You’re now 14 weeks pregnant and by now you’re probably starting to look pregnant. It is about this time that you should be fitted for a maternity bra.
14 weeks pregnant – development guide
With your pregnancy glow in full swing, you may feel much more like being active. Exercising in pregnancy is so beneficial but remember that the relaxin in your body softens your joints and ligaments in preparation for birth, so you may have to consider this when planning to exercise. In general you’ll be able to do most exercises you did before you were pregnant but there are a few exercises to avoid in pregnancy.
Through the first trimester, you didn’t need to increase your food intake at all. But, during the second and third trimester, your energy needs increase by approximately 600 kJ per day. Increasing your daily intake of fruit to 3-4 serves will help to feed this need.
Your uterus is approximately the size of a softball and you should be able to feel it through your abdomen. The top of your uterus is called the fundus and you may start to hear your healthcare provider use this term more. You may start to notice the linea nigra – this is the dark line that runs down the middle of your belly. The line usually eventually fades after the birth of your baby. Some say the linea nigra can predict the sex of your baby.
Sized approximately 7-9cm (head to rump), your baby weighs between 25-28 grams. Lanugo – soft, downy hair covering and protecting your baby’s body – has started and grow and will stay with them until just after birth.
Your baby’s reproductive organs are developing – for boys it’s the prostate gland and for girls it’s the ovaries. Despite the development of your baby’s lungs, the placenta is their source of oxygen. The lungs won’t function as ours do (with air) until they are born.
3 things to do now you’re 14 weeks pregnant
Be fitted for a maternity bra
You should be fitted for a maternity bra when you notice changes in the size of your breasts – usually before you’re 16 weeks pregnant. Maternity bras aren’t just bigger cup sizes – they’re specially designed to support your breasts as they grow plus they have drop-down cups for when you’re breastfeeding.
Journal your pregnancy
Pregnancy is a special time so why don’t put your thoughts down before they drift away in a baby-brain fog! If you’re a member of our forum – and it is free and easy to become one – why not start your own online pregnancy journal?
Print out our pregnancy to-do list
Our pregnancy to-do checklist is an invaluable printable list of everything that you need to do – plus a few ‘treats’ – whilst you are pregnant. Keep it handy and make sure you don’t miss out on important deadlines, appointments and things to do!
This content is meant as a guide only. If you find anything worrying or unsettling, or experience any bleeding or spotting, contact your local GP, obstetrician or an emergency healthcare provider immediately.