16 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby’s hardening bones and blood vessels are visible through the transparent skin. Brown fat starts to form and taste buds have also started to develop on the tongue.
The baby’s nerves and muscles are now connected, which means your baby will start to move around quite a lot, but you’re unlikely to feel it just yet.
By now you are probably showing a little bump and the waistband of your jeans might start to feel uncomfortably tight. It’s probably a good idea to think about buying one or two items of fashionable maternity clothing to see you comfortably through the next five months.
Some good basics are essential, such as comfortable, well-fitting footwear – when you’re pregnant, your sense of balance isn’t as good and you don’t want to fall off your high heels! Also, a couple of decent bras will greatly help your comfort levels.
If you’re working, keep a stock of healthy eating snacks in your desk to keep your energy levels up during the day. Dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, raisins and sultanas, low fat, low sugar fruit and cereal bars, and fresh fruit, particularly apples, oranges, pears and bananas seem to have been made for snack times. They will give you and your baby a steady, slow release of energy, keeping you both healthy with a steady supply of energy.
Chat to your partner
Strike up a conversation with your partner about parenting, share your views and listen to theirs. Having a baby changes the dynamic of your family forever; things that didn’t seem important before can take on huge significance, and the terrible sleep deprivation that a new baby can bring can cause rifts in even the most solid partnerships.
Discussing a few key issues beforehand can help you avoid a row after baby arrives.