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14 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

14 Weeks Pregnant

14 Weeks Pregnant
14 Weeks Pregnant

Here’s what to know when you’re 14 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby at 14 Weeks

Welcome to your second trimester! Things are moving fast now, as baby is growing and changing every day. Did you know baby can suck their thumb now? So adorable. Here’s what else is going on with your baby at 14 weeks pregnant.

How Big is Baby at 14 Weeks?

A 14-week fetus is 3.4 inches long and weighs 1.52 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Bagel Bite. If you’re craving fruit, you’ll love this analogy: A juicy nectarine is about the size of baby at 14 weeks.

Baby’s Development at 14 Weeks

  • Peach fuzz: Newborns are born with lanugo. Sounds like a nice Italian seafood dish. But it’s actually a layer of thin, downy hair that covers their entire bodies. This week your baby is starting to grow lanugo and some hair on their head.
  • Facial movements: At 14 weeks pregnant, baby’s facial muscles are developing. They can frown and squint. Smiles will come later!
  • Working organs: The spleen and liver are now working, so they’re producing bile and red blood cells.
Pregnant with twins?

If you’ve got two little kickers in there, chances are you might feel fetal movement earlier than moms pregnant with one baby. And if your pregnancy symptoms have been in overdrive the past few months, you too should feel some relief soon.

💛 Congratulations 💛

Welcome to the second trimester, mama!

Unless your first trimester genetic screening is this week, you probably won’t have a 14 week ultrasound. But if you do, here’s an idea of what baby might look like. If you’re lucky, baby will be sucking their tiny thumb.

14 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

14 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

By the time you’re 14 weeks pregnant, you are three months and one week along.

14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

This is the stage of pregnancy you’ve been waiting for! The second trimester is famous for relief from fatigue and nausea, since hormones tend to level out. Get ready for extra energy and a ravenous appetite!

  • Morning sickness: Still feeling sick to your stomach? That’s normal too. Starting the second trimester doesn’t always magically flip off the nausea switch. You may just need another week or two. If it keeps up, tell the doc, since it could be a severe form called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which can be treated.
  • Round ligament pain: The round ligament extends from the front of your uterus into your groin. As the uterus moves up and expands to accommodate a growing baby, it stretches that ligament, which can cause sharp and sudden pain. Ouch! To stave it off, avoid sudden movement, stretch your hips and get some exercise. If you already have it, a mild heating pad, warm bath or some good ol’ Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help. (Avoid ibuprofen, a.k.a. Motrin or Advil, during pregnancy.)
  • Varicose veins: Pressure from your increased blood volume may enlarge veins, especially in your legs. Switching positions often when sitting or standing, not crossing your legs, avoiding high heels, getting plenty of exercise, avoiding too much salt and drinking plenty of water can help prevent varicose veins.

Are you 14 weeks pregnant with no symptoms? Just consider yourself lucky and know that you’re just as pregnant as those women with the worst symptoms! Every body (and every baby!) is unique.

What If I Get Sick While I’m Pregnant?

Pregnant women dread getting a cold or the flu even more than everyone else does. But sadly, your immune system is a bit weaker now. To prevent getting sick, eat nutritious foods, take your prenatal vitamins, ask your doctor about taking a probiotic and wash your hands often.

If you do get sick, allow yourself time to rest, and drink lots of fluids. For colds, medication-free treatments such as running a humidifier, wearing nasal strips and gargling with salt water are OK. But check with your doctor before taking any meds, including OTC and homeopathic ones.

If it’s a run-of-the-mill virus, it will run its course and you’ll be on the mend soon. If it seems to linger, you have a fever that’s 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or if you have any other concerning symptoms, see your doc.

Top Tip for 14 Weeks Pregnant

Stock up on healthy snacks. Those extra 300 calories per day you need should be packed with nutrition to benefit baby and balanced to keep you energized.

Your 14 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Breathe a little easier. Now that you’ve entered the second trimester, the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically.

You’ll put on more weight from here on out. Depending on your body mass index (BMI), you’re probably recommended to gain about a pound per week all through the second and third trimesters. Ask your doctor to be sure, since there are other factors involved, including how many pounds you gained (or if you lost because you were sick!) in the first trimester, or if you’re carrying twins.

14 Weeks Pregnant Bump Pictures

Partner Tip

Take your partner on a dinner date to her favorite restaurant once she’s feeling more energetic and the nausea subsides.

👟 Where’s my gym bag?

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Break out those gym shoes because, now that you’re getting your energy back, you’ve got some exercising to do! It’s recommended pregnant women get 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, so you should try to plan to do something almost every day.

Exercise can reduce pregnancy side effects and symptoms, increase energy, help you gain weight at a healthy rate, prevent gestational diabetes, improve mood, help you sleep and maybe even make childbirth easier. (Win, win, win, right?)

The best kind of exercise is whatever you’ll enjoy doing (so you’ll stick with it), as long as doesn’t carry an injury risk. Swimming, prenatal yoga and brisk walking are popular choices. Since your center of gravity is changing and your joints are lax, you may be more likely to fall doing activities like kickboxing and skiing, so avoid those. If you were a runner or tennis player in your pre-pregnancy life, you can stick with it as long as your doctor gives you the go-ahead.

Listen to your body to avoid overexertion and dehydration. Take breaks as much as you need to, and know that as the pregnancy goes on, you’ll get heavier and probably fatigued more easily, so you’ll have to modify a bit. But definitely don’t quit!

Fun Fact

The longest pregnancy on record was 375 days. Yep, that’s more than a year! Time magazine broke the story in 1945.

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Week 14 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Make a gym date with a friend.
  • Call your health insurance company to find out how soon after the birth they need to be notified in order to get your baby coverage.
  • Start preparing for maternity leave by listing all your work duties, so they can be completed by others while you’re gone.
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