16 weeks pregnant tip
After 16 weeks of pregnancy your baby will get a greasy protective layer on his skin. This remains until birth! If you are lucky with a pregnancy glow, it is a shame that your baby cannot see you yet, because then you are beaming like never before. Unfortunately this is not for everyone, on the contrary …
Your baby in week 16 of your pregnancy
If you are 16 weeks pregnant, your baby will get a white, greasy substance on its wrinkled skin. This is called vernix caseosa and consists of down hair, dead skin cells and oil from your baby’s glands. The waxy stuff protects your baby against harmful influences from the amniotic fluid . Shortly after birth there is often some vernix on your baby’s skin. Your child can sometimes look very different than you expect! But he remains the most beautiful baby in the world.
Your baby develops the sucking reflex after 16 weeks of pregnancy and is now able to put his thumb in his mouth. Maybe he’s just thumbs right now, cute isn’t it ?! Your baby is born with different primitive reflexes , so that he can survive outside your safe womb .
You in week 16 of your pregnancy
Well, you are probably a few pounds heavier now than before your pregnancy, but you feel a lot better than during the first trimester . You probably have more energy and are less sick . You may even be one of the lucky women who has a pregnancy glow around them. In that case your hair and skin shine, you have a blush on your cheeks and you shine like the sun. The opposite may also be true; Acne, eczema and other skin problems can now arise.
Pregnancy glow or not, you can still be surprised by unexpected (and unwanted) symptoms of pregnancy . Your nose may be so clogged that you would have thought you were dancing in the rain in your bikini. However, the real cause is the combination of hormonal changes and increased blood flow to your mucous membranes. If you have a lot of problems with this, you can regularly get a bloody nose. Talking about a cold … what about hay fever during pregnancy ?
Tip at 16 weeks pregnant
In the second trimester you probably have some energy again. As you are less mobile at the end of your pregnancy and are busy with your little one all day after giving birth, this is a suitable period to enjoy your partner for a little longer! Go away for a weekend together or plan a few nice outings. You don’t have to worry that you can’t fly anymore .
Tips for You This Week
Prevent varicose veins
Varicose veins during pregnancy are relatively common, and usually painless and harmless — just another occupational hazard of being a mom-to-be.
And don’t worry: After delivery they’ll shrink along with the rest of you. For prevention, don’t stand in one position for long stretches and elevate your feet when you sit.Try a humidifier
That annoying stuffiness in your nose and sometimes even the nosebleeds that accompany it, especially if you’re blowing often, usually start around week 16 of your pregnancy and usually stick with you and sometimes get worse to the very end.
Try using a neti pot with bottled, distilled water and a humidifier to moisten your dry nose.Prepare for the quad screen
The quad screen is a blood test that measures the levels of four substances produced by the fetus and the placenta and passed into the mother’s bloodstream. The results tell you what the probability is that you are carrying a child with a chromosomal abnormality or neural tube defect.
While the quad screening genetic test is done between 15 and 22 weeks, results obtained between 16 and 18 weeks tend to be the most accurate.Make special requests
Speak up about special requests. You’re not the only picky eater these days. Wait staff and chefs in most establishments are used to — if still not always particularly happy with — substitutions of all kinds.
Go ahead and hold the mayo, ask for your dressing and sauce on the side, skip the bacon and blue cheese on the Cobb and see if the rare duck breast can be served cooked through.
And when you get those special requests, pay attention to the portions. Many restaurants serve portions large enough to feed small villages.
Resist the temptation to be queen of the clean-plate club (you’ll only pay the price in indigestion). Instead, leave over what you’re too full to eat and doggie bag leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. Or ask for half portions.Choose the restaurant
You may not always have this opportunity, but seize the chance to choose the restaurant when you can. Cash in the “I’m pregnant, I’m fussy” chip whenever possible. Certain restaurants are better suited to the pregnant diner than others.
For example a fish restaurant with a salad bar, good — a sushi-bar restaurant with limited cooked options, not so good. If heartburn or other tummy troubles have your meal options limited to the bland, blander and blandest, you may want to opt out of that spicy new Indian place or that eatery that prides itself in frying everything, including the ice cream.Choose good calories
Listen up and smile: You get to eat an extra 100 to 200 calories for every half hour of strenuous exercise. But choose those calories wisely. Pick nutrient-rich foods that won’t undo the benefits of all your hard work.
So much for that chocolate bar you were about to reach for… And that power bar isn’t much better, either. Instead, go for a smoothie or a granola-yogurt parfait, some apple slices smeared with peanut or almond butter or whole grain crackers and cheese.Find healthy options
Search out whole grain options when you dig into the bread basket. Can’t locate any? Ask whether the kitchen has some on hand; if they serve sandwiches, they probably have sliced whole wheat available.
Go for greens. Make a habit of ordering a salad or grilled veggies as your first course, or a sauteed leafy green such as spinach, escarole or broccoli as a side.
If there’s lentil, bean or vegetable soup on the menu, order a bowlful. Same goes for tomato-based broths and chowders. Avoid bisques and other cream soups unless they’re made with milk or yogurt in lieu of heavy cream and butter.
Even fast-food restaurants offer healthy side dishes these days — baked potato with that. Ask and ye shall receive: steamed veggies, that baked potato instead of the fries or onion rings, yams and brown or wild rice are all super sides.