Week 14 of pregnancy might seem like any other, but it’s an exciting one nonetheless, with your baby growing to about the same size as your fist. Your baby’s fingers and fingerprints have already been formed, and he is now covered in lanugo, or a layer of fine hair. He will eventually lose this coating, though, as he begins storing fat to keep him warm instead. Furthermore, by the 14th week of pregnancy, his bones have already started developing and are getting stronger, as the rest of his organs start to function. For instance, meconium may now be produced by his intestines, and his liver may start producing bile. These contribute toward ensuring that your little bundle of joy is developing as he should.
Another reason to look forward to week 14 of pregnancy is the fact that, for many women, the troublesome symptoms of the first trimester start to dissipate. Pregnancy at 14 weeks may be marked with increased energy, fewer occasions of morning sickness, a decreased urge to urinate often, and increased breast growth — without as much tenderness as in the previous weeks. If you lost your appetite during the first trimester, it may just return on the 14th week of pregnancy. Take advantage of this time and make sure you are well-nourished with nutritious meals for you and your growing baby! Another thing that can make this time especially exciting is that growing baby bump. It may not be very obvious yet, but you will probably be able to tell the difference.
The best way to manage your pregnancy at 14 weeks is by continuing to stay nourished, without necessarily going overboard. Make sure you exercise regularly. Low-impact activities such as prenatal yoga and walking can do wonders for your health and mood. Also, it is a good idea to take extra good care of your oral health, since your gums are more likely to swell during this period. Brush, floss, and use mouthwash at least twice a day to avoid infections. You’re nearly halfway there at week 14 of pregnancy — make your experience as pleasant and as healthy as possible!