16 weeks pregnant – The morning sickness period is over!

16 weeks pregnant - can't stop eating
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This week has been super busy, which means my energy and appetite have come back with a vengeance. It couldn’t have been better timing as I had my theory test today.

The theory test centre was quite far away from home, so I had to jump onto a crowded bus and, as I wasn’t really showing that much yet, no one offered me a seat, so I had to stand for 40 minutes. To be honest, it didn’t really matter in the end because I ended up passing my theory test, WOOHOO! 

I didn’t have time to celebrate as I had two job interviews soon afterwards, the after hte other, so I had to run to the nearest underground station and travel into Central London. It was lunchtime so people were scurrying around buying their lunch and the underground, as usual, was crammed. I had ten minutes to eat my lunch, so I ran to the nearest coffee shop and asked the guy behind the counter if any of the sandwiches had mayonnaise in them as I didn’t want to eat anything that may have contained raw egg. He couldn’t tell me, so I ended up wolfing down a cheese and tomato Panini, which tasted like heaven – I was ravenous! It was at that moment that I had realised that my nausea had vanished and in place was a hungry appetite, keen to try anything I could get my hands on.

16 weeks pregnant
Image of me with a growing baby!

The two interviews were quick and painless. The interviewer and I chatted a lot about work and pregnancy and when I thought I would come back to work. I hadn’t really thought about it much until now. I had been so swept up in the hormonal and physical changes of the first trimester that I had forgotten about what I wanted to do after the pregnancy! I still felt like I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum, but as I couldn’t say that to the interviewers, I just told them that I wanted to go back to work as soon as I was physically able to.

I received a surprise call from my sister-in-law to be (my husband’s, brother’s fiancé). She had travelled down from Spain on a surprise trip to England, which she said was an absolute nightmare of a journey. It was a really nice surprise to have her around, so I tried to make my way home as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I had, again, caught the dreaded London rush hour after work, so I had to contend with standing in the tube all the way home.

I booked my ticket to North Cyprus this week. I was so happy that I finally had the chance to go on holiday that I started packing early for the trip. Will I be able to handle the 40 degrees heat whilst being pregnant though?

A fun fact – The baby is about the size of a pear or an avocado!

The Science Part

Your baby at 16 weeks

  • Over the next few weeks, your baby will double in size.
  • Your baby’s eyes and ears are now in their correct position and their tiny ears will start to pick up your voice soon.
  • Your baby’s eyebrows and eyelashes start to grow
  • You may start to feel tiny movements now as your baby is continuing to move around in your tummy
  • Your baby can now move every muscle in their body – their hands can now touch each other and discover that your umbilical cord is now a toy to play with!
  • Your baby can also hold their head upright

Your pregnancy signs and symptoms

  • Your uterus is now between your pubic bone and belly button
  • You should start to feel more energetic – and ravenous!
  • Are your skin and hair glowing yet?
  • You may start to crave strange foods.
  • Any weight you have gained is from the increased blood in your body, amniotic fluid and your growing baby.
  • Your baby can also yawn at this point
  • Are your breasts getting larger and more tender? They will start to make colostrum at this point which is the first milk – or liquid gold – you produce for your baby’s first feed.
  • Your lower back pain may start to curve more as you accommodate your baby, causing back pain and strained muscles. Try to keep your back as straight as possible and in a neutral position. Having a warm bath can help with back pain.

Your next steps

  • The second trimester is a great time for you and your partner to go away as you will start to generally feel well – until you eat too much!
  • You should have a 16 week check up with your midwife soon.
  • Your 20-week scan is coming up very quickly.
  • Have you kitted yourself out in fancy maternity wear yet?

*Illustrations by Charlotte Watkins. 

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Leyla Preston (583 Posts)

Leyla Preston is the owner and Editor of Motherhood Diaries global magazine for parents. Leyla is a busy mother of two even busier boys; Aron, 8, and Aidan, 6. When Leyla isn’t feeding, managing a gazillion tasks or cleaning the infinite mess at home, she is busy working on this magazine and a new cooking channel coming very soon – no rest for the wicked! You can follow Leyla on Twitter (@M_Diaries) or join the busy Motherhood Diaries Facebook group where all mums get together and share stories and solutions with one another: https://www.facebook.com//groups/motherhooddiaries/