Your baby is growing fast. Your baby weighed about 20 grams last week and reached a weight of 25 grams this week. As you can see, your baby is developing every week more than his/her previous status. This way your pregnancy is now clearly visible. If you want to get information about other symptoms of pregnancy, you can read our article named “How can I know that I am pregnant?”.
14 weeks pregnant : Change and development in babies
This week your baby starts to show some facial expressions. Your baby’s sexual organ develops completely this week. If your baby’s gender is male, the prostate and if it is female, the ovaries begin to develope. However, it is still not possible to see the gender by the ultrasound in this week. Nevertheless, there is a possibility of determining the sex of your baby with a high-quality and color ultrasound.
Your baby’s hair also started to grow in this week. Also, your baby now has a fingerprint.
Some symptoms that begin to appear at 12 weeks pregnant are gains speed in the 14th week. Your baby can now move his/her hands and feet as he/she wishes.
The 14th week is a really important week for your baby. Your baby starts to hear his mother’s voice starting from this week. However, These voices are not clear, they are like a hum. Your baby will have to wait until 25th week to hear you clearly. From 27th week on, except your voice, he/she can hear outside sounds and react them.
At 14 weeks pregnant, other sensory organs of your baby are also developing and the baby feels himself/herself. Since his/her neck is a little longer than previous weeks such as 13 weeks of pregnant , your baby can now turn his/her head on both sides. He/she can started to open and close his palms and began to move his fingers. He/she moves his/her hands and feet up and down and does not neglect to kick. He/she can do all of these things without difficulty. Again this week, your baby’s liver produces bile and the spleen produces red blood cells.
14 weeks pregnant: Changes in mother
You are in a stage of pregnancy where you will feel more energetic as we have expressed in the 12th week. You’re happy for getting rid of nausea and vomiting that you are troubling in the first weeks.
You can use your energy by going outside and spending time with friends and close relatives. This will give you morale. It will also be good for your psychological state that becomes emotional by the changes in your hormones. This period is the best time to travel because of your high energy and not much swelling in your belly. As this stage of pregnancy, there may be an increase in your weight gain. 14 weeks pregnant receive an average of 2.5 pounds. This is a little more in multiple pregnancies.
Backache can also be seen this week, and may even worse by weeks. Although there is nothing to worry about, if you do not feel down from the waist you should consult your doctor.
14 weeks of pregnant: Nutrition
The values of the food you eat passes to your baby. Your nutrition should meet your baby’s need for iron, calcium, vitamin and protein. If you do not get enough of them, this time your baby’s body will meet these needs from your body. In order to maintain your baby’s full development and your health, you need to have a balanced and healthy diet consisting of all food groups. Inadequate nutrition in terms of vitamin A, zinc, iron, riboflavin, magnesium, folic acid and protein can create problems such as premature birth, growth retardation in babies, low weighted baby births and so on.
You can learn about pregnancy stages and get week by week pregnancy information in our website.
The weight taken during pregnancy stages varies according to each mother. According to experts, the most healthy rate is 12 kilos. However, in some cases it may be necessary to have more weight. For example, if the mother is skinny before she gets pregnant, it is normal for her to gain 18 kg during her pregnancy. However, if the mother has already a normal weight or a little more weight before her pregnancy, 18 kg is a risk for her. We mentioned about the problem of after pregnancy weight in our post “Getting Rid of Weight After Pregnancy“.