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14 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 14 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby can now form facial expressions.
2.     Your hair is thicker and shinier.
3.     An ache in your lower abdomen!
4.     Ever-improving breast size.
5.     Increased appetite.
How your life will change this week:
As morning sickness subsides and your appetite returns, you will start feeling less fatigued and stop needing to urinate so frequently. All good news! Your breasts will feel less tender but they will continue to grow and the nipples will darken as the mammary glands develop. You may feel achy in your abdomen as the muscles and ligaments supporting your growing uterus begin to stretch. This is totally normal and nothing to worry about.

During pregnancy, increased levels of oestrogen can make your hair look thicker and shinier. The pregnancy glow isn’t a myth after all – as your blood flow increases throughout pregnancy, including in the blood vessels directly below the skin, your skin might actually glow.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby’s growing body will start to catch up with the size of their head. This week, fine hair (known as lanugo) will develop all over your baby’s skin, helping to keep them warm until a layer of fat develops. The muscles on your baby’s face can move into different expressions by now – squinting, frowning and grimacing – and a thumb can reach your baby’s mouth. Your baby’s kidneys are also functioning and excreting urine into the amniotic fluid. 

This week’s To Do list:
  • Buy some nice maternity jeans.
  • Begin planning your baby’s nursery.
  • Give yourself a foot soak or indulge in a pedicure.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
While taking a hot bath is not advised for pregnant women, a warm bath (35 degrees Celsius or cooler) can be very soothing and reduce swelling in your arms and legs. Light a candle, throw in some bubble bath, lie back and relax.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Dr Nomathamsanqa Matebese, Gynaecologist. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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