Must know top 11 Facts about 16 Week Pregnancy - Symptoms and Checklist

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 05 Jan 2019 - Written by Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

A woman in her 16 week pregnancy must know that the symptoms associated with the pregnancy include weight gain, nasal congestion, radiant skin, lustrous hair, enlarged breasts, constipation, as well as dry and itchy eyes. A mid-pregnancy ultrasound is recommended to the pregnant women so as to keep a check on the growth of the baby.

Let’s Discuss in More Details About 16 weeks Pregnant:

We know that you are highly curious to know what all is happing with your body when you are 16 weeks pregnant. So before we deep dive into facts about your baby below is a list of interesting facts related to your body at 16 weeks pregnancy.

1. Weight Gain

  • Watching yourself gaining weight may not appear to be a good transformation at first. But at 16 weeks pregnant your baby is growing rapidly and trying to accommodate in the uterus well and weight gain is obvious.
  • Every extra ounce you acquire during week 16 pregnancy is a sign that you and your baby are maintaining good health.
  • At this point in time, you may experience a bulge in your belly and the baby bump can reveal your top secret to the world – in case you have shared it yet.

From now on, make sure you embrace the changes in your body throughout pregnancy – these will be the most memorable moments for you.

2. Nasal Congestion or Blocked Nose

  • Your uterus is not the only part, which continues to swell throughout your pregnancy. The pregnancy hormones are circulating in your body and may affect the mucous membranes present in your nose too.

A 16 weeks pregnant lady facing problem nasal congestion

  • You may be well aware of occasional nosebleeds that may occur but unfortunately, the stuffy nose can create more uncomforting situations during this time.
  • Make sure to consult your doctor before trying your hands on any kinds of Nasal Sprays as some nasal sprays can cause pregnancy-related complications.
  • Installing a humidifier in your room and dabbing your nose with a lubricant or petroleum jelly can help avoid dryness and congestion.
  • If in case the congestion becomes truly unbearable then try your hands on saline sprays or nasal strips – but only after consulting your doctor.

3. Skin Radiance and Lustrous Hairs

  • It is definitely good news for moms to be (at week 16 pregnancy) to start having glowing skin because as per our research 16 weeks is too early for most. Usually, radiant skin starts to show at 20 weeks of Pregnancy.
  • You may also notice a fast pace growth of fingernails and lustrous hair.

4. Backache

  • A backache would not be new to you, by this stage of pregnancy.
  • The pregnancy hormones continue to create turmoil throughout your pregnancy and often result in aching back.

5. Enlarged Breasts

  • Your breasts may look fuller and may now have gone several cup sizes higher. You are more likely to get prepped for lactation or breastfeeding by the end of the second trimester.

6. Constipation

  • You may feel blocked or constipated throughout your pregnancy due to the extra pressure on your intestines.
  • Keep your plates well acquainted with fiber-rich foods and include plenty of healthy drinks in your diet regime to keep things moving well.

7. Dry and Itchy Eyes

  • You may feel discomfort or itching in your sensitive eyes, during 16-week pregnancy.

16 weeks pregnant lady have dry and itchy eyes

  • You can use an effective eye drop to relieve discomfort and pain.

8. Don’t Mind The Pregnancy Brain

  • 16 weeks pregnancy introduces you to new aspects of your brain. We bet no one knows that a pregnant woman is more likely to become forgetful during pregnancy.
  • The reason behind the pregnancy brain is still unclear but it may be because your mind is super committed to making a baby and working many extra hours per day and so the forgetful nature.

9. Measuring The Embryo

  • At week 16 pregnancy your baby measures around 4.6 inches in length and weighs around 3.5 ounces. The baby resembles the size of an avocado.

Size of 16 Weeks baby like size of an avocado
Also at this time some of the most fascinating developments of your baby are as follows:

  • By week 16 pregnancy your baby’s eyes are well developed and have started working.
  • Although the eyelids are still sealed, baby can make side-to-side movements and has already begun to perceive light.
  • Your baby has grown more adorable with recently developed eyebrows and eyelashes. But the baby is still skinny and has not attained much fat yet.
  • Your baby’s skin is practically translucent till now and it allows you to get a sneak peek at the blood vessels under that thin sheet of soft skin.
  • At 16 weeks pregnant, tiny bones of the fetus have attained a perfect position.
  • As the earlobes of the fetus are now in place, she or he can now listen to your voice while you are talking to someone or when you are singing in the shower.
  • It’s high time for moms to be to start crooning your favorite lullabies. Studies reveal that babies who hear a song while in mother’s womb recognize the same tune when it is sung to them after birth as well.

10. Checklist For 16 Weeks Pregnant Woman

  • Schedule 20 weeks prenatal checkup with your Doctor.
  • Get your mid-pregnancy ultrasound done.

Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya

Written by

Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist

Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya is an IVF specialist and endoscopic surgeon who is practicing in the field of gynecology and infertility for more than two decades. He holds medical degree namely MBBS and DGO. He provides treatment services like In vitro fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), sperm and egg donation, sperm and egg freezing, tuboplasty, testicular biopsy, myomectomy, surrogacy, IMSI, ICSI and TESA. Dr. Mehul is currently the director of Sumirans Womens Hospital and Radhe Endoscopy Training Centre and Research Institute, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. You can find out further information regarding Dr. Mehul at


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Janvi Rajput

Is Metrogyl tablet safe during pregnancy? Please suggest!

Oct. 9, 2018, 11:21 p.m. 5.0


Harshit Chopra

It's beneficial to take prenatal care during this period of pregnancy. Expecting mother will gain virtual experience of carrying a baby which helps a lot.

Aug. 1, 2018, 6:14 p.m. 5.0


Smriti Jha

I gained around 20 kg of weight within 16 weeks of pregnancy. And I think I will gain more.

April 30, 2018, 1:20 p.m. 5.0


Panchi Poddar

My doctor advised me to eat vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and low-fat dairy items to gain proper nutrition during my 16 week pregnancy. She also asked me skip prepared nourishment, bundled tidbits and sugar-stacked sweets. I also used to take cheddar and plain yogurt, hummus, child carrots...

Oct. 28, 2017, 4:29 p.m. 4.5


Arpit Shukla

16 week pregnancy turns out to be very crucial from weight aspect for a pregnant woman. For instance, if you began your pregnancy at a normal weight, you can expect your weight to increase around 12 to 14 pounds this trimester. In all it will add a sum of 25 to 35 to your entire pregnancy. You ne...

Oct. 28, 2017, 3:54 p.m. 4.5

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