Welcome to what’s often called the honeymoon phase of your pregnancy, as you’ll likely have more energy and nausea could be a thing of the past.
Your baby at 14 weeks
Your baby is the size of a peach – about 8.6cm and 42.5g, almost double in size from last week. Your little one has developed facial expressions such as squinting and frowning, and they’re starting to make sucking and chewing movements.
They can even suck their thumb, which is something you might see during an ultrasound. Their body is now growing faster than the head and the arms faster than the legs. These arms and legs can punch and kick, but you won’t feel that movement yet. Fingernails and toenails are starting to develop.
“Your baby’s kidneys are making urine and their genitals are fully formed, although you probably won’t be able to see them yet on a scan.”
Your baby’s kidneys are making urine and their genitals are fully formed, although you probably won’t be able to see them yet on a scan.
Your body at 14 weeks
Aside from increased energy and less nausea, you might also notice that your hair is looking thicker and shinier and that your appetite has increased. You should be eating around 300 extra calories a day – keep healthy snacks on hand and ensure you’re still drinking plenty of water.
You might be feeling some aches and pains, a result of your muscles and ligaments stretching to accommodate your baby. Enlarged veins in your legs are quite common owing to increased blood volume. They’re generally painless and harmless, so don’t worry too much about them. Drink lots of water to prevent these and also switch positions when standing or sitting. Try to exercise regularly too.
You might experience leg cramps too, which occur because blood vessels or nerves in the legs are compressed. Try stretching your calves before bed. Cramps could also be a sign that you need more magnesium, so it might be worth taking supplements.
Taking care of yourself during this time
- Try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet where you can, but don’t deprive yourself either.
- Exercise regularly – choose something you love doing the most.
- Try to control your stress levels at this time. If you can eliminate areas of stress, then that’s a good start. If you’re battling a bit, it might be worthwhile chatting to a professional who will be able to help.
- Be kind to yourself! You’re going through lots of physical changes and you might be anxious too. Try to get me-time where you can and indulge in things that make you happy.
- Your libido might have increased during the second trimester, so go have some bedroom fun. It’s safe to have sex while pregnant and you can always try out new positions that feel more comfortable.
- Most of your clothes might still fit you, but now’s a good time to get some maternity clothes, especially pants.
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