Monday, August 23, 2004

16 Weeks Pregnant
(information taken from http://www.americanbaby.com/)
At 4 to 5 inches long and about 7 ounces, our baby is roughly the size of a large pear. The brain, muscles, nervous and circulatory systems, and urinary tract are all functioning. Amniotic fluid is pumping through our baby's lungs. Its skeleton, composed of rubbery cartilage, will harden later.

Somewhere between the 16th and 20th week, I'll feel our baby's kicks. They won't be solid football kicks (that comes later). Moms-to-be describe the feeling as "fluttery," like "butterflies" or "angel's wings." Technically, it's known as quickening. Each baby's kicking pattern (like the rest of him or her) is unique. Some kick almost incessantly, while others offer a gentle tap now and then, as if to say, "Don't worry, I'm here!"

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