When you are 14 weeks pregnant, you have now entered the second trimester. Your baby is growing rapidly and with some luck an ultrasound scan could actually reveal his or her gender.
Would you like to know the gender in advance? Vote is this baby gender poll to find out the share of pregnant moms and dads who want to find out the gender of their unborn baby.
Some (although certainly not most) moms can actually feel their baby’s movements this week. Most women will, however, have to wait a few more weeks for before they notice the very first kicks.
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Your Baby’s Development
Welcome to the first week of the second trimester! The fetal age of your baby is now 12 weeks.
14 weeks pregnant is the start of biggest growth time of your baby’s time inside the womb. Fully developed, your little one will increase in size and weight dramatically over the next few months. Right now, your baby is about 3.5 inches in length (9 cm) and weighs only about 1.5 ounces (43 grams); as much as a small chocolate bar.
Your baby’s heart beats at a rate that is twice as fast as your own as it pumps blood to the organs and tissues within.
The body is growing faster than the head now and the neck is more distinct. The chin no longer rests on the chest. Arms will look more in proportion to the body now than they have before, but the legs will still need some time to lengthen.
You will feel the effects of these moving arms and legs in just a few short weeks. Exciting!
Many women can feel the movement of their child for the first time somewhere between pregnancy week 16 and 20. Second-time pregnant women usually feel it earlier. For one of my children (not the first), I felt movement already when 14 weeks pregnant, while some moms don’t feel anything until 22 weeks pregnant. Both equally normal.
The hands and feet are more flexible now as well and measure about 0.5 an inch long (1.3 cm).
Lanugo begins to grow over your baby’s entire body, which is a fine, downy covering of hair to help protect the skin while in the uterus for the remainder of the pregnancy.
The liver begins to produce bile and the spleen is starting to produce red blood cells.
The kidneys produce urine that is released into the amniotic fluid that surrounds your baby. This will continue right up until the baby is born.
This time of your pregnancy can be a happy, relaxing time. Many women have already shared the news with their friends and family and the early negative pregnancy symptoms might have subsided.
You may want to start getting things in order if you are the type to organize things early or at least start the process.
Increasing energy may help your desire to go shopping for some much-needed maternity clothes that you will be sporting soon.
Your uterus is still pressing down on your bowels, as well as the hormones interfering with your digestion, making constipation more likely than ever. Be sure to maintain a balanced diet and drink lots of fluids to help alleviate constipation.
The veins in your chest and breasts may become more noticeable due to an increase of circulation and the developing mammary glands. Your areolas may become darker. This is all a necessary process to get your body ready for breastfeeding once the new baby arrives.
14 weeks pregnant, some women will notice that their breasts are becoming fuller or still very tender, while others may not have any of these symptoms. Each pregnancy is different and your symptoms may differ from those of your friend or neighbor.
Be sure that you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients from your diet as well as supplementing with a prenatal vitamin.
Making sure you are getting your folic acid is essential for the growth and development of a healthy baby.
If your body craves a specific type of food such as fruit or red meat, follow those cravings since it is your body telling you exactly what it needs to help nourish you and your growing baby.
Try to stay away from snacking on junk food constantly, but an occasional treat of chocolate or sugary snacks is fine. 🙂
Week 14 Pregnancy Video
Diary of a Daughter
What’s it really like being 14 weeks pregnant…? Here’s a true diary from a 14 weeks pregnant mom (Me..!)
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Almost none of my trousers fit anymore. Even my panties hurt! I have much more energy now, but experienced a lot of cramp (again!!) after doing laundry. Coffee tastes good again![/box]
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MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.
Image 1: Image of 14 weeks belly by Graham and Sheila
Image 2: Image 2 of 14 weeks belly by Mylissa