Congratulations! You have been through one-third of the pregnancy journey with amazing self-regulation. Pregnancy is tough but it is a miraculous journey. at week 14, you are in your second trimester, which will last till week-28. Plan your travels, self-care, parties, shopping, and everything fun in this trimester. Of course, keeping in mind the safety guidelines you should be following all through your pregnancy.
Congratulations! You have been through one-third of the pregnancy journey with amazing self-regulation. Pregnancy is tough but it is a miraculous journey. at week 14, you are in your second trimester, which will last till week-28. Plan your travels, self-care, parties, shopping and everything fun in this trimester. Of course, keeping in mind the safety guidelines you should be following all through your pregnancy.
Second trimester serves are a rest break after the first trimester and before the third trimester. So, use it wisely. But don’t go too crazy!
How many months are 14 weeks?
At 14-week you are in your 4th month of pregnancy. Capture the excitement! Only 5 more months or 26 weeks to go.
The baby has learned to move more fluidly. Surprisingly, your baby might be moving right now. But won’t be able to feel the kicks and punches for few more weeks. Get a Doppler, it will assist you in monitoring the movements and especially the heartbeat of the little one. Your baby loves to learn new tricks every week. This week your baby is practicing the sucking reflexes by sucking on its own thumb.
How big is the baby at week 14?
Your baby is a size of a peach or your clenched fist. At 14th week, your baby measures around 3.5 inches and weighs around 1.5 ounces. The baby has grown double in size since last week.
Posture is improving
As the bones begin to develop and the body parts become stronger, the baby is working hard on getting stretched. Must be tired from all the slouching posture.
The neck of the baby becomes stronger, which helps the baby to hold its head up straight for a longer period of time.
Hair is growing
For the last two weeks, hair follicles were developing all over the body. This week, tiny little hairs, more like peach fuzz, are growing. These microscopic hairs are called Lanugo. They help keep the baby warm as the baby is very teeny tiny with almost transparent skin and hardly any fat on the body.
This peach fuzz might still be present when you hold your baby for the first few times but it is most likely to shed in a few weeks.
The liver, kidneys, and intestines are busy working
All the essential organs are busy working to keep the baby healthy in the womb and when the baby comes into the real world.
The intestines have started to produce meconium. The meconium is made up of the materials that the baby ingested in the uterus like lanugo, mucus, bile, amniotic fluid, water, and intestinal epithelial cells. The baby will start to flush out these waste products soon after birth through the first bowel movements. It is basically the black color waste that your baby will poop after birth for a couple of days.
The kidneys are producing urine consistently. Then the baby urinates in the amniotic fluid. The liver is producing bile. The bile helps break down the fat in the food during the process of digestion. The spleen is producing red blood cells. All these functions are not just important for the baby in the womb but they are working to make the baby ready for the functionalities the baby will need to have a healthy life outside the womb.
Your Belly at 14 weeks
Your uterus has grown to the size of a papaya. It can not hide in your tummy now. You must be showing a baby belly even if it’s a tiny one. Stay healthy and active because the weight gain will start to increase quite a bit from now onwards.
It is so important that you enjoy your pregnancy and its food cravings. However, giving in to your food cravings will expose you to the risk of obesity and gestational diabetes. Maintain a weight gain chart to monitor your weight throughout your pregnancy, especially from your second trimester and onwards.
Pregnancy Symptoms – Week 14
Most women are free from nausea, sore breasts, morning sickness, bloating, constipation, and fatigue by the start of their second trimester. If you are still having these symptoms, don’t worry. They will probably fade away or become very minimal.
The second trimester is the golden period of pregnancy. Most women can sail smoothly through this time. But obviously, it will have some pregnancy symptoms too. While skin pigmentation, vaginal discharge, ligament pain, and excess hair growth will be around till the end of the pregnancy. A couple of new symptoms might show up.
The visible blue veins are carrying all the extra blood supply to your breasts. This excess blood helps build good fat around your breasts and helps your breasts produce milk for your baby. Many women experience leaky breasts in their second trimester and their late pregnancy days.
This means that your breasts have started to produce the early milk for your baby. It is called Colostrum. It is sticky and thick inconsistency. It should go away or just show up to say hello a few more times and wouldn’t return until the baby’s arrival.
High on energy
Finally, you are feeling like yourself and have your energy back. Don’t waste your energy by just sitting idle. Rather use this energy to get the tasks done. Improve your mood and overall energy levels by doing just 15-minute prenatal exercise routines just 3to 4 times a week. Walking and swimming are also great options for getting you started.
Hungry or Hangry?
The second trimester calls for a healthy weight gain. With all that nausea and morning sickness gone for good. Now your body is craving food. That is the body’s way of telling you that you need more energy. Keep in mind that you don’t have to eat for two during pregnancy. Just 300 extra calories with every meal.
However, you don’t have to count your calorie intake every time you eat something. Focus on eating healthy and avoiding foods that you shouldn’t eat during pregnancy.
Things to do at week 14
- Make your to-do list to stay organized
- Get moving – Prenatal exercise is so important
- Eat healthily, take your prenatal supplements and stay hydrated
When to call a doctor
The risk of miscarriage drops significantly in the second trimester. Still, it is important to take good care of yourself and alert the doctor of your experience:
- Abnormal bleeding with severe pelvic cramps
- Vaginal discharge which is a foul odor, ill-colored (yellow, green, or brown), and accompanied by a rash
- Severe swelling in your hands and feet
- Pelvic cramps that last more than 12 hours.
- Vomiting or nausea more than 2-3 times a day.
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