Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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SECOND TRIMESTER / WEEK 16

16th Week of Pregnancy

Baby's First Hiccups Ahead!
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Baby's Growth and Development at 16 Weeks Pregnant

Baby's Growth and Development at 16 Weeks Pregnant

  • Right now, your baby is about 4½ to 5½ inches long, or about the length of a large orange.
  • Little hiccups continue and you might feel them!
  • When you’re around 17 weeks pregnant, a necessary fat called brown fat develops under your baby’s skin. This will help keep her warm after birth. Later in your pregnancy, additional layers of fat develop.
  • Air passages in your baby’s lungs finish branching.
  • By your 17th week of pregnancy, your baby’s lungs prepare to take in oxygen.

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Your Changing Body at 16 Weeks Pregnant

By your 16th week of pregnancy, hopefully, you are finding the recent changes in your body much easier than the first few months of pregnancy.

  • Forgetting something? It's normal during pregnancy to become forgetful, even if it's not usual for you. It will pass.
  • By your 16th week of pregnancy, your body's bones, joints, and muscles have probably adapted to the extra stress of carrying a baby.
  • As you begin to “show,” your navel may protrude.
  • At 16 weeks pregnant, pressure from your uterus on the veins that return blood from your legs may lead to leg cramps, especially at night.

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Wellness and Nutrition at 16 Weeks Pregnant

In addition to your healthy diet and exercise program, by your 16th week of pregnancy, you might want to address common symptoms of pregnancy during the second trimester.

  • Get your iron on! Iron is especially important during these weeks of pregnancy to produce the red blood cells your body needs. Without enough iron, you may become anemic. This can make you tired and more susceptible to illnesses.
  • Avoid the nosebleed section. Interested in caring for congestion, stopping the stuffiness, or even nixing the nosebleeds? By your 16th week of pregnancy, you might have found that a runny nose is a usual part of being pregnant. If you're lucky, you may not have had any stuffiness at all. Either is normal, but if hormones and your body's extra blood volume wreak havoc with your nose, take a look at these suggestions:
    • Try saline drops (with your doctor's approval).
    • Drink enough liquids to keep nasal passages moist.
    • Try a humidifier, particularly when you sleep.
    • Dab petroleum jelly around the edges of your nostrils to further moisten and protect the skin.

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