Week 16



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Some women start feeling their baby’s movements now. The feeling is often described as being like butterflies in your tummy. Don’t worry if you’re not feeling anything, though. Many women having their first baby don’t feel movements until somewhere between 18 and 22 weeks and some women having their second or third baby might feel movements earlier.

Smoking during pregnancy

Even if you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant, it’s never too late to stop smoking. If you stop, your baby will benefit straight away.

Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth or having a baby with lower than normal birth weight. Babies are also more at risk of infections and longer term health problems like asthma. Smoking in pregnancy and after the birth increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Ask others not to smoke inside your house or car, or around you.

If you think you might be pregnant, ask for advice and support for you and your partner to stop smoking. Call the Quitline on 137 848 or talk to your midwife or doctor.

Your baby

Baby is still busy:

  • Baby is about 11.5 cm long from head to bottom, and weighs about 110 gm.
  • Baby is cushioned by about 180 ml of amniotic fluid.
  • The umbilical cord is completely mature. It usually contains two arteries and one vein.
  • Toenails are forming, all the joints are working, and fingers and toes are moving.
  • Although baby’s eyes are still sealed, they’re sensitive to light. Baby can screw up its face and make other facial expressions.

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