Week 16 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar: You are now 16 weeks pregnant

16 weeks old fetus (baby)

Week 16 of fetal development

This week is very important if you are above 35 years of age, because some special tests like serum alpha feto protein (a harmless blood test) need to be carried out now to rule out congenital abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome or ‘spina bifida’. Amniocentesis is another test where a sample of amniotic fluid is taken out to test for chromosomal abnormality. An ultrasound scan of the abdomen is also useful at this time to rule out congenital anomalies. Your body starts producing milk and the blood flow to the breast increases. Dark pigmentation around the areola increases and Montgomery’s tubercles become more pronounced.

Your baby

By now your baby’s facial muscles have developed slightly to enable her to open the mouth, squint or frown.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Visit your doctor in case you need these special tests.
  • Improve your posture to avoid backache, keep your back straight.
  • Start taking your iron, calcium and vitamin supplements regularly.
  • Avoid bending down to do things.
  • Eat well and drink enough fluid.
  • Do light exercise.

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