In week 14 of your pregnancy, your baby’s sex organs will continue to grow. During this week they will develop ovaries or a prostrate depending whether they are a boy or a girl.
Your baby’s thyroid also starts working and they may discover how to suck their thumb.
Your baby is now about 8 centimetres long and weighs about 30 grams.
You might start to notice changes to your complexion and your skin may darken around your nipples, navel, armpits and inner thighs.
If you have dark hair and fair skin, you’re also more prone to a condition called chloasma, also known as “the mask of
pregnancy.” Areas of skin on your forehead, cheeks, and chin may become darker.
Your nails may become stronger and longer than usual too. If you experience 14 weeks pregnant cramps, it is normal and occurs because the growing baby is stretching the uterus. When you change positions, you may notice the muscles on one or both sides of your abdomen cramp up.
Strange food cravings, nosebleeds, and snoring are also common 14 weeks pregnant symptoms. Nasal congestion happens because of a surge in pumping blood around your body.
As your 14 weeks pregnant belly gets bigger, it is common to find yourself experiencing back or joint pain. Prenatal yoga classes can help you stay in shape, as well as easing aches and pains. Walking is also an excellent form of exercise during pregnancy, particularly as you tend to have an increase in energy during this part of your pregnancy.
To stay hydrated drink about eight to ten glasses of water a day. This can help prevent fluids in your body from pooling and causing swelling or bloating.
Now that you are in the second trimester, and you have given the wonderful baby news to family and friends, you will probably notice a lot of people giving you suggestions for baby names. Everyone will have their opinions on names (good and bad). Do not let their thoughts on chosen names deter you from selecting the name you like; you make the decision! If you need some inspiration, try looking at baby name books or browsing lists online.