14th Week Pregnancy: Symptoms, Baby Development And Tips

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How Many Months Pregnant Are You At 14 Weeks?

At 14 weeks, you enter the second trimester and are three months and one week pregnant. During this week, your baby starts moving a little, and you will start getting over morning sickness. Momjunction tells you more about your baby’s growth, changes in your body, and the care you should take during this period.

How Big Is Your Baby At 14 Weeks?

Your baby is about the size of a lemon (1). The baby measures 3.42 inches (8.7cm) and weighs about 1.15oz (43g) (2).

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At 14 weeks, your baby can also be compared to the size of kiwi fruit (9).

Your baby’s growth picks up at a faster pace. Read more about it next.

Baby Development At 14 Weeks

Here is how the baby’s body is developing in this week:

Body parts Developments
Face Facial features are still developing
Kidney Starts making urine (3)
Bone marrow Blood begins to form the bone marrow
Arms Develop in proportion to the body
Bones Harden to form the skeleton (4)
Nerve cells Develop at a faster pace
Fingers and toes Unique fingerprints are developed
Lanugo Body covered with soft, downy hair (5)
Thyroid gland Matured and starts producing thyroid hormone
Limbs Starts moving
Mouth Starts swallowing amniotic fluid and baby starts sucking fingers
Genitals In girls, ovarian follicles begin to form and in boys, prostate appears (6)
External genitalia has been developed.

As the baby develops, you’ll start experiencing different symptoms of pregnancy.

What Symptoms Do You Experience In The 14th week Of Pregnancy?

You experience the following indicators of the 14th week of pregnancy.

  • As the pelvic muscles and ligaments are stretching, it causes pain on one or both sides of the abdomen (due to stretching of the round ligament).
  • Weight gain should be around 2 to 7 pounds during this week (7).
  • You feel more energetic.
  • Morning sickness subsides, and you feel much relieved.
  • You experience increased appetite.
Symptoms you experience in the 14th week of pregnancy

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  • The extra blood volume puts pressure on the blood vessels causing the veins, especially in the legs, to swell, increasing the chances of varicose veins.
  • The increased blood flow to the mucous membranes causes them to swell, making breathing difficult and resulting in a stuffy nose sometimes.
  • The extra weight of the uterus starts straining the lower back muscles, causing backache.
  • Digestion slows down due to hormonal fluctuations, causing indigestion and gas formation.
  • Edema or water retention in the body results in the swelling of hands and feet.
  • The pressure the growing uterus puts on the bladder increases your urge to urinate. External changes also occur at this time, making your pregnancy evident.

External changes also occur at this time, making your pregnancy evident.

Changes In The Body At 14 Weeks

Physical changes:

  • Second-time moms may notice a visible baby bump this week.
  • The breast size increases, and the areola becomes darker.
Physical changes in the body during 14th week of pregnancy

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  • The blue veins become prominent around the breast area due to increased blood flow.
  • The mid-abdominal line gets darker called linea nigra.
  • The hormonal changes make your hair look fuller, thicker, and shinier.

Emotional changes:

  • Strange dreams as a result of pregnancy fears
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
Quick fact
During this time of pregnancy, you may also develop dark patches on your skin, especially in your face and neck regions – this is known as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy (9).

When To Call The Doctor

Call the doctor in the case of (8):

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
Inform your healthcare provider if body temperature is 100.4 degrees or above

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  • Pelvic/ lower abdominal pain other than cramping
  • Less urination or dark-colored urine
  • Severe vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding or leaking from the vagina

Besides getting timely medical care, you must also take care of yourself at home.

Tips To Stay Healthy

Here are a few tips you can follow for a healthy pregnancy:

  • Eat smaller meals at regular intervals of time.
  • Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated.
  • Follow a healthy diet. Include meat, cereals, dairy products, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
  • Engage in light workouts to keep yourself active and healthy. Pelvic floor exercises help strengthen the muscles.
  • Avoid consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as they can affect the baby’s development.
  • Rest properly and try to sleep on your left side.
Tips to stay healthy during pregnancy

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  • In case of nausea, drink lemonade, eat watermelon, or sniff a lemon.
  • Don’t skip meals or lie down immediately after having meals.
  • Avoid uncooked, spicy, deep-fried, and fatty foods.
  • Take iron, calcium, and vitamin supplements (folic acid, vitamin B6) every day.
  • Wear comfortable and breathable clothes.
  • Avoid wearing heels and switch to flats and slippers.
  • Avoid taking medicines without your doctor’s permission.
  • Stay connected with family and friends.

Also, seek your partner’s support.

Tips For Dad-To-Be

Your partner might also experience some emotional changes. He should:

  • Accompany you to the prenatal visits.
Tips for dads-to-be during 14th week of pregnancy

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  • Lend a helping hand in the daily household chores.
  • Go for a daily walk with you.
  • Plan a day out for shopping and relaxation.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I feel my baby at 14 weeks?

According to experts, at 14 weeks of gestation, your baby may be moving in your womb, but you will not feel it (9). Some women can feel the babies from the 15th week of pregnancy, while others don’t feel them until 20 to 22 weeks (10).

2. Do I get an ultrasound at 14 weeks?

You may get your first-trimester ultrasound at 14 weeks of gestation. However, most women get an ultrasound at 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy (11).

3. What are the causes of miscarriage at 14 weeks?

A pregnancy loss between 14 and 23 weeks of gestation is a late miscarriage. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), thrombophilia, weak cervix, developmental issues with the baby, and infection are some prominent causes of late miscarriage during pregnancy (12).

Each week of pregnancy takes you one step closer to seeing and holding your baby. As you enter your 14th week of pregnancy, you may start experiencing different symptoms and physical changes. These changes include the development of varicose veins, morning sickness, and indigestion. These new developments can be overwhelming; hence, knowing about them can give you time to prepare and help you remain calm. Moreover, the effective and helpful tips provided can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and thus provide for the baby’s healthy development.

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