At 14 weeks pregnant, the start of trimester two, your baby will 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 are doing at 14 weeks pregnant.
How big is my baby at fourteen weeks pregnant?
Your baby is now about 8.5cm long, about the same size as an apple.
What’s my baby doing at fourteen weeks pregnant?
They are standing up straight and their 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 are a few reasons why. You’ll probably feel 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 bloodstream.
7 common symptoms to look out for at 14 weeks pregnant:
6) Increased appetite
Now you’ve stopped feeling so sick, you feel constantly hungry. Remember to continue with a healthy diet
throughout your pregnancy. Avoid binging on sugary snacks, no matter how much your baby is craving them!
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.
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