At 14 weeks, your baby is now about 8.5cm long (that’s almost as big as your iPhone). At the start of trimester two, she’ll start to use her facial muscles to smile and grimace, and will have fully developed genitals. Here’s all you need to know about what your baby and your body is doing at 14 weeks pregnant.
What’s my baby doing at fourteen weeks pregnant?
Your baby is now standing up straight and her neck is getting longer, helping the head stand more erect. At 14 weeks, your little one could be growing some hair, although her hair colour might not be determined until birth and her eyebrows are filling in. At this stage, your little one will also have hair all over her body called lanugo, which helps keep her warm. Luckily, this will disappear later in pregnancy, once she gets some more body fat.
Around now, your growing baby will have her first wee! As she starts to swallow little bits of amniotic fluid, they will pass into her stomach. The kidneys will start to work and the swallowed fluid will pass back into the amniotic fluid as urine. Although she gets all the oxygen she needs via the umbilical cord, at week 14, your baby will start to practise her breathing – an important skill for when she’s born!
Other developments this week include the development of the roof of your baby’s mouth, and her intestines will start to produce meconium – this is the substance that makes those first few nappy changes black and tar-like.
What is my body doing at fourteen weeks pregnant?
Welcome to trimester two! This is the time most pregnant women enjoy the most and there’s a few reasons why. You’ll probably feeling a bit more like your pre-pregnant self, the morning sickness should have eased off and your breasts (hopefully) aren’t quite as tender.
Even better, this week, you’ll probably start noticing that cute baby bump. Your uterus is finally rising out of the pelvic region and into your low abdomen. You’ll have started producing more blood from the beginning of your pregnancy, but from around now, they’ll be more blood cells as well as fluid in the blood stream. This can cause swelling, so you might notice your rings feel tighter and your legs and ankles look like you’ve been on a long-haul flight. Now is not the time to do a Kim Kardashian – ditch those uncomfortable strappy shoes and if you can, avoid stranding for too long and try and raise your feet above your heart for at least an hour a day.
For some women, around this time of their pregnancy they’ll experience round ligament pain. This is a fancy way of saying pregnancy growing pains, which will feel like achy or sharp pains on one or both sides of the abdomen. This is normal, and is caused by the ligaments supporting your womb stretching and thinning out to accommodate the increasing weight. You’ll probably only notice it when you’re getting up, stretching or twisting and the best way to get some relief is by putting your feet up in a comfortable position.
Common symptoms to look out for:
- Catching a cold: Just when a few of your symptoms started to ease off, the second trimester brings a whole host of new ones to worry about! One of these is being more susceptible to colds and flu. At the moment, your immune system is weaker, but this is a good thing as it stops your body from rejecting your foetus. On the other hand, this makes you more likely to pick up bugs, so be sure to wash your hands and carry hand sanitiser whenever you go. If you do feel like you are coming down with something, get in touch with your GP as soon as you can.
- Continued breast growth: They’re finally feeling less tender, but they are still growing It’s totally normal for your areolas to darken and your nipples to look different. Now might also be a good time to invest in a maternity bra to keep them comfy.
- Increased appetite: Now you’ve stopped feeling so sick, you feel constantly hungry. Remember to continue to eat healthy meals throughout the day, and avoid binging on sugary snacks, no matter how much your baby is craving them!
- Varicose veins: These are large, swollen blood vessels which show up on your legs. Although they might not look too nice, they are caused by the extra blood your body is producing to look after your baby. Minimise the appearance of these veins by keeping the blood circulating round your body by walking throughout the day.
- Stuffy nose: The high levels of oestrogen and progesterone cause the mucous membranes in the body (including the nose) to swell and soften. This can leave you with a stuffy nose, but rest assured, it’s normal.
What you should be doing this week
- Book that pregnancy fitness class: Hopefully, the start of trimester two will bring that boost in energy we’ve been talking about for the past few weeks. If you feel up to it, take advantage and sign up to a pregnancy fitness class.
- Do those pelvic floor exercises: These are the muscles that support your bladder, bowel and womb. Now you have a growing baby, the extra weight puts pressure on those muscles, so it’s vital that they remain strong. Make exercising those muscles part of your daily routine.
Your week 14 FAQ’s answered:
Is it normal to gain weight at 14 weeks pregnant?
Yes, in fact, your weight gain will really kick off during this trimester. It’s normal to gain as much as four pounds a month for the remainder of your pregnancy.
What will my week 14 pregnant belly look like?
Good news, you’ll probably get the first signs of a baby bump this week! Your uterus is rising out of the pelvic region and up into your abdomen.
How much should my baby be moving at 14 weeks?
You probably still won’t be able to feel any movement at week 14, but by now, your baby is moving constantly. The movements are now much smoother and more fluid compared to the early jerky movements we mentioned a few weeks ago.
Is it normal to get cramps at 14 weeks?
Yes, round ligament pain is very common and is nothing to worry about. It’s caused by the ligaments supporting your uterus stretching and thinning.