Your body at week 16

You are now 16 weeks pregnant (or in your 17th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby is growing

Your baby is around the size of a pear this week. Some of the body systems that are more sophisticated are operating now, including urinary system and the baby’s circulation. Read more information on the development of your baby this week.

How your life is changing

You’ve probably gained weight to the tune of at least 2.2 kg by today, perhaps as much as 4.5 kg. It is because of the greater volume of blood in your body, the weight of the baby and the amniotic fluid that covers your baby. Your womb is growing and you might feel pain due to the ligaments stretching in your abdomen. These pains are usually temporary, but your expanding uterus will place additional stress on your own back. Follow our fitness regime for strengthening your back and reducing chances of back pain. Following a fitness regime also strengthens your muscles that aid in childbirth.

Worrying about what labour would be like and how you will be as a parent is normal. You must talk to other young couples who have recently had a baby. Ask them how they felt at this stage and what their labour experience was like, so you know what to expect. You can also visit our forums to read about the experiences of other mothers and get advice from the community. If you have a question you want answered, you ask it on the forum.

Travel during pregnancy

It really is a good time for a last minute vacation. Travelling in the middle trimester is often suggested because you are usually over the first pregnancy emotions of nausea and exhaustion and not too far advanced for size or pre-mature labour to be an issue. Some airlines also don’t allow women who are too far advanced in their pregnancy to travel unless its an emergency.