie diets or skip meals during pregnancy. Instead, you can follow these suggestions to slow down your weight gain:
- Start the day with a nutritious breakfast that contains enough protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber and a small amount of healthy fat.
- Eat vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and low-fat dairy products. Avoid processed foods, packaged snacks and sweet desserts.
- Have fresh fruits such as cheese, yogurt, hummus, carrots, vegetables, bananas and apples at hand. In this way, you can reduce the rate of eating junk food.
- Find delicious food that can be an alternative to a fatty food. Like ice cream instead of frozen yogurt, donuts instead of donuts and lean corn instead of chips.
- Drink water instead of juice or carbonated drink.
Exercise as much as your doctor allows. If you’re having trouble starting sports or doing it regularly, find someone to accompany you. This will motivate you. Even a 20-minute walk at lunchtime will make a difference. If you are not gaining enough weight: Some women are not gaining as much weight as needed. Here are a few suggestions:
- Add vitamin C for milkshake every day and in. You will experience a calorie increase and you will benefit from the calcium in ice cream.
- Eat good fat foods such as avocados or nuts.
- Try to eat dried fruit. Dried fruits are not as satisfying as their freshness, so you eat more and get more calories.
- Do not forget to eat snacks in addition to your meals.
- Remember that you need to gain weight for your baby and your own health. If you are still struggling to gain weight, have an eating disorder or complain about your appearance, talk to your doctor and get the support you need.