14 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- If your nose is stuffy, use a humidifier or put a little petroleum jelly in each nostril
- Say goodbye to your normal waistline, as your uterus starts to rise above your pubic bone
- Search for a good childbirth class and sign up
Your Baby’s Development
By this week, some fine hairs have developed on your baby’s face. This soft colorless hair is called lanugo, and it will eventually cover most of your baby’s body until it’s shed just before delivery.
Watch Your Baby GrowBy now, your baby’s genitals have fully developed, though they may still be difficult to detect on an ultrasound. Your baby also starts to produce thyroid hormones because the thyroid gland has matured.
Your baby now weighs about 1.6 ounces (45 grams) and is about 3.5 inches (9 cm) long from crown to rump.
Your health care provider may discuss amniocentesis with you if you’re older than 35 or if your screening tests indicated that there may be a problem with the fetus. Amniocentesis is a test usually done between 15 and 18 weeks that can detect abnormalities in a fetus, such as Down syndrome.
During this test, a very thin needle is inserted into the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby to take a sample of the fluid for analysis. Amniocentesis does carry a very slight risk of miscarriage, so talk to your health care provider about your concerns and the risks and advantages of the test.
Pregnancy symptoms at 14 weeks
You’re probably feeling brighter and livelier this week than you did in your first three months. Morning sickness usually disappears around now, meaning you can finally put the early symptoms of pregnancy behind you.
You’ll sleep more soundly in the second trimester than you did in your first. Your womb (uterus) is moving up into your belly, relieving pressure on your bladder and resulting in fewer trips to the loo. Your pregnancy hormones are also stabilising, making your breasts less tender.
You may have the occasional nosebleed in the second trimester. This is due to pregnancy hormones making your blood vessels weaker, and your increased blood supply putting pressure on them. If the lining of your nose dries out, your blood vessels are likely to break, causing a nosebleed. You can stop your nose drying out by drinking plenty of water and applying petroleum jelly to the inside of your nostrils.
What you need to know at 14 weeks pregnant
Now that you’re telling people that you’re pregnant, it’s a good time to start thinking about the practicalities of parenthood. There’s a lot to consider before your due date, so spreading out your research will prevent any last-minute panic.
Why not discuss shared leave with your partner this week? Shared parental leave allows you to split your maternity leave entitlement between the two of you. Or you could talk about your childcare options, and whether you’d prefer a nursery, childminder or relative to look after your baby when you return to work. You don’t need to make any decisions yet. But it’s helpful to know that you’re in agreement early on.