Week 16

Your Baby is 6 inches long and weighs 2.5 ounces!

Your Changing Body

  • Your uterus is continuing to grow and weighs approximately 8 ½ ounces.
  • Your placenta is also growing, and your body is producing an increased amount of amniotic fluid that helps protect your baby during your pregnancy.
  • Right now your body has about 7 ½ ounces of amniotic fluid surrounding your baby.
  • When you are pregnant, your body produces 50% more blood, resulting in more blood circulation through your body. This increase in blood circulation may cause your face to appear "flushed" and brighter.


Your Growing baby

  • By the end of week 16, your baby is approximately 6 inches and weighs 2 ½ ounces.
  • Your baby is preparing himself/herself for a growth spurt over the next several weeks.
  • Your baby’s head is more erect now than it has been in the previous weeks of pregnancy.
  • His/her ears and eyes are situated in their final positions.
  • More complicated body systems are beginning to function, including the urinary and circulatory system.


  • Your body is also producing hormones that cause your oil glands to work in over-drive, leaving your face shiny.
  • Both of these things can result in a "pregnancy glow". What can you do about it? If your skin becomes too oily, you can use an oil free cleanser to clean your face. Other than that, enjoy your pregnancy glow!