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16-weeks pregnant: baby development and diet tips

16-weeks pregnant? Find out all you need to know about nutrition, diet and baby development at 16 weeks in our week-by-week pregnancy calendar.

2 mins to read Dec 15, 2021

BABY DEVELOPMENT

If you haven’t already, it is possible that you feel your baby move for the first time this week (or in the coming weeks). These movements are still very light, so don’t expect massive sensations. Be on the lookout for what feels like butterfly wings or small bubbles inside your belly. It is exciting and wonderful when it happens!

YOUR BODY

If you have been experiencing cravings you might be wondering if it’s because you are lacking nutrients. No, it is simply a hormone-related side effect of pregnancy. You've probably noticed that certain foods seem "different" or less appetizing. Others, however, feel like they are indispensable!  Welcome to your body while pregnant. No rhyme or reason to it. Just do your best to think “moderation” in all you eat. Try and balance treating yourself with taking care of yourself and your growing child.

NUTRITION

Vitamin A is important when you are pregnant but in just the right amounts, neither too much nor too little. Cryptic enough for you?  Excessive intake could be harmful to your developing baby. Know that some skin treatments that contain Vitamin A  are forbidden for pregnant women. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.  Foods to eat that are rich in Vitamin A include milk and dairy products, butter, eggs (the yolks in particular), bright vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, parsley, tomatoes or carrots, and orange and yellow fruits (apricots, melon, mango). 

TIPS

By around month six, it may be recommended that you and your partner go to a prenatal class to start to prepare for your baby’s birth, especially if this is your first baby (or if your first baby was born ages ago!). You will learn about the birth, and about pain relief, breathing, and relaxation techniques. A visit to a delivery room, exercises for fitness in pregnancy, answers to your questions about breastfeeding and many other really useful things can also be on the program. Prenatal classes are the ideal opportunity to get to know other mothers or couples as well. Who better to share your experience with?  

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