You and Your Baby at Week 14 of Your Pregnancy

Your baby is the size of a kiwi fruit!

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  • How big is baby at 14 weeks
  • Your body at 14 weeks
  • Prenatal care at 14 weeks pregnant

14 Weeks Pregnant

Week 14

Welcome to week 14 of your pregnancy! Your baby has come on leaps and bounds since those early days of pregnancy, and hopefully, you're starting to feel more like yourself as you stride into the second trimester. In this article, we'll look at your baby's development and how you might be feeling. Remember, if you ever want free advice, we have midwives available to help. Just click here to get started.

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How Big is Baby at 14 Weeks

At 14 weeks, your baby is now about the size of a kiwi fruit, measuring approximately 8.5cm from crown to rump and weighing around 45 grams. Still tiny but much bigger than the spec of sand they started out as!

Around this time, your baby will start swallowing bits of amniotic fluid. This fluid goes down into the baby's stomach, the kidneys start to work, and then this fluid is passed back as urine into the amniotic fluid. This means that, yes, amniotic fluid is your baby's wee. 

Your baby is growing and developing rapidly, and your midwife may now be able to hear the baby's heartbeat using a handheld monitor. Using a handheld monitor or doppler should only be done by someone trained. Some parents decide to get a Doppler to use at home to check everything's OK, but without proper training, you don't know what to listen for and could miss an opportunity for help when needed.

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Your Body at 14 Weeks

By week 14, your uterus has grown significantly, typically reaching the size of a grapefruit. This growth can cause your abdomen to start showing a noticeable bump, which is a very exciting sign of pregnancy.

The placenta is working, pumping out nutrients, oxygen and hormones, while removing waste products such as carbon dioxide. This is all done through the umbilical cord which links the placenta with your baby.

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By week 14, you might still be experiencing some symptoms from the first trimester or feeling a lot more energetic. Here are some of the symptoms you may have in week 14 of your pregnancy:

Breast Changes

Breast changes continue as women prepare for lactation. Increased blood flow and hormonal changes may make your breasts feel tender and fuller. You might be producing colostrum now. Many women don't realise that their breasts start making their first milk very early on, but they do notice signs of leaking as they approach their due date.

Circulatory System Adjustments

The circulatory system undergoes significant adjustments to accommodate the growing foetus. Increased blood volume and hormonal effects can lead to changes in blood pressure and may contribute to symptoms like dizziness or lightheadedness. Rest as and when you need to!

Decrease in Early Pregnancy Symptoms

For many women, the second trimester brings relief from early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. However, each pregnancy is unique, and some may continue to experience these symptoms. Do seek support from your GP if you're experiencing severe sickness, as this could be a sign of hyperemesis gravidarum.

Increased Energy and Appetite

As hormone levels start to stabilise, many women report a boost in their energy levels and appetite. It's important to focus on a balanced diet to support the baby's growth, although you will probably still be experiencing food cravings. If you feel sick, it's important to eat what you can (and avoid what makes you feel sick!). 

Digestive System Changes

Digestive system changes, such as slower digestion and relaxation of the muscle valve between the stomach and oesophagus, can lead to heartburn or constipation. Eating smaller, more frequent meals and staying hydrated can help alleviate these symptoms.

Emotional Changes

Emotional fluctuations are common due to hormonal changes and the psychological impact of pregnancy. Feelings of excitement, anxiety, and mood swings are typical throughout pregnancy.

Nasal Congestion and Gum Sensitivity

Increased blood flow can lead to nasal congestion, known as pregnancy rhinitis. Hormonal changes may also make the gums more sensitive and prone to bleeding. Just be sure to maintain good dental hygiene.

Prenatal Care at 14 Weeks Pregnant

Continued prenatal care is crucial. This typically includes routine check-ups, blood tests, and ultrasounds to monitor you and your baby's health and development.

Diet and Nutrition

A balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients is vital. If you feel able to, eat a balanced diet and say hydrated. Oh and keep taking folic acid daily!

Exercise

Moderate exercise can be very beneficial. Activities like walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga can help maintain fitness and alleviate some pregnancy symptoms.

Mental Health

Paying attention to mental health is as important as physical health. Stress management techniques can be invaluable, such as meditation and support from family, friends, or a professional.

Avoiding Harmful Substances

Obviously, you want to avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and other harmful activities. Certain medications and foods, such as tuna fish and mackerel, should also be avoided or consumed with caution.

 

Understanding the changes and symptoms that can occur around the 14th week of pregnancy can help you better prepare and care for yourself and your developing baby, as well as alleviate any fears. As always, it's essential to stay in close contact with your doctor or midwife throughout your pregnancy, and especially if anything is worrying you.

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