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By the 14th week of pregnancy, your bump is starting to show more. You can rejoice as you have graduated into the fourth month of your gestation period.
What Changes Take Place in the 14th Week of Pregnancy?
You stepped into your babymoon period last week and it will continue at 14 weeks pregnant. You are likely to feel more elated and relaxed while various changes happen inside your body.
You will feel more at ease at 14 weeks pregnant. Your energy levels will restore. Your visits to the bathroom to urinate will lessen drastically. However, you will feel stomach pain because of the growing uterus. This pain is precisely called round ligament pain.
Your immune system will also become slightly weaker. So it is recommended that you remain germ-free and take the additional care that you need. It is because in the 14th week of pregnancy you will become more susceptible to colds, flu and bugs. But with your bump, your face will lighten up with a glow. Your hair will also become thicker and shinier.
At 14 weeks pregnant baby size is that of kiwi fruit. It will also be similar in size to a navel orange. It is a great time for fetal development and your baby deserves a lot of praise. The baby’s facial muscles will start to work. Your baby will smile and frown in the womb now.
Its genitals have also profoundly developed. The baby’s neck and arms are in proportion and moving. Though its legs will take somewhat more time to lengthen. Your little kiwi sized baby can also wiggle its fingers by 14 weeks pregnant.
Besides the growth of hair on the head, face and eyebrows, it is now growing a coat of hair all over the body. This hair growth is particularly meant for warmth purposes and is known as lanugo. Don’t worry, you are not going to birth a monkey. The lanugo disappears with time, as the baby’s fat takes over.
You may be surprised to know that in the 14th week of pregnancy, your fetus is standing up straight and also moving more swiftly. It’s oesophagus, windpipe, larynx and vocal cords are all in their places.
14 weeks pregnant baby size has also started operating its digestive systems. It is now producing meconium, which will help make up the baby’s first bowel movement after it is welcomed outside.
And last but not least, your little bundle of joy has started using its mouth to swallow. For now, it is only sipping the amniotic fluid. But don’t worry, this fluid passes through its kidneys and comes out as urine.
14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
A wide range of 14 weeks pregnant symptoms are highlighted in your body now. These consists of:
- Decreased fatigue
- Less tenderness in breasts
- Increased breasts size
- Increasing appetite
- Changes in moles or new moles
- Varicose veins (in legs)
- Stomach pain
- Leaking nipples
- Increased Sex drive
- Stuffy nose
- No nausea and vomiting
- Weight gain
Care for the 14th Week of Pregnancy
Another good news for you is that your risk of miscarriage is decreased greatly. But that does not mean that you and your baby do not need the right care. Practice the tips given below for a safe pregnancy:
- Do not skip your prenatal vitamins
- Drink plenty of water
- Start doing light-to-moderate exercises
- Wash your hands more often or carry hand sanitizer
- Track the changes in your skin
- Eat something every two hours
- Protect your baby from secondhand smoke