If you are 14 weeks pregnant, then you’re now in the second trimester of your pregnancy. You may be excited and anxious at the same time. You may be feeling less nauseous and more energized at this stage. As your baby continues to grow, your belly will start showing more now. In this article, you will learn about your baby’s development, symptoms, and other tips.
Pregnancy Week 14
The second trimester of pregnancy comes with a lot of changes. Your hormones level out, and this provides you relief from nausea and fatigue. You also feel full of energy, and your appetite will return. Since the risk of miscarriage drops during the second trimester, you may also be feeling a sense of relief. The second trimester of pregnancy is also known as the honeymoon phase. It is time to enjoy your pregnancy and have some fun.
1. Increased energy
During this week, you will find that your fatigue is fading away. Your body has been working to make the placenta. Now that the placenta is fully formed, your body gets a big boost of energy.
2. Increased appetite
As your nausea decreases, you regain your appetite. Remember, what you eat helps to fuel the growth of your baby. You should aim to eat around 300 extra calories per day. Eat regular nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day.
3. Round ligament pain
As your muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing baby, you may feel some aches and pains. To prevent these pains, avoid sudden movements, stretch your hips, and get some exercise.
4. Varicose veins
Varicose veins are very noticeable large veins that usually appear on lower legs. During pregnancy, the pressure from the increased blood volume can enlarge these veins. To prevent varicose veins, switch positions often when sitting or standing for a long time, do not cross your legs, and avoid wearing heels.
5. Continued breast growth
Your breasts are still growing and changing. The areolas are darker. They are not as sore and itchy as they were during the first trimester.
6. Stuffy nose
High levels of progesterone and estrogen increase the blood flow to the mucous membranes in your body, like the nose, which causes them to swell and soften. Your immune system is also a bit weaker now, which makes you more susceptible to cold and flu. Use a warm mist humidifier to help you breathe better when you sleep.
7. Thicker hair
You will notice that your hair is healthier, thicker, and shinier. Improved hair is one of the better effects of pregnancy hormones.
8. Mood swings
Pregnancy hormones can also lead to mood swings. You could be overcome with joy one minute and close to tears the next. Pregnancy is a time for significant emotional changes.
Your body at week 14 of pregnancy
You will start gaining more weight from your second trimester onwards. If you have a healthy BMI, your doctor will suggest that you gain around one pound per week. If you were underweight or have lost weight due to nausea during the first trimester, your doctor may ask you to put on more weight.
As your uterus expands to accommodate your growing baby, your belly may feel achy or sore. It is also not very unusual for women to develop moles during this time. You are in the final days of your first trimester. As your hormonal levels are evening out, you are starting to feel like yourself once again. Get them evaluated by your doctor just to be safe.
Your baby at week 14 of pregnancy
At week 14, your baby is almost four inches in length and weighs a little less than two ounces.
- Your baby’s facial muscles are developing now. He can frown or squint now.
- Your baby’s neck is growing longer, helping his head to stand more erect.
- Your baby’s mouth can now open and close his mouth. He is starting to make swallowing and sucking motions.
- Your baby’s esophagus, larynx, and vocal cords are in place now.
- Your baby’s spleen and liver are now producing bile and red blood cells.
- Your baby is starting to glow lanugo, thin hair that covers the entire body.
- Your baby’s genitals are fully developed now. ,
- Your baby’s kidneys are making urine now.
Tips to follow when 14 weeks pregnant
Be aware of what food you are eating and how much. Doctors advise pregnant women to eat around 300 more calories during the second trimester. Avoid junk food and incorporate healthy and regular meals into your daily routine.
Most women get a healthy burst of energy during the second trimester. Use this energy wisely. Swimming, walking, group aerobics, and yoga are some excellent options. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should get around 30 minutes of exercise per day. Exercising during pregnancy also helps to lower the risk of gestational diabetes.
3. Stay healthy
There is a drop in your immunity level during this phase of your pregnancy. You may be more susceptible to cold, flu, or other infections. Stay healthy and follow basic hygiene, like using separate towels and washing hands often.
4. Plan a holiday
The second trimester of pregnancy is the best time to travel. The risk of miscarriage is reduced, and you have all the energy to enjoy your vacation. Before you book your tickets, check out the airline’s policy for flying during pregnancy.
5. Remove your navel piercing
If you have a navel piercing, you should take it out now. While it cannot harm your baby, when your tummy enlarges, it may get caught in your clothes and irritate.
Your week 14 doctor’s visit
During the second trimester, you will visit your doctor every four weeks unless you have complications. During this visit, your doctor will want to know how you are feeling physically and emotionally. Your doctor will address any concerns or questions that you may have regarding your pregnancy.
During this visit, your doctor will record your weight and blood pressure. He may also take a urine sample. Protein in urine is a sign of UTI. If this is accompanied by high blood pressure, this can indicate preeclampsia. Your doctor will also check your baby’s heartbeat.
Your doctor may also feel your abdomen to get a sense of the size of your uterus and baby. He will note the size of your uterus by measuring the distance from your pubic bone to the top of the uterus. The fundal height correlates to the week of the pregnancy. At this stage, your fundal height is around 14 centimeters.
Tips for the partner
Even though the first trimester is the big one when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, the second trimester also has a few. Mood swings, headaches, swollen feet are just a few symptoms that she will have to deal with.
You can help your partner by doing more housework and letting her take the rest that she needs. Take away the stress that she may be feeling by talking to her and making her share her thoughts and feelings. Now is an excellent time to talk to your employer about your paternity leave options.
As you enter the second trimester of your pregnancy, your hormone levels are leveling out, and symptoms like nausea and fatigue are reducing. You have more energy now, and your appetite is also improving. Your baby is almost four inches in length, and he can now frown or squint. His kidneys are making urine now, and the liver and spleen are producing red blood cells and bile. Eat a nutritious diet, exercise daily, and stay fit.