14 Weeks Pregnant
14 Weeks Pregnant
When you’re 14 weeks pregnant you are at the beginning of your second trimester. This means that your risk of miscarriage has dropped dramatically, and the symptoms of pregnancy you felt in the first trimester will likely start to lessen.
That being said, different women progress at different rates – each pregnancy cycle is unique. So, if you are still experiencing symptoms, remember that you’re not alone. You should seek advice from your doctor if problems start to exacerbate.
For any other concerns, however, this article aims to answer the most commonly asked questions about being 14 weeks pregnant.
14 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms
You’re entering the “honeymoon phase”, which means that the early signs of pregnancy symptoms alleviate, and you’ll begin to feel more energised. It’s also possible that your mood will lift as your hormone levels begin to regulate and your body gets used to being pregnant. There might still be some pregnancy symptoms at week 14, though. Here are the most common:
- Increased appetite
Now that nausea and vomiting are easing off, your appetite may return with a vengeance. This is a good thing, though, as it is recommended to put on weight at a slow and steady pace throughout the pregnancy.
- Muscle pains
As your body adapts to the growth of your baby at 14 weeks in the womb, you may experience some muscle and ligament pain throughout your body. This is perfectly normal, but if you think you are experiencing some abnormally strong pains, you should consult your doctor for medical advice.
- Congested airways
As your body continues to emit high levels of pregnancy hormones throughout your body, there is an increased supply of blood flow to the mucus membranes, meaning that its possible that your nasal cavity becomes slight congested and you develop a stuffy nose.
- Susceptibility to everyday colds
When you have been pregnant for 14 weeks, your body’s immune system will have adapted to accommodate the development of your baby. This could make you more susceptible to catching colds and you should take extra care to avoid situations where you may come in to contact with sick people or harmful bacteria.
- Visible veins
Not only will you see more veins around your breasts when are fourteen weeks pregnant, but you may also notice veins cropping up around your abdomen and leg regions as your body adapts to the developing fetus at 14 weeks old.
Your Body at Week 14
You’ve likely experienced some weight gain already by this stage, and week 14 will be no different in this regard. As long as you are not gaining weight at an abnormally rapid rate, your weight gain is recommended and should be considered healthy, providing that you are adhering to well-balanced and nutrient-rich meal plan.
Elsewhere in your body, your breasts may feel less tender and you should start to regain some of the energy that was last due to the early symptoms of pregnancy in the first trimester. Where you’re at now, in the beginning of the second trimester, is a good place to be, and many mothers consider it to be their favourite period of pregnancy.
Your baby bump will likely be showing at this point, or at least be threatening to show, and you may also be able to feel the fundus (top of the uterus) above the pelvic bone. It shouldn’t be a concern if you haven’t started showing a bump yet, pregnant women’s body shapes change at varying rates.
Baby Size at Week 14
At 14 weeks pregnant, your baby will be the same size as a peach and will weigh between 25 to 35 grams. This may sound very little, but it’s remarkable when you consider that the embryo at 6 weeks old was the size of a sweet pea – only 2 months ago.
Not only does your baby increase in size, but there are some impressive developmental changes taking place to your baby at 14 weeks in the womb. Tiny little hairs are growing in new places, including the growth of eyebrows and eyelashes. Facial muscles are beginning to work more efficiently, meaning that your baby may be able to form a smile when you’re fourteen weeks pregnant.
The baby’s neck muscles, bones and joints are developing nicely and, at this stage, the fetus is usually able to turn its head, suck its finger, and actively move its limbs. Another impressive feature of your little 14-week old embryo is that its internal organs are beginning to function – the kidneys start producing urine, the spleen is producing red blood cells, and the liver is producing bile.
Week 14 Pregnant Ultrasound
Under normal conditions, the fourteenth week is usually the last week in which medical practitioners will schedule the first pregnancy scan. The next scan will take place between weeks 18 and 22, and is referred to as the dating scan, as you often determine the sex of your baby at this point.
Your stomach will feel firm from the outside, as your uterus continues to expand. Internally, you may notice a lessening of the early pregnancy symptoms at week 14, and your stomach might feel more settled.
You can expect some profound changes to the development of your baby at week 14, including the development of eyebrows and eyelashes, and the early functioning of some of your internal organs.
If you are still getting some fourteen-week-pregnancy symptoms, you might feel lethargic and nauseated. If you’re like most women, however, your symptoms should be subsiding, and you’ll feel great and more energised.
Your stomach could start to show signs of pregnancy at week 14, as your belly expands to accommodate the growth of your baby inside the womb.
Tips for Week 14 of Pregnancy
- Light exercise
If the second trimester has been accompanied by a revitalisation and return to your energy sources, try to take advantage of it by doing some light exercise. A good option for pregnant women is swimming, which is low impact and easy on your body.
- Eat regularly
It can be easy to forget to eat with the hecticness of pregnancy and everything that comes with it, but it’s important that you remember to do so in order to take in the vital vitamins and minerals required for a healthy baby. If you find yourself forgetting, maybe try writing a food diary to help you remember when and what to eat.
- Reduce stress
The beginning of the second trimester is a common time for pregnant women to tell their loved ones about the incoming baby. This alone can be a stressful thing, so it is important to be mindful of your stress levels and try to stay as calm as possible.