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Week 16


Pregnancy week by week


At 16 weeks, your baby is about the size of an avocado

What happens when you are 16 weeks pregnant?

Your Baby

By now your baby will react if your stomach is poked or pressed. The baby is also becoming sensitive to light outside the womb, but unfortunately that doesn't mean that it will sleep or rest at the same time you do. Later on in your pregnancy, night time movements can make it difficult for mums to get a good night's sleep.

Mum and Dad

From pregnancy at 16 weeks and onwards, you may be able to feel a flutter in your lower abdomen as the baby moves. Many women don't feel this movement for a few weeks more - you're more likely to feel it early if this is not your first baby. Between 16 and 20 weeks you may also be offered amniocentesis. An amniocentesis test uses a sample of the amniotic fluid surround your baby to find out if it has serious genetic conditions such as Down's syndrome. The test carries a 1 in 100 risk of miscarriage so it is usually only recommended if you're at high risk of having a baby with these conditions, for example if you are over 35 or if it runs in your family.

Stay Healthy

From the early stages of pregnancy, your womb presses on your bladder, making you need to urinate more frequently. But if you're finding it painful to pass urine, there's blood in your urine, or you feel generally feverish and unwell, you may have a urinary infection called cystitis. It's particularly common in pregnancy because it's harder for your bladder to empty fully and your bladder lining becomes softer. If you think you have cystitis, visit your GP, or ask your pharmacist for over-the-counter remedies that are suitable for use during pregnancy.