14 Weeks Pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 14 weeks

Your baby is trying out some new moves this week! Your baby’s eyes are starting to move, and those little legs are now able to flex, as well as the arms. These movements also allow your baby to practice the important skill of moving hands to mouth.

The senses of smell and taste are also developing, and your baby’s skin is thickening too. You’ll have to wait and see if your baby will be born with a full head of hair or not, but right now, hair follicles are forming under the surface of the skin.

With each passing week, your baby is looking more and more like the little person you’ll meet the day you give birth. By now (or very soon), the genitals are fully developed, but it’s still too early to know whether you’re having a boy or a girl.

At 14 weeks, the average fetus weighs about 1.5 ounces and can measure up to 3.5 inches long, crown to rump.

Your body at 14 weeks pregnant

Your baby has started swallowing tiny sips of amniotic fluid. This goes into their stomach, through their kidneys and comes back out as urine.

Your midwife might be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat from 14 weeks. This is done with a hand-held fetal heart rate monitor (known as a hand-held doppler), which is placed on your tummy.

Remember only a trained health professional can monitor your baby’s heartbeat. Home dopplers and apps that claim to monitor your baby’s heartbeat are dangerous and misleading.

The safest way for you to monitor your baby’s health is by keeping an eye or their movements.

Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time can be a very special moment in a pregnancy and may make your baby feel more real for you. It’s likely you’ll get to have a listen at your 16 weeks midwife appointment.

14 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

  • Leaky breasts. You may start to notice that your breasts are leaking a thick, yellow substance. This is colostrum, the liquid that nourishes your baby in the first few days after birth before your breast milk comes in. Though the leakage might startle you at first, it is completely normal. You can use cotton breast pads to absorb any leaking fluid.
  • Sinus congestion. It could be due to allergies or a cold, or it might be another symptom of pregnancy. If your nose often feels stuffed-up, making it difficult to breathe, it could be due to the hormone progesterone, which increases circulation to the mucous membranes of the nose, causing them to swell. This condition is called pregnancy rhinitis, and unfortunately there’s not much you can do to make it go away. Staying hydrated can help you feel a bit better, and you can also try using a humidifier or dabbing a little petroleum jelly around each nostril to make your nose less dry. Saline drops or a saline rinse may also help.
  • Increased appetite. Finally! Nausea might be a thing of the past by now, and you may feel quite a bit hungrier than you have in a while. Go ahead and chow down, but try to stick to a healthy, balanced diet. Most women whose weight was in the normal range before pregnancy only need to consume an additional 300 calories per day (600 more if you’re carrying twins). A normal range can mean having a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9.
  • Leg cramps. In the second trimester, some women experience lower leg cramps that often strike at night. You can help keep these cramps at bay by stretching before bed and staying hydrated. If you do feel sharp pains in your calves, try massaging the muscle or taking a warm shower or bath.

Checklist

  • Keep track of skin changes.
  • Get ready to gain weight.
  • Remember to eat.
  • Choose cool, loose clothes.
  • Shop smart.

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