At 14 weeks pregnant your baby will be receiving its nourishment directly from you. It also means that anything absorbed by the skin and inhaled can cross the placenta and affect the baby. It is important to continue to be careful with what you eat and are exposed to throughout your pregnancy to decrease risks to you and your baby.
Body Changes At 14 Weeks Pregnant
Along with your little baby bump may also come constipation (and other embarrassing pregnancy symptoms). Causes include the following:
- Dehydration (your body needs more fluids during pregnancy)
- Less efficient digestion
- Pressure from growing baby
- Increase in iron (from diet and prenatal vitamins)
To prevent constipation and the hemorrhoids that often go with constipation, increase fluids, exercise and fiber (gradually to avoid increase in painful gas).
The hormone relaxin peaks and remains in your system until you give birth. It is there to help your joints and ligaments relax to make the room that your growing baby will need. It will also help your body to be able to make room for the baby to exit at birth.
Baby’s Development At 14 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is now between 3.2 inches to a little over 4 inches and will weigh just about an ounce now. The baby will continue to develop the proportions he or she will have by the time the baby is born.
The growth of your baby is rapid and the body is catching up with head size. The baby’s ears are moving towards the sides of the head and the eyes continue their movement to their final destination on the front of the face.
Your baby’s neck will elongate and the chin will no longer be resting on the baby’s chest.
The nutrition the baby receives is coming directly from the placenta at 14 weeks pregnant. Fingerprints are developed and voluntary movement starts this week.
Life At 14 Weeks Pregnant
Though your partner may be tiring of cleaning the litter box, you will need to avoid that task until after the baby is born to reduce your risk of contracting toxoplasmosis from your cat’s feces. If you have cats using your garden as a litter box, use caution when gardening, also.
There is plenty of time after the pregnancy to catch up on your turns cleaning the litter box. If there is no one else available to clean the litter box, use a mask and gloves. Tie bag the bag before putting in the outside trash, put gloves, and mask in outside trash afterwards, and wash hands thoroughly.
Exercise is good, but if you haven’t been very active before your pregnancy, check with your health care professional the best way to begin exercising now while you have the energy and your tummy won’t interfere. It is hard work to deliver a baby; being in shape will make it much easier and ease common pregnancy discomforts.
Start looking into a making a will (including a guardian for your baby) and life insurance.
Enjoy the activities you did before the nausea and fatigue set in and peaked during your first trimester. Your pregnancy will be a more positive experience if you work with each trimester and the changes occurring in your body.