Your Pregnancy Week 14

Reviewed by James Brann, MD
Learn about your symptoms and changes during the 14th week of pregnancy.

Your Baby

By the end of pregnancy week 14 your baby may be over 4 inches long! Your baby also weighs roughly 1 ounce. As you continue your pregnancy from here on out you'll find your little bean growing increasingly proportional.

Changes in Your Growing Baby

Your baby is starting to grow very quickly. Your baby's length starts to match your baby's weight and your baby's head starts to appear much more proportional. By now you'll also notice your babies ears moving to their final resting place at the side of the head while the eyes move closer together on the front of your baby's face.

Your baby's neck starts to get longer too and a chin starts forming. Your baby is working hard to develop her reflexes by kicking and swimming about. Currently, your baby should be receiving all the nutrition she or he needs from the placenta. That means anything you eat, drink or smoke will cross the placenta and enter your baby! It is very important you continue to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
One way to protect your unborn infant from potential hazards during pregnancy is to avoid deli meats and unpasteurized soft cheeses. These products may contain listeria, a harmful bacteria that can be fatal to unborn babies. You should also avoid any undercooked or raw foods like carpaccio or sushi, that may contain parasites or may cause food poisoning.

Pet owners should avoid changing their kittens litter box while pregnant if possible. It is possible to contract the disease Toxoplasmosis through the litter box. This infection can also pose a significant risk to your unborn baby. If you don't have someone readily available that can change your kitty's litter be sure you wear a mask and protective gloves when performing this task and wash your hands thoroughly after to help prevent transmission. Fortunately if you have had your cat for some time you have likely already been exposed to the disease, thus it is not nearly as potentially hazardous as if you have never been exposed and built up immunities.

Your Body's Development

You'll finally start looking a little bit pregnant. You may also notice other unwelcome pregnancy symptoms, including constipation. Remember to drink plenty of water and eat foods that contain lots of fiber to help keep your bowels moving while pregnant. Pregnancy not only slows your digestion but prenatal vitamins contain iron which can contribute to constipation. Iron is vital however to your nutritional needs during pregnancy and can help prevent anemia in pregnancy.

Changes in Your Body

Aside from your growing belly you may find yourself a bit hungrier. Feel free to indulge in an occasional splurge but remember your caloric needs generally rise by only about 300 calories a day during pregnancy. As a welcome side effect you may find your energy improves around 14 weeks pregnant. Be sure to take advantage of your renewed energy and get outside for a walk each day if you can.

Most women can continue a normal albeit somewhat lighter exercise routine at 14 weeks pregnant. You will find however that your body starts releasing a hormone called relaxin that makes your joints and ligaments much more flexible and hence prone to injury. Be sure you take things easy and allow yourself plenty of time to warm up and cool down to prevent injury. You should also work to keep your heart rate around 140 beats per minute. This will prevent you from becoming overly tired but ensure you get a good workout in.

Pregnancy Symptoms

Welcome to the second trimester! At 14 weeks pregnant, most women are starting to look pregnant and not just "chubby." You may still be tired, but the morning sickness that once plagued you is probably a distant memory. You will start to feel better as your pregnancy progresses.

You might start to notice some lower abdominal achiness. It may feel like a dull ache or a sharp pain that occurs when you suddenly shift positions. This is round ligament pain - a common pregnancy symptom that occurs in the second trimester. Also called "growing pains," round ligament pain happens due to the ligaments surrounding your uterus stretching to accommodate your growing baby.

Other pregnancy symptoms that you might experience include gas, indigestion, and heartburn. As your belly gets larger, you may start to have problems sleeping, too. This is a common complaint starting in the second trimester onward.

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