By the time you are in the 14th week of your pregnancy, you can expect your fetus to measure 3.4 inches long and weigh 1.52 ounces; about the size of a bagel bite to make things simpler. The baby begins to develop lanugo (fine, soft hair, especially that which covers the body and limbs of a human fetus); and as for a mother’s bodily changes, some round ligament pain can be expected.
14 Weeks Ultrasound
Since the baby starts to suck on their thumb, be not amazed if you see that in your 14th–week ultrasound! Besides, the baby starts to also develop their facial muscles which let them frown and squint by this time. As for their organs, the spleen and the liver begin to work, producing bile and RBCs.
14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms: What is happening in the mother’s body?
The 14th week or the beginning of the second trimester is widely celebrated for being the phase in pregnancy when the aches, pains, morning sickness, mood swings, and other symptoms start to wear down. Since the imbalance in the hormones now starts to level down, you will finally begin to experience lesser headaches, lesser fatigue, lesser nausea and you’d instead be much more energetic and hungry. The chances of a miscarriage also drop down in the second trimester.
Here’s what you can expect to happen to your body in the 14th week of pregnancy-
1. Morning sickness
While nausea might reduce, it is not sure to completely disappear in the 14th week. However, if you have a reason to believe that your nausea has not gone down at all, you could be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, a treatable, severe nausea situation. Consult your doctor as soon as possible.
2. Varicose veins
Your veins, especially on the legs, might suddenly begin to appear enlarged, deep-colored, and ghost-like. This is because of the pressure from the increased blood volume in the body. Keep yourself hydrated and ensure that you do not stand or sit in one position for too long to avoid any complications.
3. Round ligament pain
A common pregnancy-associated pain, round ligament pain extends from the front of your uterus, all the way into your groin. As the uterus moves up and expands to provide space and home to a growing baby, it stretches out the ligament which causes a sharp pain – the round ligament pain. Avoiding sudden, brisk movements, stretching your body, and using a mild heating pad could help.
4. Frequent colds & flu
Your immune system will be much weaker than earlier during your pregnancy, making you vulnerable to contracting frequent cold and flu. While using natural methods like resting, hydration, steam, and gargling are advised, always consult your doctor before popping any pills for the flu or cold.
How to reduce pregnancy symptoms?
Exercise is considered to be one of the best ways to reduce pregnancy side effects. It can also help prevent gestational diabetes, improve mood, make you feel energetic, and help you nap better. However, you also need to make sure that you only indulge in exercises that are safe for your baby. Do your research and consult a professional before you start to full-fledged exercise.
As a final word of advice, your 14th week of pregnancy could be a good time to also start preparing to go on your maternity leave from work. Arrange and organize your work to figure out what all can be done before you go on your leave and what all needs to be kept for later once you are back. This will also help you move in the right directions and give you a heads up when you are back after your long leave.