14 Weeks Pregnant

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

It should be an enjoyable week for the expectant couple as the hormones have now begun to level off.

How’s the baby coming on?

Starting to use the hands

Your baby is about 12.5 centimeters in length, and weighs 55 grams during the 14th week of pregnancy. Fingerprints begin forming in those tiny baby fingers, and he or she now has a grip and is beginning to start using the hands, though more out of reflex than anything else. The hair is beginning to emerge in the head and eyebrows, forming a hair mask called Lanugo. The eyes and ears continue to move to the right position in the face, and the neck continues getting longer. The baby’s body is also moving so that the correct position will be achieved upon delivery. By this week, the baby has become solely dependent on the placenta for nutrition.

Breathing amniotic fluid

Your baby is now breathing amniotic fluid in and out of the baby lungs more regularly, and is urinating amniotic fluid as well. Amniotic fluid has a very complex and interesting composition to those who choose to study its contents. It regenerates itself every three hours or so. Such is the complexity of the composition of this fluid that modern science is still not sure about all that it contains. It is known though, that it is made up partially of the baby’s urine.

Changes inside the Mommy

Pregnancy constipation

Mommy may suffer from pregnancy constipation starting this week. This is because your hormones calm your bowel muscles, causing them to become less efficient. If this turns out to be the case, your best defense is to increase both your fluid and fiber intake. Try and

  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat fiber-rich food such as strawberries, brussel sprouts and whole wheat bread.

Daddy needs to?

Try and take as many photographs as you can during the entire course. You could try making a collage from the pictures titled “Expansion” or likewise, to enjoy the memories of these 9 months along with your child later!

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