16 Jan 16 Weeks Pregnant-Pregnancy Week by Week
You are 16 weeks pregnant, so that precious little babe is now the size of a dill pickle! This typically a big week in the pregnancy world because you will probably have your 16 week check up AND chances are that if you’d like to find out the gender of your baby via ultrasound, this is the week that can happen! You are full-fledged into the second trimester and in just one month you will be halfway through! Besides learning the gender, the 16 week milestone isn’t super eventful, but for some reason, it makes me happy. I’m feeling better, baby is growing and those flutters get more pronounced each day and pretty soon, we’ll have an idea if this babe will be wearing dresses or bowties!
16 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:
Additional genetic screening may be offered to you between 15 and 20 weeks. It is a simple blood test that screens for spine abnormalities. Staying consistent with your daily prenatal vitamin supplements is still very important to the overall health and growth of your baby.
16 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:
My sister got married the day after I turned 16 weeks pregnant. It was a beautiful wedding and I could not be happier for my sister and brother in law. I was able to help out a lot with the planning and implementation of the wedding and I learned a lot about myself this weekend; namely, that I really miss alcohol. Not in a “GOTTA HAVE IT” kind of way, but in a “Boy, a cocktail sure would be friggen WONDERFUL to have right now….” kind of way.
What? I told you I’d be honest in this series. I love Jesus, but I drink a little.
Bump photos by Kristen Dee Photography
What are you feeling?
MAJOR Boob Pains
Okay, this is totally something different for me this go around. I used to read all the mommy blogs about pregnancy and see how all the moms were complaining about how miserably painful their… erm… bosoms… were. I remember almost rolling my eyes at the drama around the tender breast topic because mine just didn’t hurt all that bad and if they did it was just a pang here or there…
But this time around? Y’all… they stop. me. in. my. tracks. Big, aching boobs. All the time. And when i say aching, it’s more like a stabbing pain. I don’t know if it’s just this pregnancy or the fact the my son thinks they’re stepping stones for his daily dose of “let’s climb mom while she’s on a conference call.” I literally yelped on the phone. Then I put it on mute for the secondary screams [and choice words] of pain while my toddler giggled at me.
Crampy, Achey Body
Ahhhh! Here they are again! The general aches and pains associated with pregnancy. I remember them from last time, but, once again, I feel like they’re happening all at once with the all-the-sudden large belly that happened this time. Aching back, hips and knees and the round ligament pain… All normal, but all not super comfy. If this is your first baby, you might be feeling these already, especially if you have a tiny bump popping out! If not, it’s good to prepare for, because every ache and pain in the first pregnancy is accompanied by “OMG IS THIS NORMAL?” Severe or consistent abdominal cramping is not normal, though, so make sure you call your doctor if you have that. In fact, if you just want peace of mind, call your doctor.
They’re back and crazier than ever. While my pregnancy dreams have taken me on fun dates with celebrities and to crazy [and sometimes very sexy] versions of my real life, this week, they’ve been in the form of horrible, terrible nightmares. The types of nightmares where you wake up thinking that dream was real. I’ve had to protect my baby boy and growing bump in a mass shooting, take shelter from a tornado and chase after a car that the man who just kidnapped my child was driving. These leave me wide awake for the day at 3am and wishing for the nights where I only had to wake up to pee 250 times.
Pregnancy Milestone – The Gender Reveal
If you’re choosing to find out the gender of your little bundle, week 16 is most often the week that the ultrasound gender scan occurs. Finding out the gender is one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy, in my opinion, and there are so many fun ways to reveal your baby’s gender to your friends and family!
When it was time for the big ultrasound for B, I had planned a big gender reveal party at my home for all of my friends and family! The goal was that we would all find out together – my husband and I included. I knew that if it was truly going to be a surprise for me, I couldn’t be in possession of the ultrasound for the 2 days. So, I handed the envelope to my best friend [who just so happened to be flying to the Caribbean the next day] and she peeked at the results and then HID the envelope in my home in a discreet location. When she left my house, she called the bakery and let them know the gender so they could put pink or blue icing inside the cake we had ordered.
On the day of the party we had a big white box and 2 balloons – one pink and one blue – ready to go. My sister, Claire, received a text message from my best friend telling her where the envelope was hidden. She located it, saw the results and put the correct balloon into the box. We opened the box in front of everyone and found out we were having a BOY!! We were able to pull off a gender reveal where no one at the party knew the gender until 15 seconds before the reveal! It was a huge surprise for everyone!
Thanks to all our friends and family who love us and already love our little boy! We are blessed beyond belief by God to have this little joy come into our lives and we are honored by the outpouring of love and support for him already! Whether through words of encouragement, Instagram likes or standing in the heat to see what comes out of the box, we’re surrounded by love! He is one lucky baby boy and we are VERY lucky parents-to-be! We love you all! #ittakesavillage
This year, I decided to do just a small and simple reveal for our family only. It was so fun revealing to our family that we are having a BABY GIRL! For that one, baby B and daddy hit exploding golf balls that burst into pink clouds! This time around, my husband and I knew the gender. This made it really fun because for a few hours, only I knew that I was going to be a baby girl mom. It felt like she and I knew a secret that no one else knew and I loved it. I bought a pair of pink cowboy boots and wrapped them in a gift for my husband to open. We got to enjoy a really sweet moment together and, for a few days, the three of us [mom, dad and unborn baby] were the only ones who knew. It was fun.
I also did a special gender reveal just for the blog. My subscribers were told the exciting news with a photoshoot incorporating cotton candy. Fun fact, we actually didn’t know the gender when we took these, so we took shots of boy and shorts of girl and then I picked the photos to use accordingly. The photographer [Kristen Dee, a close friend of mine] found out through the blog post too!
If you did a fun and unique gender reveal, big or small, please tell me about it in the comments below! I want to see pictures and read your stories!
How to Survive this week:
If you’re finding out the gender this week this will be a highlight of your pregnancy. Now you’ll be able to envision some gender-specific attributes of your little bump and maybe even give that nugget a name! If you chose not to find out the gender of your babe, props to you, you patient Patty! The birth will be all the more special because of your patience! Plus, I love gender neutral baby items, so I have a special liking for the nurseries of unborn babes without known genders.
Either way, with the 16 week appointment, gender ultrasound or not, this is when it really starts to feel real [the tiniest flutter kicks you may be feeling now make it even more real]. There’s a baby in there, y’all! A squishy, lovey little bundle of love. You’re carrying a real life human in there, momma! WAY. TO. GO.
2nd Trimester Resources
Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:
5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery