You have reached week 16, and the limbs and joints of your baby are fully formed. The baby is actually doing a great job in your womb and is growing very fast. It should be around 11.5cm in length and would be the size of that of an avocado now. They are now all flexing and stretching with all their limbs and joints fully developed. And they probably know how to suck their thumb.
Now that their backbone has become more stronger, they will start to straighten out their neck and head more. The baby’s nervous system is also forming connections to all their muscles so you may find your baby beginning to move with some more purpose and also will have reflexes.
The facial muscles of the baby can move now, and thus the facial expressions are starting to appear, and the little darling will not have any control over them.
They will now start playing with the umbilical cord since they now have the ability to grip. The skin of your baby is presently quite translucent, and if you could take a glimpse, you’d be able to view blood vessels under their skin.
Your little darling is going to grow incredibly by the next few weeks and is going to double his weight and add more inches to its length. As of now, he will just be the size of an avocado, which is just about four and a half inches long (crown to bottom) and three and a half ounces. His legs are much more grown, and his head is more upright than it has been. The scalp patterning would have begun, though his hairs haven’t started growing. Moreover, he’s even began growing toenails. And a lot is happening inside as well. For instance, his heart will be now pumping around 25 quarts of blood a day, and this amount will proceed to increase as your baby grows.
Baby’s Length: The length of the baby is around 4.57 inches.
Baby’s Weight: He/she will now weight nearly 3.53 oz.
Blood vessels: The circulatory system of the baby is now working properly, and its heart is pumping approximately 25 quarts of blood each day.
Head: The head of the baby is a bit more erect now, and its scalp pattern is beginning to develop. However, the hair hasn’t begun growing in yet.
Toe: The little one has also started growing its tow nails.
The crown of your uterus is about midway between your pubic bone and your navel, and the round ligaments that hold it are thickening and expanding as it grows. You might feel less nauseating. There will be fewer mood swings, and you will also attain a glowing skin. All these contribute to a total sense of well-being.
Soon you’ll feel one of the most beautiful moments of pregnancy – sensing your baby move. While some women find “quickening” as early as 16 weeks, many don’t experience their baby move till around 18 weeks or more. The earliest movements may experience such as little flutters, popcorn popping or even gas bubbles. Over the coming weeks, they’ll become stronger, and you’ll be able to feel them much more often.