Week 16 pregnancy symptoms

Find out what symptoms you can expect for the 16th week of your pregnancy

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  • Your pregnant body

    This is the perfect time to think about what kind of birth you may like. Do you want a home birth or will you be happier having your baby in hospital or a midwife-led unit. Talk to your midwife or doctor about the choices you have. To find out about your local services, visit Dr Foster’s Birth Guide, which offers detailed information for mums-to-be such as availability of scans, caesarean rates and pain relief offered.

    You may be feeling more energetic than you’ve felt in months. In which case it’s a good opportunity to keep fit for your baby and the birth. There are a lot of safe options you can choose from, including antenatal exercise classes, swimming or simply gentle walking.

    Also, be prepared for constipation, which can be combated by drinking lots of fluids and eating plenty of fruit of veg, as well as aches and pains in your abdominal area, as your womb stretches to accommodate your baby.

    Now find out what you should be doing this week…

  • What should you be doing this week?

    Understanding your antenatal notes can seem like quite a task, but it’s still something that can be managed! You’ll have seen your midwife jotting lots of things down in your notes, but a lot of it seems to be in code when you look at it. Check out our guide to deciphering what all those numbers and letters really mean.

    Learn more about how your baby's developing with 16 weeks pregnant in pictures and check out our week by week pregnancy guide.

    Find out what symptoms you recognize from last week and which ones you can expect for the 17th week of your pregnancy.