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Week 16: Secrets to Staying Sane, Strong

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

Your baby is on the move, and you may start to feel it! Your baby weighs almost three ounces (.08 kg) and is close to 5 inches (13 cm) in length.

As this week begins your baby has fingernails, and the hair on his or her head is starting to grow. Although baby's brain is still tiny, it is beginning to send signals to muscles that allow arms and legs to begin moving. The motion, called "quickening" can be slight or more robust, but don't be alarmed if you don't feel it this week--you will soon enough.

Your Body This Week

Your uterus has grown significantly by now, weighing close to 9 ounces (.25 kg). If you're starting to experience what feels like flutters or butterflies in your stomach, relax--it's just your baby moving. Around this time, you may experience some nosebleeds or bulging veins in your legs. This is because the volume of blood in your body has been increasing, which stresses your small capillaries and other vessels. How about some good news? Your uterus has shifted a bit so you may no longer feel the need to urinate as often.

Can You Claim Immunity?

Few things can kill your healthy habit momentum like a robust case of the flu. There's a big difference between putting your feet up to rest and being laid up with a fever. You can stop those nasty germs in their tracks simply by eating more fresh food, getting plenty of sleep, and drinking a lot of water. When it comes to illness, prevention is definitely easier to deal with and it takes less effort, than the cure. Read more about beating the flu.

Secret Benefits To Working Out

You're stressed. Who isn't? While feeling a little frazzled isn't anything new, there are some unexpected ways you can deal with it. Exercising for instance. Research has shown that exercise is the absolute best stress reliever around. Alleviating anxiety and warding off worry are just a couple of the benefits to exercise that we often forget. Exercise can also help you think clearly, make you a more positive person, strengthen your relationships, boost your energy, even help you look younger - perfect timing for nearing the halfway point of pregnancy. Sometimes it's as simple as squeezing your stress away.
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