Ready to face the “honeymoon phase” of your pregnancy? During this time, it will be even more fun to be 14 weeks pregnant.
How Big Is My Baby?
Your baby is now the size of lemon at about 3.5 inches in length and 1.5 ounces in weight. The body now grows at a faster rate than the head to keep everything in proportion.
My Baby’s Development
Because of the development of brain impulses, the baby’s facial muscles are now getting a workout. He or she can now form different facial expressions. The kidneys are also producing urine which he or she releases and mixes with the amniotic fluid around the womb. The baby will be doing this until the moment you give birth.
At the 14th week, your baby’s spleen is also now capable of producing red blood cells, and the liver can secrete bile. These are signs that your baby is in good condition.
What Is My Baby Doing?
At this age, your baby can now squint, grimace, or frown. He or she can now pee and, at the same time, suck his or her thumb. What a cute sight!
Your ultrasound might give a glance of a more straightened-out appearance of your baby. Since your baby’s neck is getting stronger and longer; this enables him or her not to slouch anymore. You may be able to distinguish clearly the head and the body.
My Changing Body – Week 14
The second trimester is often the most favourite time of a pregnant woman. Some may feel a little happier and energetic compared to the last trimester. It is also the time there will be fewer times you’ll go to the bathroom due to morning sickness and peeing.
However, your body might experience more changes than before. Your baby bump might now be showing as if you have eaten a mouthful of food in just one seating. Hence, it is important to wear comfortable clothes that will not disrupt or constrict your belly to avoid complications.
The second-trimester symptoms are a little bit different from the last trimester. Here is a list of the pregnancy symptoms you might experience at your 14th week:
- Round Ligament Pain - During this time, you might experience some sharp or achy pains on the sides of your abdomen due to the stretching of your ligaments to make way for a growing uterus.
- Changes in the Breast - There is continuous change to your breasts such as the areolas darkening and the nipples always on “high alert.” What’s good, however, is that they are now less achy than before.
- Increasing Appetite - Since your nausea (a.k.a. morning sickness) is now slowly subsiding, you might notice that your appetite might increase. With this, make sure to eat regularly and consume healthy meals.
- Stuffy Nose - Blame those hormones once again for this symptom! Because of the increasing levels of progesterone and estrogen, the mucous membranes soften and swell, leading to a stuffy nose.
How Is My Life Changing
Since there is now overflowing energy in you, make sure to take advantage of this. Your bed rests and lazy days might change to a day full of adventures! However, make sure not to drain your body completely to avoid some pregnancy complications.
Week 14 Mommy Checklist
Here are some things to accomplish this week:
- Sign up for a childbirth class.
- List down some couple activities you want to do before giving birth and make plans with your partner.
- Fix your healthy meal plan for your increased appetite.
Tips for the Partners
Make sure to schedule some fun and enjoyable activities for your partner so you can make up for the times she missed because of the difficult first trimester of her pregnancy. Also, encourage her to plan trips in the near future so both of you can enjoy one another before your little bundle of joy joins you.
A Sneak Peek to Your Week 15
Don’t be surprised once you feel weird next week—it’s due to the increased sex drive. Next week will be the perfect time to go to a ‘babymoon’ with your partner.