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Week 16 - Heather's Pregnancy Journey

May. 20th, 2005

11:57 am - Week 16

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Week 16
About 14 weeks after conception

Now that you are 16 weeks pregnant, you could begin to notice the baby moving around inside you. And as the baby develops, these movements start to become more coordinated. Now your baby holds his head erect and with the development of his facial muscles, he can make quite a few expressions, including squinting and frowning. If you have been pregnant before, you will recognize these feelings. Those who have never experienced a pregnancy before often do not even realize that those strange 'butterfly' feelings in their tummy are actually the baby moving about.

This week, your baby weighs around 2.8 ounces (80 grams). He measures approximately 4.6 inches (116 millimeters) in length. Around this time, his ears have shifted from near the neck to the head. Baby is emptying his bladder about every 30-45 minutes. If you had an ultrasound now, the technician would be able to determine the sex of the baby.

The baby is continuing to receive more calcium on his bones and his skeleton is still developing. If you are carrying a baby girl, millions of eggs (ova) will form in her ovaries at this time.