Congratulations! You have successfully completed the first week of your second trimester. Here is a list of pointers for this week.
Pregnancy Week 14: What changes are occurring with your body?
Maternity clothes may be a necessity for some people, while others have been able to postpone the inevitable by either borrowing their partner’s clothes or using rubber bands and safety pins to enlarge the waistbands.
The way that your body responds to this pregnancy depends on if you have been pregnant before and how your body changed during previous pregnancies. A rule of thumb is that in subsequent pregnancies your body tends to accommodate your growing baby and uterus faster, causing you to show earlier.*
Pregnancy Week 14: How big is your baby?
Your baby is now over 4 inches long and weighs just a little less than 2 ounces.*
Pregnancy Week 14: What is happening with your baby?
Your baby is continuing to grow and mature at this point. Your baby’s arms are going to begin to lengthen and be more proportioned to the rest of the body. The liver is beginning to produce bile, while the spleen is beginning to produce red blood cells.
The development of your baby’s brain enables him/her to use his/her facial muscles to grimace, frown, and squint. He/she may even be sucking his/her thumb. Because you have begun the second trimester and most of the critical development has been completed, the chance of miscarriage decreases.*
What should you plan for this week?
You may begin feeling extremely moody at this point of your pregnancy. Don’t worry; mood swings are common during pregnancy. You may be excited about being pregnant, but you can also be stressed or overwhelmed. You may begin asking yourself questions such as:
- Will I be a good parent?
- How am I going to manage financially?
- Will my baby be healthy?
- Am I doing the right things to prepare for my baby?
Remember, pregnancy is a life-changing event full of all types of physical and emotional changes.
Pregnancy Week 14: Tips for making your pregnancy better:
You may have noticed that you have moles for the first time in your life. Or you may have noticed that your moles have begun to change during your pregnancy. While these changes can be pregnancy related, it is still wise to have new moles or changing moles evaluated by a healthcare provider.
Pregnancy Week 14: Tips for mom’s partner:
During this early time in pregnancy, many women struggle with being tired all the time. Your partner may need to take a nap when she gets home from work or running errands. If you have other children in the house, play with them so that she can have some quiet time to nap.
She will greatly appreciate this thoughtful gesture, and if you really wanted to make her happy you could surprise her by having dinner taken care of when she wakes up!