16 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect


by Emily Thorpe |

At sixteen weeks pregnant, you should have the beginnings of a baby bump and should notice your body starting to change. Here’s everything that’s happening to your baby, your body and any symptoms you might expect at 16 weeks pregnant.

How big is my baby at sixteen weeks?

Your baby is now about 11.6 cm long, the size of an avocado and weighs about three to four ounces – aren't they growing quick!

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What’s my baby doing at sixteen weeks pregnant?

  • starting to make facial expressions

  • can hear things such as voices and music

  • their heart is pumping 28 litres of blood a day

  • hairlines start appearing

  • baby can hold their head more steadily

The muscles in your baby’s face can now move, so this week they’ll start making facial expressions, although they don't really have any control over them just yet.

Your foetus might be looking more like a baby, but they've still got some way to go. At the moment, they've not got any baby fat yet and their skin is still translucent. Do not fear, both of these will change in a few weeks’ time.

As we mentioned last week, by this time in your pregnancy, your baby can hear your voice, the sounds of your digestive system (don’t worry, they finds them reassuring) and the music you play them. In fact, studies have shown babies who hear a song in the womb recognise it when it’s played to them once they’ve been born.

What is my body doing at sixteen weeks pregnant?

With the arrival of a baby bump, it’s very normal to struggle with the weight gain that comes with pregnancy but aim for around four pounds a month to keep your body and baby healthy. Now is the time to invest in a pregnancy wardrobe you feel good in!

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The mucous membranes in your nose also start to swell. This can leave you feeling pretty congested and even give you the odd nosebleed or two. If you’re really uncomfortable, ask your GP about pregnancy-safe nasal sprays, or try nasal strips.

What you should be doing this week

Bra shopping! As your bump gets bigger, do not forget your boobs. Thanks to those pregnancy hormones, your breasts could go up a few cup sizes and they’ll need adequate support. The right support will also stop droopiness later on, so if you ever needed the excuse to go bra shopping, it’s this! You’ll need to get properly measured and invest in comfy, breathable, non-wired bras – underwiring should be avoided as it can dig in and damage tender breast tissue.

Your week 16 FAQ’s answered:

Is there an ultrasound scan at 16 weeks?

There is not a scan at 16 weeks pregnant. There should, however, be an antenatal appointment. At this appointment, your midwife or GP will give you information about your 20-week ultrasound anomaly scan. At this point, according to the NHS, your healthcare professional will also:

  • review, discuss and record the results of any screening tests

  • measure your blood pressure and test your urine for protein

  • consider an iron supplement if you're anaemic

What are the symptoms I’m having a boy?

There are plenty of old wives’ tales on predicting whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Of course, none of these predictions are 100% accurate. The only way to truly tell is at your 20-week scan. Whilst we’re guessing though, why not try these?

Chinese Gender Predictor

Quiz: Am I having a boy or a girl?

How old is my baby at 16 weeks?

Pregnancy math can be difficult, at 16 weeks, your baby is 14 weeks old this week. Here’s our guide on how to count your pregnancy in weeks and months.

What should my belly look like at 16 weeks?

By this stage, most women have started to show, yet this isn’t always the case and depends on the size of you and your baby.

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