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The second trimester of your pregnancy is always so exciting. You start to feel you’re pregnant, slowly start to experience small milestones, watch your baby bump get bigger minus the morning sickness and the extreme exhaustion. If this is your first pregnancy, your second trimesters will be full of firsts. Here’s what to expect during your 14th week of pregnancy:
14 weeks pregnancy symptoms
This is the second week of your second trimester and hopefully, your morning sickness has eased or is at least bearable. While many of your early pregnancy symptoms will be gone, there are other pregnancy symptoms you’ll be experiencing during week 14. Here are the 14-week pregnancy symptoms you should expect:
- Pregnancy glow
- Thicker, shinier hair
- Larger breasts
- Sore, tender breasts
- Side belly pains caused by the growth of the womb
- Trouble with digestion
- Leg cramps
- Sore hands and feet
- Increase in appetite and cravings
14 weeks pregnant belly
Your baby bump is starting to slightly show and you can start to feel the physical changes of a baby growing inside you. During this week, you will notice that your uterus has expanded to fill the pelvis and ascend into your abdominal cavity. Your baby is now the size of a peach, weighs between 25-35 g, and is 8-10 cm in length.
One of the biggest changes that will occur in your 14 weeks pregnant belly is that you now have an organ that you didn’t use to have 14 weeks ago, the placenta. The word ‘placenta’ is Latin for a flat cake that describes its shape. The placenta is not only attached to the womb but also works as a link to your baby through the umbilical cord. It manages to provide the baby with nutrients, oxygen, and hormones as well as removes other waste products such as carbon dioxide.
14 weeks pregnancy checklist
At 14 weeks pregnant, you should be following the below checklist:
- Manage your weight. It’s very easy to give in to your cravings, but you need to control your weight to avoid strain on the circulatory system.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet. It’s important to get the nutrients you need to help your baby develop and ensure you’re healthy and strong throughout your pregnancy.
- Increase your physical activity. During your second trimester, you’ll start to feel an increase in energy levels as the exhaustion starts to wear off. Use this to your advantage and increase your low-impact physical activity to prevent getting viscose veins.
- Wear comfortable clothing. While you still probably fit into your normal clothing, you will be rather bloated. Choose looser options to help make you feel comfortable.
- Take your prenatal vitamins.
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Sources used in this article:
- Week by week guide to pregnancy – NHS
- Pregnancy at Week 14 – Pregnancy birth baby
- 14 weeks pregnant – Flo Health