Pregnancy Week 16
Embrace Your Roundness!
Changes in Your Body
By 16 weeks pregnant your waist has probably all but vanished. It will come back again so don't be too sad. Even though most women's abdomens stay a bit stretched out after delivery, over time you will notice a marked improvement in your appearance if eating a healthy diet and exercising when you can.
You are probably actually enjoying the roundness of your shape at 16 weeks pregnant. Many women look and feel their best during pregnancy. There is a reason for the term pregnancy glow after all. It isn't all about your face. Your growing, round and voluptuous body is a symbol of your fertility and inner beauty.
Maternity fashions are changing. Women aren't expected to hind behind large flowing gowns these days. In fact, short and fitted maternity wear is all the rage for pregnant women young and old today. I actually found throughout my pregnancy that fitted maternity clothing was much more flattering and comfortable than loose and ill fitting wear. So keep this in mind if shopping for pregnancy clothes around this time.
Your Baby's First Movements
If this is your first pregnancy, some time in the next few weeks you may feel your baby move for the first time. What does this feel like? A tiny miracle. Your baby's first movements feel a lot like gas. While this may seem weird, it is true. You might feel some small fluttering movements in your lower abdomen. You may just assume this is gas.
Watch out however... soon you'll start noticing those movements become more and more regular! That's when one day the light bulb will go off and you will discover your baby is inside, swimming happily about. I found during all my pregnancies feeling my baby move the first few times was the most pleasant and welcome side effect of pregnancy.
There is nothing more enjoyable knowing that your little baby is swimming warmly, happily and safely inside your belly. If this isn't your first pregnancy, don't be surprised if you start recognizing your baby's first movements much sooner. The earliest I felt movements in subsequent pregnancies was between 15 and 16 weeks pregnant.
Later in your pregnancy as your baby becomes stronger, you'll notice he or she kicks more often while you are at rest. Some babies are natural night owls while others kick more often during the day.
If you find you have trouble sleeping because your baby is a powerful kicker, the best step you can take is to relax. Nothing helps more with relaxation than a pregnancy pillow. Our personal favorite at The Maternity and Baby Shopping Mart is the
Snoozer Full Body Pregnancy Pillow. This amazing pillow is an ideal tool for comfort during your second trimester. You can use it to sleep semi-reclined, with the pillow lifting you slightly so you do not lie flat on your back. You can easily curl up into a ball and squeeze your pillow for support, placing a small part of your pregnancy pillow between your knees. Some women find they can also create a U shaped pocket using the Snoozer pregnancy pillow so they can lie almost on their bellies, without worrying about crushing baby.
These pregnancy pillows are a godsend, and will help you and your baby rest more easily and more often during the long hours of the night.
Those tiny flutterings may feel pleasant now but watch out! Later in pregnancy, especially as you enter your third trimester your baby will start kicking harder and harder. This is also fun, but admittedly a bit uncomfortable at times as your pregnancy progresses. Many people have fun trying to identify various moving body parts as your pregnancy progresses. You may find at times you become so accustomed to your baby moving, you don't notice it.
Rest assured however, other people will notice the sudden flips and flops your belly makes as your baby tries to swim about her increasingly cluttered space! At times it may even seem like the baby is trying to hop there way right out of your belly! I often used to joke my babies did "karate" in my belly throughout my pregnancies.
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