Its week fourteen and you are officially about three months and a week into your pregnancy term. Now in your second trimester, you begin to make significant headway in terms of abatement from symptoms. Many women at this point begin to feel far more energetic, with marked decreases in nausea, morning sickness, and chronic aches and pains.
Your baby is about the size of a large lemon and on its way to becoming apple-sized! At this time, your baby is making his or her own advancements by beginning to acquire a bounty of amazing new skills such as the ability to use facial muscles to grimace, squint, and frown. Due in large part to your baby’s evolving brain impulses, their facial expressions begin to signify the beginnings of their personality and feelings.
You able is also now able to urinate! Via the development of their kidneys, urine is produced and subsequently deposited into the amniotic fluid that was formerly comprised mostly from your own body fluids.
However, with the production of urine via your baby’s kidneys, amniotic fluid now becomes mostly urine and is critically important to keep your baby safe from bacteria while allowing him or her to have adequate space to learn the process of breathing and swallowing.
Colloquially known as the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy, you and your baby embark upon a period of smooth sailing, with baby making incredible progress as you experience levels of energy and stamina that boost your confidence.
Read on below to learn more about the fourteenth week of pregnancy and all of its many captivating aspects!
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Your Physical and Emotional Health: 14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
At fourteen weeks pregnant, you’ll be experiencing a sense of reinvigoration. Symptoms that may have previously incapacitated you will dwindle away, with many women experiencing a complete abatement in many of the more severe symptoms.
The increase in appetite many women feel is due in part to dwindling nausea and morning sickness symptoms. As the symptoms continue to abate, pregnant women will often find themselves eating up a storm.
The significant increase in appetite contributes to marked weight gain for many pregnant women, particularly those who discover a newfound love for late night snacking and the midnight munchies.
Now more than ever, it is imperative to develop good eating strategies. Pre-Portioned snacks, a supply of healthy ready-to-go foods, and an emphasis on fresh eating will help most women avoid putting on too much weight during this time in pregnancy.
The thicker, shinier mane of hair atop your head is due in large part to estrogen hormones. Additionally, it’s during this time in your term that your metabolism is kickstarted and you experience an increase in blood circulation – all things that contribute to thicker, shinier, healthier-looking hair.
Your Baby’s Health and Status: 14 Weeks Pregnant Baby
As mentioned earlier in the article, your baby is now able to engage in a variety of facial expressions such as grimacing, frowning, and squinting.
As your baby practices their newfound ability to contort and manipulate their face into different expressions, they are also now in the midst of being able to suck their thumb, thus adding to the variety of expressions their face can take on.
One of the most major developments for your baby right now is their ability to urinate. His or her kidney development has now reached the point of producing urine, which will then be deposited into the surrounding amniotic fluid. This brand new physical capability will remain all the way up until the day of birth.
A bit bigger than a regular lemon at this point, your baby’s body is undergoing a stretching out of sorts, as their body grows faster than their head. Roughly measuring 3.5 inches, your baby will weigh in at about 1.5 ounces.
Another amazing development that your baby is experiencing is the growth of hair (referred to as lanugo) on the entirety of its body. This super-fine, downy-soft hair can be is unpigmented and will eventually be shed before birth.
In other news, your baby’s liver has begun bile production, and their little spleen is now beginning to make critically important red blood cells
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge at 14 Weeks Pregnant
- In week fourteen (the second trimester) your risk of miscarriage has dropped significantly
- Miscarriages occur at 75% during the first trimester
- During this period, you will experience a surge in good feelings, emotional stability, and overall strength and endurance due to the reduction of HCG and shifting estrogen and progesterone levels.
- Don’t worry about the appearance of hair in weird places. Due to hormones, pregnant women very often begin to grow hair on their nipples, stomach, and face. Most of the excessive hair growth will reconcile itself within five to six months after giving birth
To-Do List and Reminders at 14 Weeks Pregnant
- With the all-new surge in energy, take hold of the opportunity and engage in activities that promote health and wellness. While you may have been too tired in earlier months of pregnancy to exercise, develop healthy eating habits, and devise strategies to mitigate weight gain, now is an opportune time for you.
- Increase your level of exercise by adding 10 to 15 minutes to your regime
- Strive for at least 30 minutes of exercise – it can boost circulation levels to help your baby grow, increase your strength and endurance, and even assist in reducing the presence of varicose veins
- Focus on strategies to mitigate weight gain, such as making pre-portioned snacks that you can take on the go with you. Almonds, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, and pre-cut veggies are all fantastic options
- Prenatal yoga classes are a great low-impact exercise option
Lanugo: During fetal development, lanugo develops as part of the gestation process. Lanugo is very fine, downy hair that is unpigmented and will cover a baby’s entire body. Later in the pregnancy term (at about thirty-three to thirty-six weeks), the lanugo will begin shedding itself and will even be consumed by the developing fetus. When lanugo is fully shed, it will be replaced by whatare referred to as “vellus” hair.
Lanugo is important because it protects the baby’s skin from any damage. It also plays a small part in the complicated process involved in preparing the fetus for post-womb life.
Varicose veins: Varicose veins are broadly twisted veins. Many pregnant women will get varicose veins as a result of increased blood volume while blood flow from the pelvic area to the legs decreasing, thus increasing pressure on veins and resulting in varicose veins.
Varicose veins are commonly spotted on legs but can appear on the buttocks and in the vaginal area as well. A form of varicose vein are hemorrhoids which can present on the rectum during pregnancy in women who experience constipation.
Cool Things to Know
- Ultrasound scans are not fool-proof at identifying the sex of your baby. While they are usually able to correctly identify gender, ultrasound scans cannot be relied upon for gender identification. As such, make sure that you aren’t buying too many gender-specific clothing or accessories at this point – or at least keep the tags on them along with saving the receipt.
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