14 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
14 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re 14 weeks pregnant and in the second trimester, which means you’re probably feeling pretty darn good compared to how you felt during the first trimester! You’ve kicked the morning sickness to the curb (or are close to doing so!), you’ve noticed your energy returning, and you just feel good overall. For many women, the second trimester is the most enjoyable part of pregnancy.
Your baby at 14 weeks is the size of a peach! Baby measures about 3.4 inches long and weighs around 1.5 ounces – that’s twice as much as baby weighed last week!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 14
In week 14, the pregnancy symptoms you’re likely to experience are much easier to deal with than the symptoms throughout the first trimester were. You’ll be uncomfortable at times, and have some aches and pains that are associated with your expanding uterus and baby’s growth, but you shouldn’t be attached to the toilet anymore, so that’s a relief, right?
Here are some of the symptoms you might experience during week 14:
- Round ligament pain. These are pains caused by the ligaments and muscles stretching as your uterus continues to grow. They can be quite painful and uncomfortable, but it’s normal and nothing to worry about.
- Varicose veins. Your blood vessels will become swollen due to the extra blood you’re carrying through your body for the baby. Varicose veins are unsightly and, unfortunately, genetic (thank you, Mom and Dad!) so there isn’t much you can do to completely prevent them but taking walks can help reduce their severity.
- Increased hunger. It’s back – your appetite, that is! It’s been quite awhile since you’ve had an encounter with it, thanks to the absolute most favorite pregnancy symptom ever – morning sickness. Now that your morning sickness has subsided, you actually feel hungry again! Go ahead and indulge – no judgement here!
- Energy boost. The fatigue that made you want to drop where you stood to sleep has gone away. You’ll find it refreshing to be able to do the things you want to do without feeling like a zombie has taken over your body.
- Thick and shiny hair. Does your hair suddenly seem nicer? This is a strange side effect of pregnancy, but at least it’s a good one.
14 WEEK BABY BUMP
By 14 weeks, you probably have a noticeable baby bump. How soon a woman shows varies from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy, so don’t fret if you’re not showing as much as someone else at your same stage of pregnancy. At the rate the baby is growing, you’ll have a nice, big pregnant belly before you know it!
Since you’re not feeling sick all the time anymore and your appetite has returned, you should start gaining weight. How much you should gain throughout your pregnancy depends mostly on how much you weighed pre-pregnancy. The recommended weight gain for women who start their pregnancies at a healthy weight is between 25 and 35 pounds.
It can be easy to overeat during pregnancy and gain too much weight, so be mindful of when and what you’re eating so you can remain as healthy as possible. It’s also important during pregnancy to be active and exercise. Exercise can be as simple as going on daily walks around your neighborhood.
You will be weighed at each of your prenatal appointments, so if there are any concerns with your weight, your doctor will be sure to let you know.
14 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
You probably won’t have an ultrasound at 14 weeks pregnant. If you’re having a typical pregnancy, your next ultrasound will be the anatomy scan, which is performed between 18 and 22 weeks pregnant.
If you were to have an ultrasound this week, you’d see your little one bouncing around, wiggling his toes and fingers, and maybe even sucking his thumb. While it’s still unlikely at 14 weeks that you’ll feel your baby’s movements, never say never. However, give it another two or three weeks before you’ll actually feel your baby moving around in there.
At 14 weeks, the baby’s hair might be starting to grow. His eyebrows are also sprouting, and tiny little hairs called lanugo are covering your baby from head to toe. Lanugo helps keep your baby warm in the womb. Some babies are born still covered in these tiny little hairs (which won’t take long to fall out after birth), but usually as the baby begins gaining fat, the hairs start shedding and falling off because the fat takes over keeping the baby warm.
Many moms-to-be are anxious to find out the sex of their baby, but at 14 weeks, it’s still a little too early to definitively make out whether it’s a boy or a girl. For the most accurate peek at your baby’s genitals, hold on another month or so until your anatomy scan. Hopefully, baby will cooperate on that day and let you get a look. Some babies decide to keep their legs crossed or lie in positions that make it difficult to see between their legs. If that happens, just think about the awesome surprise you’ll have in store for you when the baby’s born!
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 14 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Aside from enjoying how great you feel during the second trimester, there are a few things you should be doing at 14 weeks pregnant to ensure you and your baby are healthy and to prepare for your baby’s arrival. His arrival may seem like forever away still, but time will go faster than you think it will. It’s best to be prepared ahead of time.
- Make a dentist appointment. Dental care during pregnancy is important. While you’ll probably want to hold off on any dental surgeries or things of that sort, getting in to get your teeth cleaned and looked over is a great idea. Pregnancy will suck the calcium right out of your body, including your teeth, so make sure you’re doing what you can to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
- Shop for maternity clothes. Yep, it’s getting to be that time. In fact, if you’re already showing quite a bit, you might already be wearing maternity clothes.
- Start a baby registry. It’s never too early to start putting baby items on your wish list and, let’s face it, shopping is fun – especially when it doesn’t cost you money! All you’re doing when making your baby registry is getting ideas for things you want that you can buy closer to baby’s birth or that you’ll be gifted during your baby shower if you have one.
- Sam C's Editorial Team