14 Weeks Pregnant
You’re 14 weeks pregnant! That means you’re now solidly into your second trimester, and baby has made some remarkable strides.
At this point, your baby is capable of breathing, opening his mouth, sucking, swallowing and frowning.
He is making all sorts of facial expressions, and may even begin sucking his thumb now.
He is also now urinating into the amniotic fluid, which he will continue to do until birth.
14 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
Hopefully, your morning sickness has subsided now you’re 14 weeks pregnant. If not, relief shouldn’t be too far away. Most expectant mums are past morning sickness by now, though for some it continues into the sixteenth week. If you’re still experiencing morning sickness, remember to stay hydrated and eat small and frequent meals. It’s likely that you’ve identified your morning sickness triggers by now, and can stay away from those smells that cause nausea.
The second trimester of pregnancy is often when women feel the best out of the entire nine months. This is because the morning sickness and fatigue of early pregnancy have usually passed, and the swollen ankles and backaches of late pregnancy have not yet started.
Your energy is likely high, but you are probably starting to put on some weight. Your belly may also be starting to show just a little. You may find that a pair of maternity pants begins to feel good, though some women are still comfortable in their regular pants for a few more weeks.
When you’re 14 weeks pregnant, you may start to have some muscle cramps. This is because your blood flow is slowing down a little. They are most common in your legs, and will often come when you are cold and at night. Some women never experience them, however. If you are experiencing muscle cramps in your legs, start putting those feet up, and using a heating pad to ease the pain.
Some women find that the muscle cramps ease if they increase their calcium and potassium intake. An extra glass of milk with some strawberries or a banana may be all you need to prevent the muscle cramps. Make sure you’re getting enough magnesium too.
This is a wonderful time during your pregnancy, as you are likely feeling and looking great, and you are past the higher risk of miscarriage, so your mind has likely eased, too. This is a great time to plan a nursery, take a baby moon or do anything else that helps you to fully enjoy your pregnancy.
14 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
When you’re 14 weeks pregnant, you’ll be close to feeling the very first flutter which indicates your baby is moving. At this stage, he’s moving quite a bit, but since he’s still so small, you may not yet feel it. If this is your first pregnancy, don’t be surprised if you need to feel the movement more than once before you recognise it and believe it!
During this week, your baby’s body will begin to grow more than his head, making him more proportional. His arms will also be more proportional by the end of the week, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for his legs to catch up.
Baby’s organs are starting to function, as well. Around this time, his liver will begin producing bile and his spleen will start helping to produce those all-important red blood cells.
Your baby is around 3.5 inches (8.89 cms) long and weighs about 1.5 ounces (42.5 grams). He will probably gain about one quarter of an ounce this week.