You have reached the second trimester of pregnancy, you are one trimester away from delivering the baby. It is one of the comfortable stages of pregnancy where you don’t feel morning sickness. You can enjoy your favorite meals. The body starts changing during this stage as the baby is rapidly growing.
The size of the baby
The size of the baby resembles a lemon or peach at this stage.
Weight/height of the baby
The weight of the baby at fourteen weeks is around 1.2 oz. or 25-35grams. The height of the baby is around 9-10 cms or 3.1-3.9 inches.
About your baby
The baby starts getting active at this stage. The baby starts to move their legs and arms in order to appear super active. The baby can now suck the fingers and curl up the head. The grasp reflex of the baby starts evolving during this period. The baby tries to grab objects in response to touch. The baby at this stage can feel the fetal membrane and umbilical cord. The eyebrows and eyelashes have started to form along with other facial features. The facial muscles of the baby are now more active and they can smile. The joints of the baby are in developing phase with coordinated movements.
The neck muscles are now strong enough with the head staying in its position. The fingerprints of the baby have started to develop which will end by week 24. The lungs of the baby are still in forming phase due to which they breathe through your placenta. The body of the baby is covered with thin hairs which disappear by the end of pregnancy.
About your body
You are gaining weight due to increased lymph and blood volume. You will notice physiological changes in your body like popping up of veins over legs, breasts, and abdomen. Try controlling your weight if your veins are extremely enlarged. Try losing some weight at this stage by performing some light exercises, rescued pressure over the legs, try wearing comfortable clothes and have compression stockings in order to treat varicose veins. The symptoms during this stage include increased appetite, more susceptible to colds, you won’t feel nausea and vomiting during this stage.
Do & Don’ts
• Maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to offer better support to your body and the growing baby.
• Consume a healthy diet throughout pregnancy including fresh fruits and vegetables.
• Take a screening test with a glucose tolerance test.