14 WEEKS PREGNANT
Congratulations! You have found more energy, feel less nauseous and your breasts less tender this week! Gone are the nasty pregnancy symptoms and you are starting to feel healthier and even sexier.
You are now embarking on the “easiest” period of your pregnancy, and it is time to resume your usual activities – exercise and have fun!
14 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 14 weeks? Your baby is the size of a lemon, which is about 89mm (8.9cm).
The current weight of your baby is about 42grams (0.042kg).
14 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
This is the weight gain that you must achieve this week.
|Underweight||(BMI <18.5)||0.44kg to 0.58kg|
|Normal weight||(BMI 18.5 to 24.9)||0.39kg to 0.50kg|
|Overweight||(BMI 25 to 29.9)||0.23kg to 0.33kg|
|Obese||(BMI ≥ 30)||0.16kg to 0.25kg|
During the second trimester, you will need to eat an extra 340 calories a day.
14 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
Welcome to some say, the “easiest” period of your pregnancy. The symptoms that you felt previously in the first trimester is beginning to subside.
Being 14 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptom that your body might be experiencing:
- Round ligament pain. As your belly expands to accommodate the growing baby, the muscles and ligaments around the uterus will also stretch. This is characterised by a sharp pain or jabbing feeling in the lower belly or groin area.
- Thicker and shiner hair. During pregnancy, your body produces more estrogen, resulting in thicker tresses and less hair loss. Your hair will also become shiner and may also change texture.
- Increased energy. As the morning sickness and nausea goes away with the first trimester, you will find your energy levels returning.
- Increased appetite. So with your nausea becoming less severe, you might find your appetite increasing. Remember that your baby gets nutrients from the food that you are eating, so eat right and eat healthily. Avoid oily, greasy and fatty foods. The target should be an extra 300 calories a day on top of your usual meals when you are not pregnant.
The second trimester is supposedly the “easiest” period of your pregnancy as you experience mild symptoms.
14 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
Your belly might be feeling sore as your belly expands to accommodate the growing baby.
This week, the top of your uterus is slightly above your pubic bone, therefore you might see your tummy poking out slightly. As you start to show, we can only imagine your excitement for when the little one arrives.
It’s normal as a pregnant, soon to be mum that you worry every now and then, but remember to focus on taking care of yourself and eating right.
You might also find that your weight gain will start to speed up from this week. With your morning sickness symptoms dying down, it is time to get your body back on track with some exercise sessions.
Even simple activities such as taking a walk or even prenatal yoga class will help your body tremendously.
HOW IS MY BABY 14 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Your baby is now able to squint, frown, grimace and pee!
The kidneys are producing urine which is released into the amniotic fluid around the baby, and it is a process that will be repeated till birth.
The liver and spleen are also now functional and doing their jobs. The baby’s body is now growing faster than the head which will make it look more normal, and the head is sitting on top a somewhat visible neck.
The arms will also grow to a proportionate length by the end of this week, but the legs still have some growing to do.
Your little one will now also have hair all over the body called lanugo, which helps to keep him or her warm. What’s also amazing is that your baby might even be sucking his or her thumb and even wiggling the toes.
You won’t usually have a week 14 ultrasound, but if you do, you probably will not be able to find out the gender of the baby. The results will only come in a few weeks at the anatomy scan.
WHAT TO DO AT 14 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Start exercising, or you can also sign up for prenatal exercise classes
- Wear loose clothing
- Remember to have your meals (even if you feel queasy)