14 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips

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14 Weeks Pregnant - Baby Development, Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips

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How Big Is My Baby At 14 Weeks Pregnant?

Your baby is growing fast and is about the size of a lemon. The baby is about 3.42 inches long and weighs about 1.52 ounces.

Baby Development

  • The palate (roof of the mouth) has completely formed.
  • The thyroid gland has developed and started producing hormones.
  • Arms are long and thin and growing proportional to the size of the body.
  • Fine hair called lanugo is growing on the body, which keeps the baby warm.
  • Prostate gland develops (in boys), ovaries moves to pelvis from abdominal area (in girls).
  • Skeletal system and muscles continue to develop and strengthen.

14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Round Ligament Pain: Some pregnant women experience round ligament pain. This pain feels like achy or sharp pain on one or both sides of the abdomen. You may feel this when you’re getting up, stretching or twisting. This pain caused by stretching and thinning of ligaments that support your womb.  This change occurs to accommodate the increasing weight.

Lower Back Pain: Extra weight of the expanding uterus puts pressure on the lower back muscles resulting in lower back pain.

Increased Appetite: As morning sickness begins to vanish, your appetite increases. You will feel hungrier than earlier. This is the right time to eat well to aid your baby’s rapid growth.

Increased Energy Level: Your energy level will increase in the second semester as the early pregnancy symptoms decrease.

Thicker Hair: Your hair may appear thicker and shinier than usual. This is caused by pregnancy hormones.

Varicose Veins: You might notice visible veins crisscrossing your breasts, abdominal area, and legs. This is a symptom of varicose veins and is common during pregnancy. Varicose veins are swelling and enlarged veins mostly in the lower legs and feet.  Increased blood volume during pregnancy causes veins to swell and enlarge. Pressure exerted by the uterus on the large veins behind it causes the blood to slow in its return to the heart. These things cause varicose veins.

Edema: Your body holds more water during pregnancy, which can move towards the lowest parts of your body making your ankles, hands and feet swell. Taking load off, avoiding standing for long periods of time, and popping your feet up higher than your heart will help.

Heartburn: Your may experience heartburn due to pregnancy hormones relaxing the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach. This causes food and acids to come back up from the stomach to the esophagus. The food and acid causes the burning feeling of heartburn.

Indigestion: Indigestion is a common symptom of pregnancy. This is a side effect of relaxed digestive system caused by pregnancy hormones. It is normal.

Nasal Congestion: Most of the pregnant women experience nosebleeds and nasal stuffiness during pregnancy. They are caused by the increased amount of blood in your body and hormones acting on the tissues of your nose. It is normal and is just another common symptom.

Frequent Urination: Needing to pee frequently will continue and is a common and constant problem during the entire pregnancy. Pregnant women commonly experience temporary bladder control problems in pregnancy. Baby in your womb baby pushes down on the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. This pressure can lead to more frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.

14 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

  • Continue to follow good prenatal habits like eating healthy food and taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins daily.
  • Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Take plenty of rest and sleep at least 8 hours a day.
  • Avoid eating unhealthy foods, such as deep fried foods, salty and sugary foods, unpasteurized dairy foods, undercooked meat and eggs, and mercury-laden fish.
  • Do light to moderate exercises to stay healthy and energetic; doing Kegel exercises will strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
  • Make yourself confortable by wearing breathable loose clothes.
  • Stop wearing high-heeled footwear. Wearing flats and slippers is safe.
  • Don’t take any medication or herb without your doctor’s permission.
  • Take a holiday if you feel it.The second trimester is the best time to travel, because you have less symptoms and more energy to enjoy it.
  • Spend time with family, friends, and other loved ones to keep stress at bay.

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