16 weeks pregnant symptoms
Your gums may be sensitive and bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth. Change your toothbrush regularly and use a soft bristled brush. Brush twice a day and floss. Brush the back of your tongue, this is where decay causing bacteria breed. Make sure you have at least one dental check-up during your pregnancy. Gum disease is one of the risk factors for premature labor and a low-birth-weight baby.
You might still be prone to constipation. Water, fruits, vegetables, grain-based cereals, and exercise are all naturally effective remedies.
You’re likely to have an increase in your vaginal discharge. During pregnancy, discharge is usually milky white or clear, but unless it causes itching or smells, don’t be concerned. Mucous producing cells in your vagina play a protective role against infection.
Sharp twinges of pain and cramping for a 16-weeks pregnant belly are not uncommon. Ligaments and muscles supporting the uterus are getting a workout. Try not to move suddenly and avoid standing for long periods.
Having a baby can bring about changes in a woman’s relationship with her own parents. You may find yourself reflecting on your own childhood. These reflections are completely normal, demonstrating the significance of parenting.
16 weeks pregnant baby changes
At 16 weeks your baby can hear. Studies have shown babies who are accustomed to music during pregnancy respond positively to the same sounds after they’re born.
Your baby is moving a lot this week. Unless you’ve been pregnant before, you may still be unaware.
This week your baby can open its mouth and move its tiny lips. There’s lots of practicing with breathing and swallowing movements, so that amniotic fluid is constantly being cycled through your baby’s body.
This week your 16-week fetus has probably found its umbilical cord and is holding on. Don’t worry that their grip is tight enough to restrict blood flow. Your baby will let go before there’s any risk of that happening.
Tips for 16 weeks pregnant
Tell your older children about the baby and show them your 16-week pregnant belly. This will help them to prepare and build a sense of connection with their new sibling.
Don’t forget the sun block. Melanin in your skin will be making your freckles and moles a bit darker. Most sun blocks are safe to use during pregnancy and won’t harm you or your baby. Look for one which protects against both UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays).
Although there’s only a cup or so of fluid surrounding your baby, it’s enough for protection and support.
At 16 weeks pregnant is being obsessed with thoughts of the baby common?
Being focused on the baby is a common 16-week pregnant symptom. This is nature’s way of preparing for a baby.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.