What to Expect when You’re 14 Weeks Pregnant
You’re now entering your pregnancy second trimester. At 14 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a lemon – three and a half inches long – and he or she weighs around one and a half ounces.
The facial muscles are developing and his or her little face will be trying out all sorts of expressions – smiling, frowning and grimacing. The head and arms are now in proportion to the body. But the legs still have a little catching up to do!
Most organs are almost fully functioning. The kidneys are producing urine which is released into the amniotic fluid which surrounds the baby – this process will continue until delivery.
Symptoms of Pregnancy Week 14
The pregnancy symptoms by week 14 should stabilize and you’ll be much more comfortable and energized. That’s why, of all three trimesters of pregnancy, the second is the best time to add a few more items to your to-do list and get stuck into preparing for your baby.
There is one very exciting development you can expect around week 14: you’ll start to “show”. The top of your uterus will push up above your pubic bone as it expands to make room for your growing baby. This means that you’ll finally start to develop your “pregnancy body”. You and your partner will be able to show off that proud little bump!
To Do List when You’re 14 Weeks Pregnant
Now is a great time to start thinking about whether you and your partner want to find out the sex of your baby or keep it a surprise until delivery. Although there’s no way of controlling how to conceive a boy or how to conceive a girl, it is possible to find out the gender of your child between about 16 and 20 weeks pregnancy.
But there’s always that debate of whether it’s better to know so that you can prepare the nursery etc. Or whether it’s nicer to do it the old fashioned way and find out in childbirth. Trust us, now is a good time to start talking, as it often takes couples a full two weeks to come to an agreement!
You’ll very quickly start to develop a “bump” from here on in, so it’s also a great time to start investing in some maternity clothes to suit the season. Buying a few items at a time and slowly building your maternity wardrobe will save you having to go on an expensive one-off shopping trip when the buttons start popping off your jeans!
If you haven’t already, make an appointment to pop into your local birth center and learn more about pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Also, sign up for prenatal classes before you miss the intake! The more childbirth education you get, the better prepared you’ll be.
And, of course, keep up with excellent nutrition and exercises during pregnancy – your baby (and your body!) will thank you for it!
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