Now you’re a fully fledged member of the trimester two club, it’s time to starting thinking about doing all those things you abandoned in the first trimester because you felt so wretched. Think about doing some exercise, catch up with friends, and start planning for when the baby arrives. Your baby is as big as an orange now, so it’s still growing rapidly, in fact it has doubled in weight from last week. You may find that your belly ‘pops’ sometime soon (if it hasn’t already).
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.
If you’re struggling to fit in to your normal clothes now, it’s worth investing in some key maternity pieces to see you through your pregnancy. Key pieces include a pair of maternity jeans and some black pants, one or two stretchy dresses that you can layer up or down to suit the season, and a couple of good quality maternity tops that can be used while you breast feed. You can read more about maternity wear here.
Keep eating well, avoiding alcohol and getting plenty of rest. You are more susceptible to colds and flu when you’re pregnant and your doctor may recommend that you get a flu vaccination if you’re pregnant for the duration of the flu season. If you are unlucky enough to get the flu while you’re pregnant, you can read about how to manage the symptoms here. Be sure to let your doctor know if you do come down with the flu so he can tell you how best to look after yourself.
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, check out the top 10 list for boys and girls here.