At 16 weeks, you may start to notice that your memory and your mind aren't working as well as they used to. Perhaps words you want to say are in your head but can't quite make it to your lips. This memory trouble is called "maternal amnesia" and is common among many pregnant women. Keeping notes and appointments in your phone or notebook can help keep you on schedule and prevent missing or forgetting important things. While it won't stop you from forgetting what you want to say or helping you remember specific words when you're talking, it can help you remember important appointments or reminders. On the bright side, this pregnancy memory problem will go away after your little one is born. Of course, sleepless nights with a newborn may result in a new reason for more forgetfulness.
If you've been able to hide your pregnancy up till now, it is probably clear now that you are growing a new life instead of overeating. Putting on extra pounds can be hard on many women, but you mustn't let it get you down. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal and healthy. It is vital for a healthy pregnancy and fetus, and trying to limit your weight gain to less than the recommended 25-35 pounds can potentially cause complications for you and your baby. It is best to embrace the changes that accompany pregnancy and regularly remind yourself that your weight gain is temporary and you want to do everything in your power to create a healthy environment for your new addition.
As your pregnancy progresses, you might notice some other kind of unwanted weight gain in the form of swelling, otherwise known as edema. This collection of excess fluid can occur anywhere from your mucous membranes in your nose to your feet and is usually a result of hormone changes and increased blood flow. Should you experience swelling that seems "all of a sudden" or is uncomfortable, you should mention it to your doctor to rule out the potential for preeclampsia.
To help combat discomfort in your mucous membranes associated with the edema, you can try using a humdifier and saline spray. For swelling in your legs and feet, you can wear compression stockings, keep them elevated, and get your partner to massage them. After all, you're growing a human being; the least they can do is rub your feet.
Multiple Marker Screen
Multiple Marker Screen (MMS, Triple or Quad Screen Test) is a blood test that occurs during pregnancy between 15-20 weeks. The test measures proteins and hormones in your blood that can help assess a baby's potential risk of neural tube defects. While this isn't a standard test for all pregnant women, it may be recommended if you are over 35 years old or have other risk factors. Because it is a blood test, it is non-invasive and has a low associated risk to you or the fetus.
- American pregnancy Association - Week 16
- Mayo Clinic - Does "baby brain" really exist?
- WebMD - Your Pregnancy Week by Week