Your Guide to Being 14 Weeks Pregnant:
How do you feel at 14 weeks?
Your baby’s eyes are now in their proper position at the front of her face. Her eyelids are still tightly fused, but she’s already sensitive to light. For the first time in your pregnancy, her body is growing faster than her head, so she’s beginning to look more in proportion. She now has fingernails, toenails and hair – yes, even eyebrows. In fact, her whole body is covered with downy fuzz called lanugo, which keeps her warm in the womb.
Your baby’s movements are becoming ever more sophisticated. She’s practising breathing, inhaling the amniotic fluid, and then weeing it out into the womb. She can also frown, inhaling the amniotic fluid, twist and turn her joints, and may even be able to suck her thumb, feet and, bizarrely, knees!
What’s happening to you
Your uterus has popped out above your pelvis, so from now on, your midwife will check your baby’s growth by feeling your bump and measuring the distance from the top of your uterus to the top of your pubic bone. At 14 weeks, it should measure around 14cm. It’ll grow by 1cm a week from now on.
Your heart is working harder than ever to pump blood to your baby – before you were pregnant, only two per cent of your blood supply was directed to your uterus, but now it’s a huge 25 per cent. And your kidneys are working 60 per cent harder than ever, to deal with your baby’s waste products. All this exertion means you’ll probably have a raging appetite, but be wary of eating for two – you don’t actually need any more calories at this stage of pregnancy than before you conceived.
Constipation is common at this stage, because the hormones that relax your muscles and ligaments to accommodate your bump also slow down your digestive system. A good diet with plenty of fibre, at least five daily portions of fruit and veg, and six to eight glasses of water will help you stay regular.
When to check it out
If you’re seriously uncomfortable and straining to go to the loo, seek advice – there are several pregnancy-safe constipation remedies to get you going again.
‘To do’ this week
Now your bump is beginning to sprout, it’s time for a shopping spree. Maternity wear is (thankfully) a lot funkier than the baggy smocks of old, and you’ll probably find it a darn sight comfier than squeezing into your pre-pregnancy gear, too.