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Pregnancy Week-by-Week

16 Weeks Pregnant

Baby’s beauty is in the details this week. Have you noticed a special “glow” recently? Plus, a baby registry checklist for natural mamas. 

  • Baby at 16 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby Natural is developing many beautiful details this week, like creases on her palms, knuckles, and actual fingerprints. Awww!

    Your umbilical cord is totally mature now, with one vein that carries oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to your baby, and two arteries that carry deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood away.

    Baby’s heart is hard at work, pumping upwards of 25 quarts of blood each day, which is amazing and will only increase as the weeks go by.

    16 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • You at 16 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Has anyone told you that you’re “glowing” yet? It’s not just a random compliment. Pregnancy glow is actually a very real thing.

    Your blood volume increases from the start of pregnancy, and peaks around 32 weeks. This increase in blood volume, which diverts more blood to the skin, is responsible for your beautiful glow.

    By 32 weeks, your blood volume will have increased by nearly 50%, and will stay that way until delivery. Most of the blood volume increase is fluid volume, so drinking plenty of water is important.

    Pregnancy discharge

    You may also have noticed an increase in vaginal discharge. It usually starts sometime in the second trimester, and increases until delivery. You can thank your high estrogen levels for this lovely development.

    But it happens for good reason. Vaginal discharge during pregnancy helps to cleanse the vagina continuously to help keep harmful bacteria away from your growing baby.

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