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16 weeks pregnant

What do baby’s kicks feel like?

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There are few things in the world as exciting as feeling your baby move inside your belly! This movement is called “quickening.” Although your baby has been moving and kicking for many weeks, only at about 16 weeks can you really start to feel those wiggles. Some women report feeling that little person in there much earlier, while others don’t notice the movements until 20 weeks or later.

Here's how one mom-to-be described those baby kicks:

I did not think I was feeling anything with my daughter until we were at the ultrasound and the lady said, “You don’t feel that?” I said (feeling stupid), “Well, yes, but I just thought that was gas!” - Dawn

Read on: What do baby’s kicks feel like? (aka quickening) 

Noted & quoted

Apron strings, cold and lonely
For time brings thoughts that only
will be quiet when someone clings to my apron strings
And I'll be perfect in my own way
when you cry I will be there
I'll sing to you and comb your hair
all your troubles I will share.

- "Apron Strings" by Everything but the Girl (hear it here)

Avoid the ache

Have a headache? Before you reach for the non-aspirin, try drinking a full glass of water and then waiting 20 minutes. Yes, dehydration can cause headaches! (It can also pretend to be hunger, too.)

Headache - water

To avoid such hassles, make sure you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Your baby needs clean water for amniotic fluid, and you need to filter your own body's wastes so they don't go to the baby. Water will also help ease constipation and the chance of getting hemorrhoids related to constipation.

An easy way to tell if you're drinking enough water: Your urine should usually be very light in color and virtually odorless. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are.

Pregnancy glow?

Do you have that famous pregnancy glow? Here's what some other moms have to say:

I was told yesterday I had a glow, too, but I didn't feel glowing. However, we were having parent teacher interviews, so I had my "dress up" clothes on and must have looked the cute pregnant woman... But a glow? I'm not convinced. I've got lots of  acne I cover up with makeup and I'm constantly blowing my nose these days, so I don't feel glowing. - Sue

I have recieved numerous compliments about having a glow. Personally, I don't know what they are talking about. I feel so unattractive most of the time. - Crystal

A lady at work told me once that I was glowing. I think it was because I was happy that day and smiling a lot. But on the other hand, my hair is looking pretty good and so is my skin. I think the extra water and prenatal vitamins are helping out a lot. - Gisel

I, too, have had people tell me that I am glowing. In fact, a number of people have said it from the beginning of my pregnancy. I don't think I am glowing at all, but who knows. Actually, I had more people tell me that during my first trimester. Maybe it was all of the broken blood vessels on my face from throwing up. - Amy

I WANT TO GLOW! TELL ME HOW! I keep hearing/reading about this whole 'glow' phenomena but it's just not happening with me. Maybe I need to tell more people I'm pregnant so they don't think that belly sticking out in front is a beer gut, and then the 'glowing' compliments may begin? - Melita

Click here for more reports on the glow of pregnancy (or lack thereof!).

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