This is the start of your second trimester. Nausea, breast sensitivity and other discomforts should be diminished by now. If not, they should soon start abating. Your pregnancy may be somewhat noticeable at this stage, evidence of the little one growing inside.
By now, symptoms you felt in the first trimester might be fading. But don’t be surprised if they don’t vanish right away. Be patient and take it easy! Here are some new pregnancy symptoms you may be feeling at 14 weeks:
- Round ligament pain You’re probably feeling some aches and pains as your muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing baby. At 14 weeks pregnant, cramps are often because of round ligament pain, but if you have any concerns, talk to your doctor.
- Increased energy As you emerge from the nasties of the first trimester, you’re probably getting your energy back.
- Increased appetite Tummy’s rumbling? Once morning sickness starts to go away, you might find your appetite on overdrive. Remember that what you eat is fueling baby’s rapid growth. You should aim to eat about 300 extra calories per day.
- Thicker, shinier hair You might notice your hair getting thicker and shinier, one of the (few) attractive side effects of pregnancy.
If you’ve a twin fetus, at 14 weeks pregnant, you’ll want to eat about 680 extra calories per day now that you’re in your second trimester. Keep plenty of healthy snacks by your side just in case you get the munchies. It’s important for you and for baby … that you don’t indulge in too many greasy, fatty foods, so you’re both getting the right nutrients.
Development of Baby
Your baby now shows facial expressions and is able to suck her thumb as brain impulses stimulate the muscles.
The kidneys are now functioning and will be releasing urine into the amniotic fluid until birth.
Your baby has stretched out a little from her foetal position and is now 8.8cm from top to bottom (about the size of a lemon) and weighs around 42 grams.
With the body growing faster than the head, the arms have grown to a length that’s almost in proportion to the rest of the body by the end of the week.
Your baby is covered in ultra fine hair (called lanugo), all over her little body.
The liver and spleen start to function, aiding in digestion and the production of red blood cells.
If you did have glimpse inside your 14 weeks pregnant belly, you would see that baby’s wiggling his or her toes in there and may even be thumb sucking.
Typically, there isn’t a 14-week ultrasound. You likely had an ultrasound in your first trimester and another one again during anatomy scan (a.k.a. mid-pregnancy ultrasound), which usually happens between weeks 18 and 22. The doctor will also use an ultrasound if you plan to have an amniocentesis (between weeks 15 and 20).
As your appetite increases, it’s important that you continue to eat healthily and exercise appropriately. Eat smaller portions more frequently throughout the day.
If you started out at an average BMI, doctors recommend you gain about one to two pounds per week starting at 14 weeks pregnant. If you’re 14 weeks pregnant with twins, your weight gain goal will be about the same as singleton moms until week 20 when you should start gaining a bit more.
If you feel you have gained too much weight, do not start dieting, as this may deny your baby the crucial nutrients she needs to continue her development. However, do cut out all unnecessary calories from cold drinks, fruit juices and unhealthy snacks.
You could also start an exercise routine, but only after discussing it with your healthcare practitioner.
A 14-week fetus’ kidneys are making urine, and the liver and spleen are doing their jobs too. You might be surprised to hear that baby at 14 weeks is growing lanugo, a thin, peach fuzz-like hair, all over—it’ll help keep the body warm!
At a 14 weeks pregnant ultrasound, baby’s gender might be difficult to make out. If you want to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl, you will likely be able to find out in just a few weeks at the anatomy scan.