Your Pregnancy: Week 14

Pregnancy week by week: You are 14 weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Welcome to the second trimester! You survived, reportedly for many women, the most physically taxing trimester. If you’re now announcing your pregnancy to family, friends and co-workers, you’re probably feeling relieved. Some of the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy (nausea, frequent urination, exhaustion, mood swings) have subsided in the second month. As the hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) hormone drops and estrogen and progesterone levels shift, you’re embarking on a less demanding middle trimester.

You may feel fluttering, also known as “quickening” in pregnancy as baby moves but don’t be dismayed if you don’t, the bulk of women don’t feel any movement until between the 16th and 22nd weeks.

When pregnancy hormones hasten blood flow to the mucous membranes, your nasal passages become inflamed and congested. Running a humidifier or vaporizer and inhaling saline spray should make things more bearable. Prevent nosebleeds by gently blowing your nose.

You might not be ravenous, but your appetite is back. Keep in mind, you don’t have to eat twice as much because you have a baby on board; your daily caloric intake should increase by 300. While it’s okay to treat yourself occasionally, try to stay away from greasy and fatty foods — they have no nutritional value for baby.

The newfound energy that often characterizes the second trimester can help you get back on the fitness track. Exercise improves your mood, lessens pregnancy’s aches and pains, builds much-needed endurance for the months ahead and helps you sleep. The best news is that it helps your body bounce back faster after giving birth. Go for regular strolls in your neighbourhood or enjoy low impact activities like swimming and prenatal aquaerobics.

Baby’s World

When measured from crown to behind, your little one is 80 to 93 mm (3.15 – 3.7 in.) and weighs 25 g (0.06 lb.); she’s about the size of a lemon. The roof of her mouth is complete, and she has a repertoire of complex facial expressions: squinting, wrinkling her nose, frowning. Her neck is elongating and strong enough to pull up her chin. Her bones will calcify for the next eight weeks, becoming stronger. Fine, downy hair called lanugo covers her body and keeps her warm because she doesn’t have enough body fat.

Fun Fact

Your baby floats in amniotic fluid that replenishes itself every three hours.

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