Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces.
His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails.
And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.
Soon you'll experience one of the most wonderful moments of pregnancy — feeling your baby move. While some women notice "quickening" as early as 16 weeks, many don't feel their baby move until about 18 weeks or more. (And if this is your first baby, don't be too impatient — you may not be aware of your baby's movements until 20 weeks or so.) The earliest movements may feel like little flutters, gas bubbles, or even like popcorn popping. Over the following weeks they'll grow stronger and you'll be able to feel them much more frequently.
Note From Jen:
I don't think I have felt the baby move yet, but I have nothing to compare it to, so who knows?!? I am pretty sure he/she is waiting for China :)
Feeling good this week. Not crazy, hungry like last week. Just my "normal" self.
I really wish I had more to report, but I really don't. Things seem to be moving normally. I am feeling good and ready to take this little baby on its second international trip!
Here is my 16 week picture we took on Monday. Again, I think I look pretty much the same, but since the baby should be doubling his/her weight soon... I think that is about to change :)