14 Weeks Pregnant: What To Expect?
The 14 weeks pregnant is the start of a new phase. You have now entered the second trimester after completing a successful first trimester! You must have already started sporting a cute little baby bump, which is probably visible to most people, considering everything is on track.
But even if you don’t show you’re pregnant, ladies, there’s no need to worry. The weeks ahead will be just as exciting as your baby embarks on a fast growth journey. More importantly, your body is going to undergo a few changes, one of them is a nice big baby bump!
Baby’s Growth During Pregnancy – Week 14
By the 14th week, your baby is transitioning successfully into a phase where she/he can pull faces right inside your belly. He’s going to be as big as your fist clenched and move all the time. Your baby may be grimacing, squinting, and even frowning, although you may not be able to see or feel much.
Because of the amniotic fluid that the fetus will inevitably sip, the kidneys of your baby have started to produce urine. His neck will grow longer and without any prodding, he will actually be standing. Apart from these changes, the heartbeat of your baby will be clearer, although an expert medical practitioner can only hear or feel this.
What is the Baby’s Size?
You can now compare the size of your baby to a kiwi, peach or lemon. Your small peach weighs about 50 to 60 grams inside your tummy. Your baby is also 3-4 inches long anywhere. While the size of the baby may seem rather unexciting at 14 weeks pregnant, even the kiwi-sized structure is more than sufficient to make its presence known by creating changes in your body and contributing to symptoms of pregnancy.
14-weeks Symptoms of Pregnancy
At 14 weeks pregnant, you may have faded symptoms in the first trimester. But don’t be surprised if they don’t immediately disappear. Take it easy and be patient! Here are some new symptoms you may have at 14 weeks of pregnancy:
- Round ligament pain: All right! Yowch! As your muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing baby, you probably feel some aches and pains. Cramps are often due to round ligament pain when you are pregnant at 14 weeks, but if you have any concerns, talk to your doctor.
- Increased energy: As you emerge from the first trimester nasties, you probably get back your energy.
- Increased appetite: The rumble of Tummy? You may find your appetite on overdrive once morning sickness begins to go away. Remember that what you eat is fueling the rapid growth of the baby. Approximately 300 extra calories per day should be eaten. If you’re pregnant with twins for 14 weeks now that you’re in your second trimester, you’ll want to eat about 680 extra calories per day. Keep your side with plenty of healthy snacks just in case you get the munchies. It is important for you and baby not to indulge in too many greasy, fatty foods, so you both get the right nutrients. (Of course, the occasional ice cream bowl is perfectly fine.)
- Thicker, shinier hair: One of the (few) attractive side effects of pregnancy, you may notice your hair becoming thicker and shinier.
14 weeks pregnant belly
Your 14-week pregnant belly may feel sick and sore, but that’s just because your uterus is expanding to accommodate your rapidly growing baby.
Don’t be surprised if, at 14 weeks pregnant, weight gain begins to accelerate. If you started at an average BMI, doctors recommend that you earn about one to two pounds a week from pregnancy at 14 weeks. If you are pregnant with twins for 14 weeks, your goal of weight gain will be about the same as for singleton moms until week 20 when you should start to gain a little more.
Naturally, you may recommend a slightly different goal for your doctor if you have started with underweight or high BMI, or if you have lost or gained a significant amount of weight in the first three months. Now, if you have your energy back, it was time to get on track again when you felt shy about exercise during the first quarter. Consider a prenatal Yoga course or just take a walk out of the pregnant belly for 14 weeks!
14 Weeks Ultrasound
There is typically no ultrasound for 14 weeks. In your first trimester, you probably had an ultrasound and will not have one again until the anatomy scan (a.k.a. mid-pregnancy ultrasound), which usually occurs between weeks 18 and 22. If you plan on having an amniocentesis (between weeks 15 and 20), the doctor will also use an ultrasound.
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