By the fourteenth week of pregnancy, you probably have told family and friends the good news. Now you have an army of support to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. By this week in your pregnancy, you should be adjusting to all of the changes of your body. You should pretty much be used to being pregnant. The baby is still continuing to grow and you should be getting ready for your fourth month doctor’s check up. Every month at the doctor you should be getting your blood pressure checked, your urine checked, and your weight checked. By the next month or so, it all seems very routine.
You will also see more physical changes in your body. Your waist may be a bit fuller. This is due to the uterus being moved upwards causing the belly to start showing more. By now the baby is 100% formed. The remainder of the pregnancy is spent developing their organs, skin and systems. At this week in pregnancy, the placenta is starting to work. Like the previous weeks, you cannot see the changes in the baby unless you are scheduled for a sonogram.
Most new moms won’t be able to feel the baby moving until the sixth or seventh month. This is when the baby becomes much bigger and the movements can be felt in the uterus. As long as you continue to eat healthy and get plenty of rest the baby will continue to grow.
About the size of your clenched fist, your baby is growing and developing in new ways. With less jerking movements, your baby learns to move its arms or legs with a more fluid motion. Your little bundle is also starting to sprout the first signs of hair as well. A few sprigs on their head, and much more on the body. This fine hair on the body helps maintain temperature and is known as lanugo. Don’t worry though—most babies aren’t born totally hairy. While some can remain on the shoulders and back, the majority falls off as the baby begins to gain body fat for warmth.
Your baby can now bend their fingers and make a fist. The baby is about 85 mm long and weighs about 110 grams. Your baby will continue to move around more at the fourteenth week, but you may not be able to feel the kicks until later on.
Changes With Your Body
Because pregnancy suppresses the immune system, you will be more susceptible to cold and flu while you are expecting. Remember to wash your hands, or use sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available. Avoid sharing food and drinks, or hygiene items—like your partner’s toothbrush.
Continue to take your prenatal vitamins. Iron deficiencies are pretty common in pregnancy, and you may be prescribed an iron supplement—this isn’t usually necessary as an additional supplement because there is a prescription strength iron component to your prenatal vitamins. As we mentioned in week thirteen, there will be changes in breast size during the second trimester.
What To Expect
The coming weeks will bring on a better attitude and outlook. Thankfully, you will be experiencing less nausea, heartburn and headaches. You will soon begin to see changes outside your body to match those you feel on the inside. While you feel your best, this may be a good time to consider doing some shopping for the nursery, starting a pregnancy journal and recording every new thought or feeling.
As you lose the troublesome nausea, you may find a renewed appetite. Even though you may be tempted to eat everything in your path, remember to maintain your composure and eat frequent, small meals to help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent binge eating on snacks that are less healthy.
Remember to care for yourself by eating right and working to stay healthy. Now isn’t the time to adopt a new radical diet or crazy exercise routine. Be aware of what, when and how you eat to stabilize your blood sugar levels and keep yourself feeling top notch.