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Pregnancy week by week: What to expect in the 16th week

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At 16 weeks, you are in your fourth month and you are almost halfway through your pregnancy.

Your baby is currently weighing 3 to 4 ounces and measuring 4 to 5 inches in length and the baby's backbone and delicate muscles are strengthening allowing her to straighten out her head and neck even more.

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Fetal development at week 16

1 Growth sprout

Your baby's weight will double in the next three weeks and gain inches in length. The baby's legs are much more developed and he has a more upright posture.

2 Heart at work

Your baby's heart is currently pumping approximately 25 quarts of blood each day and this volume will continue to rise as he or she grows.

Here are changes that occur in the mother at week 16

1 Growing uterus

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The circular ligaments that support your uterus are thickening and stretching as it expands around midway between your pubic bone and your navel.

2 Backache

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Hormonal fluctuations can make you more prone to back discomfort. To relieve the pain, you may need to do some low-impact exercises. Sit, stand, and stretch your body on a regular basis to relieve pain.

3 Reduce morning sickness

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At week 16, you may start to notice a reduction in morning sickness and fewer mood swings which will make you feel a lot better.

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