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14 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Your fetus’s mouth can open and close now and is starting to make swallowing and sucking motions. Those little facial muscles are really getting a workout! The esophagus, windpipe, larynx, and vocal cords are all in place. Of course, the vocal cords can't make any sounds yet, since your little one is floating in fluid. But they're already being prepped for that first loud wail after birth.

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With each passing week, your fetus is looking more like the little person you'll meet the day you give birth. By now, the eyes have moved to their proper place at the top of the face, and the ears have moved from the neck to the sides of the head. The jaws have been complete for a while, and the palate is now "zipping up," closing from front to back.

How Big Is Your Baby at Fourteen Weeks?

This week your baby is roughly the size of a nectarine. At week 14, the average fetus weighs about 1-2 ounces and measures between 3.2 to 4.3 inches long.

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Mom’s Body at 14 Weeks Pregnant

Now that you’ve reached the second trimester, your belly is growing faster than before. Your healthcare provider will note the size of your uterus at each prenatal visit by measuring the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus (the fundus). Generally, this measurement correlates to the week of pregnancy when it is measured in centimeters. What about your fundal height measurement in inches? At the moment, with you in your 14th week of pregnancy, it is approximately 5.5 inches above the upper ridge of your pubic bone, while at 20 weeks, the measurement will be about 7.9 inches.

14 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

  • Leaky Breasts – You may start to notice that your breasts are leaking a bit, due to the production of colostrum. This breast discharge usually has a white or yellowish color, and although it might startle you at first, it is completely normal.
  • Sinus Congestion – It could be allergies or a cold, or it might simply be another pregnancy symptom. Many pregnant women find that their nose constantly feels stuffed-up, making it difficult to breathe. Congestion occurs because the hormone progesterone 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. Start by making sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. You can try using a humidifier or dabbing a little petroleum jelly in each nostril to make your nose less dry. Saline drops or a saline rinse may also be helpful.
  • Feeling Hungrier – 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 indulge, but be sure to keep most of your food on the very healthy end of things. Most women whose weight was in the normal range before pregnancy need to consume an additional 300 extra calories per day at this point (600 more if you’re carrying twins).
  • Enjoying More Energy – By the 14th week of pregnancy, most women find that they feel a surge of energy. If this is what's happening with you, it’s a nice change from the fatigue that plagued you during your first trimester. Now is a good time to work on the nursery and do other things around the house. Later on, you’ll feel a bit larger and less energetic, so take advantage of the great feelings while they’re here!
  • Beautiful Hair – It isn’t your imagination! One of the nicest pregnancy side effects many women experience is thicker hair that might grow a bit faster than usual. It’s one of the few enjoyable symptoms of pregnancy!
  • Aching Head – If you tend to get headaches, 14 weeks is a good time to take steps to reduce your headache risk: Eat healthy snacks often, stay hydrated, and address any lifestyle factors that cause you to feel stressed or lose sleep.

If you are 14 weeks pregnant with twins, extra weight gain is considered normal. Find out more about twin pregnancy symptoms during your second trimester.

  • Have you visited the dentist recently? If not, schedule a checkup and cleaning. Your teeth and gums need special attention during pregnancy.
  • Watch out for germs! Your body’s immune response changes during pregnancy and if you come down with the flu, it’s likely to hit you harder than usual. Make sure you get a flu shot, and be extra-vigilant about washing your hands, practicing good hygiene in general, and avoiding sick people.
  • Have you considered whether you’ll be taking childbirth classes? Now is a great time to research available options in your area. Your other half may or may not want to participate.
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14 Weeks Pregnant: Ask Your Doctor

  • Call your doctor right away if you think that your pregnancy might be in trouble. Two of the biggest red flags are heavy bleeding and abdominal pain.
  • What about weight gain? Don’t be alarmed if your weight suddenly starts to increase at this point. It’s normal to gain one to two pounds per week, give or take a bit. Your healthcare provider can help you establish the right weight gain goals based on your BMI and other individual factors.
  • How about exercise? If you haven’t talked about workouts with your healthcare provider, now is a good time to do so. You’ll want to have a conversation about whether you’re a good candidate for an exercise routine, and which activities are best for you.
  • I think I might have a cold! If you feel like you’re catching a bug now or at any other time, it’s important to be in touch with your provider. The OTC medications you relied on before your pregnancy might not be safe now, so you’ll need some help and advice from your practitioner.

14 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

If your nose is stuffy, use a humidifier or put a little petroleum jelly in each nostril

Say goodbye to your normal waistline, as your uterus starts to rise above your pubic bone

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14 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

If your nose is stuffy, use a humidifier or put a little petroleum jelly in each nostril

Say goodbye to your normal waistline, as your uterus starts to rise above your pubic bone

Search for a good childbirth class and sign up

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