14 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed fourteen weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (14 weeks)

The biggest news for this week regarding is baby is Hair!!!
The baby is growing hair all over his body including the head and eyebrows. These hair are called lanugo and are very fine and would usually vanish before the baby’s birth.

At this stage some of his muscles would start working as well. By this week the baby can squint, the baby’s hand is starting to have a grip, the baby could frown as well as suck his thumb.

Your symptoms at this stage (14 weeks)

It is likely that most of your early pregnancy symptoms are gone or have heavily reduced by now and you are feeling much healthier and brighter.

If you are still feeling nausea very often or are yet unable to keep anything down, it is advised to see your doctor.

Probably you would find the second trimester as the easier pregnancy stage as you would be able to sleep soundly (as the bump is not too big yet) and would not feel very sick. You may find the second three months the easiest stage of pregnancy. Try to enjoy these months and try to have a good time with some exercises likelow impact aerobics, prenatal yoga or some walking.

Your life at this stage

You can start sorting out the practical aspects of birth and future with your partner. You two can sit and plan your maternity leave, how much paid leave you are entitled, would you want to take some more unpaid leave, what would be financially more suitable for your family. Also, you could start planning about childcare options. If you plan to return to work after the baby is a few months old, what would you prefer, a child care facility or a nanny.

Try to find out as much as you can how it is like to be a working parent so that you are mentally prepared when the time comes to join back work.

Important things to keep in mind

  • It would make a world of a difference if your partner is supportive when it comes to the baby. Try to talk to your partner and ask for support if needed.
  • Find out if you want to hire a professional birth partner called doula to be with you during your baby’s birth.
  • You might have an antenatal check-up coming up and you may be asked to bring a urine sample.
  • While eating out be careful of what you eat, check out the foods to avoid .