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Welcome to the second trimester, mama!

At 14 weeks pregnant, many soon-to-be mamas begin to feel hungrier, more full of energy and less nauseous as early pregnancy symptoms begin to go away.

Your Baby is the Size of a Rubik’s Cube


3.5 inches

Head to Toe


1.5 ounces

Highlights of the Week

  • Your baby is growing rapidly, about the size of a Rubik’s Cube, with developing facial features and distinct fingers and toes.
  • You’ve entered the second trimester, often referred to as the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy, known for reduced morning sickness and increased energy.
  • While you can’t feel them yet, your baby is moving and practicing reflexes in the womb.
  • If you choose, this may be the time for a gender reveal ultrasound to find out the sex of your baby.
  • You might start noticing changes in your body shape, prompting you to consider maternity clothing for comfort and style.
  • Some women experience improvements in their skin, with a pregnancy “glow” and reduced acne.
  • Many women feel a boost in mood and energy as morning sickness subsides.
  • Begin bonding with your baby through talking, reading, or playing music to your belly.

Pregnancy Symptoms in Week 14

Weight Gain: By 14 weeks of pregnancy, most women will have experienced some weight gain. On average, expectant mothers may have gained about 1-4 pounds during the first trimester. Weight gain can vary widely from person to person, but it’s essential to remember that it’s a normal and necessary part of a healthy pregnancy.

No More Morning Sickness: One of the welcome changes that often occurs around this time is the easing of morning sickness for many expectant mothers. While some women may still experience occasional nausea, the intense morning sickness that is common during the first trimester typically subsides by the 14th week, allowing for some much-needed relief.

Starting to Show: As the baby continues to grow, many women will begin to notice their baby bump becoming more pronounced. At 14 weeks, your uterus has expanded beyond the pelvic region and starts to push against the abdominal wall, causing your belly to round out. This is an exciting moment as you start to visibly show your pregnancy.

Bleeding Gums: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to increased blood flow to your gums, which may result in bleeding gums, especially when you brush or floss your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups are essential during this time.

More Appetite: You might find that your appetite increases as you enter the second trimester. This is often due to the fact that morning sickness is subsiding, and your body requires additional nutrients to support both you and your growing baby. It’s important to make healthy food choices and eat well-balanced meals to ensure proper nutrition.

Round Ligament Pain: As your uterus expands and your baby grows, you may experience round ligament pain. This is a sharp or cramp-like pain on the sides of your lower abdomen, and it’s caused by the stretching and pulling of the ligaments that support your uterus. It’s typically a normal part of pregnancy but can be uncomfortable.

More Energy: Many women report feeling an increase in energy levels during the second trimester. With morning sickness improving and hormones stabilizing, you may find yourself feeling less fatigued and more able to engage in daily activities.

Varicose Veins: Some women may notice the development of varicose veins, especially in the legs. These swollen, twisted veins can be uncomfortable but are generally harmless. You can help alleviate discomfort by wearing support stockings and elevating your legs when possible.

Stuffy Nose: An increase in blood volume and hormonal changes can lead to nasal congestion or a stuffy nose during pregnancy. This is a common, albeit annoying, symptom. Using a humidifier, saline nasal sprays, or breathing exercises can provide relief.

Breast Tenderness: While breast tenderness may have been most pronounced in the first trimester, it can still be a symptom at 14 weeks. Your breasts are preparing for milk production, and hormonal changes continue to affect breast tissue. A supportive bra can help alleviate discomfort.

It’s important to remember that pregnancy symptoms can vary widely from person to person, and not all women will experience these symptoms in the same way or at the same time. If you have concerns about any symptoms or experience severe discomfort, it’s always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider for guidance and reassurance.

14 Week Pregnancy Checklist

Schedule Your Next Prenatal Checkup: Ensure you have your next prenatal appointment scheduled with your healthcare provider. Regular checkups are crucial for monitoring the progress of your pregnancy and addressing any questions or concerns.

Discuss Prenatal Vitamins: Confirm with your healthcare provider whether you should continue taking prenatal vitamins and if any adjustments are needed based on your health and the baby’s development.

Plan Your Maternity Leave: If you’re employed, start discussing maternity leave options with your employer and HR department. Familiarize yourself with your company’s policies and any necessary paperwork.

Research Childbirth Education Classes: Look into childbirth education classes in your area. These classes can provide valuable information on labor, delivery, and newborn care. Some classes may have limited availability, so it’s a good idea to sign up early.

Budget for Baby Expenses: Begin to create a budget for anticipated baby expenses, including items like nursery furniture, clothing, diapers, and childcare costs. Preparing financially can help reduce stress later on.

Continue Healthy Eating Habits: Maintain a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients for both you and your baby. Consult with your healthcare provider or a nutritionist if you have any dietary concerns or questions.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay well-hydrated, as this is essential for your health and amniotic fluid production.

Exercise Regularly: If you have been cleared for exercise by your healthcare provider, continue with safe and appropriate physical activity, such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga. Staying active can help with overall well-being during pregnancy.

Consider Baby Names: Start discussing and brainstorming baby names with your partner if you haven’t already. It can be a fun and meaningful part of pregnancy planning.

Prepare Your Home: Begin thinking about baby-proofing your home and making any necessary safety adjustments. This includes securing heavy furniture, covering electrical outlets, and ensuring your home is a safe environment for a newborn.

Explore Maternity Clothing: As your baby bump grows, you may need to invest in some maternity clothing for comfort and style. Look for options that will accommodate your changing body.

Discuss Birthing Preferences: Start discussing your birthing preferences and options with your healthcare provider, including whether you’re considering a natural birth or have specific preferences for labor and delivery.

Plan for Parental Leave: If applicable, plan parental leave for your partner as well. Discuss how you’ll both navigate time off work and childcare responsibilities after the baby arrives.

Connect with Other Expectant Parents: Join online forums, local support groups, or social networks for expectant parents. Sharing experiences and advice with others going through pregnancy can be both informative and comforting.

Mental Health Check: Continue to prioritize your mental well-being. Pregnancy can bring about various emotions, so consider seeking support from a therapist or counselor if needed.

Tailor this checklist to your specific needs and circumstances. Your healthcare provider will be your primary resource for guidance and information throughout your pregnancy, so don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Your 14 Week Pregnant Belly

At 14 weeks pregnant, your belly is gradually beginning to show the undeniable signs of pregnancy. While the size of your baby bump can vary from person to person, it typically measures around 4 to 5 inches above your pelvic bone. This growth is primarily due to the expanding uterus, which is now rising out of the pelvic area and becoming more noticeable.

The effects of a 14-week baby bump on your body can be both exciting and challenging. Physically, you may feel your abdominal muscles stretching and the skin around your belly becoming tighter. Some women may also experience itching or sensitivity in the abdominal area as the skin stretches. Additionally, you might notice changes in your posture and balance as your center of gravity shifts forward due to the growing belly.

Taking care of your 14-week baby bump is essential for your comfort and overall well-being. Here are some tips:

Moisturize: To alleviate itching and prevent stretch marks, apply a good quality moisturizer or pregnancy-specific belly balm to your belly. Keeping the skin hydrated can help it stretch more comfortably.

Wear Comfortable Clothing: Invest in maternity wear that provides support and allows room for your expanding belly. Comfortable and breathable fabrics can make a significant difference in how you feel throughout the day.

Practice Good Posture: Pay attention to your posture, as your growing belly can put strain on your lower back. Use a pillow or cushion for support when sitting for extended periods and consider prenatal yoga or exercises that focus on core strength and posture.

Stay Active: Continue with regular, pregnancy-safe exercise routines. Activities like walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga can help you stay fit and relieve some of the discomfort associated with pregnancy.

Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is essential for your overall health and can also help maintain healthy skin. Proper hydration is vital during pregnancy.

Eat Well: Maintain a balanced diet that provides the necessary nutrients for you and your growing baby. Ensure you’re getting enough protein, calcium, and iron, among other essential vitamins and minerals.

Rest and Sleep: Adequate rest and sleep are crucial during pregnancy. As your belly grows, finding a comfortable sleeping position may become more challenging. Consider using pregnancy pillows to support your back and abdomen.

Listen to Your Body: Pay close attention to your body’s signals. If you experience any unusual pain, discomfort, or contractions, consult with your healthcare provider immediately.

Remember that the size and shape of your belly can be influenced by factors such as your body type, muscle tone, and the number of pregnancies you’ve had. Taking good care of your growing belly, staying active, and seeking support and advice from your healthcare provider can help ensure a healthy and comfortable pregnancy experience.

Baby Development at 14 Weeks

At 14 weeks pregnant, your baby is undergoing significant developments in preparation for a healthy and thriving life outside the womb. At this stage, your little one is about the size of a Rubik’s Cube, measuring around 3.5 to 4 inches (8.9 to 10.2 centimeters) in length, and they weigh approximately 1.5 to 2.5 ounces (42 to 71 grams). While still tiny, your baby is growing rapidly, and numerous exciting milestones are occurring.

One remarkable development is the continued growth of your baby’s facial features. Their eyes, which were initially positioned on the sides of the head, are now moving closer to the front. The ears are also becoming more distinct, and your baby is starting to develop a sense of hearing, even if it’s primarily muffled by the amniotic fluid.

Special considerations during this stage of pregnancy include the maturation of the baby’s organs and systems. By 14 weeks, your baby’s kidneys are functioning, producing urine that is released into the amniotic fluid—a crucial part of maintaining the amniotic environment. Additionally, the baby’s liver is actively producing bile, and the pancreas is beginning to produce insulin. These developments are essential for digestion and metabolism and will continue to mature throughout the pregnancy.

Furthermore, your baby’s skeletal system is becoming more substantial as cartilage starts to transform into bone. Their tiny fingers and toes, initially webbed, are now separated and even developing unique fingerprints. While the baby’s movements are still too delicate for you to feel, they are continually practicing reflexes and movements that will become more coordinated as the weeks progress.

At 14 weeks, it’s an excellent time to embrace prenatal care and continue making healthy choices for you and your baby’s well-being. Maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and following your healthcare provider’s recommendations for prenatal vitamins and screenings are all crucial steps to ensure a smooth and healthy pregnancy journey.

How Many Months is 14 Weeks Pregnant?

At 14 weeks pregnant, you are in the beginning of your fourth month of pregnancy. Pregnancy is typically divided into three trimesters, each lasting approximately three months. So, at 14 weeks, you’ve completed the first trimester and are now in the second trimester of your pregnancy. The second trimester spans from week 13 through week 26, which is a total of 14 weeks.