Posted by: mommyq | January 5, 2005

14 Weeks

I am getting my update in today as I don’t know if I will have the time to log on tomorrow! 🙂

What is going on with the baby:

Your baby’s body systems are starting to work on their own. The digestive system practices moving food along the intestines and the renal system and he can create and eliminate urine. He also continues to practice “breathing” the amniotic fluid in and out of its lungs. Your baby has tiny, soft nails on its fingers and toes, is growing hair and may even suck his thumb. Your baby is approximately 10-11.5 cm (3 ½ -4 inches) and weighs approximately 1.5 ounces.

Also, your baby’s blood is beginning to form in the bone marrow and blood vessels are beginning to form on various parts of the fetus, connecting one to another. The joints and muscles allow your baby full body movement so your baby is able to move around. The baby’s neck is getting longer and his chin is no longer resting on his chest. The eyes and ears continue to move into place. The hands are becoming functional and reflex movements often occur. Nourishment now comes from the placenta. So remember, some of what you eat and drink is getting through to baby. The doctor could tell if your baby is a boy or a girl using special tests.

Amniotic fluid is an amazing substance. It completely regenerates itself every three hours. We do know that it is partially composed of urine from the baby, but where amniotic fluid in general is made we are not sure. Modern medicine still has some surprises left.

Fetal movement, or quickening, can occur as early as this week, although you’re more likely to begin feeling movement closer to 16-18 weeks.

Did you know?

-The babies fingerprints have now appeared.
-Head hair, including eyebrows, develops.
-In boys, the prostate gland develops.
-In girls, the ovaries descend from the abdomen into the pelvis.

What is happening with mommy?

Hormones are becoming more level and the mood swings of the first trimester will slow. (Patrick will be happy to hear this! LOL) However, because of the lessened hormones – and the fact that baby may be pressing against your bowel – you may begin to experience constipation as your intestinal muscles are working more slowly. (The fun NEVER ends) A good way to combat this is to increase the fiber in your diet. If after a while you see no relief or you find this bothersome or troubling, mention it to your doctor at your next appointment. Other changes may include the appearance of a dark line down the middle of your abdomen. This is normal and is called the “linea negra.” Also, the areola (the dark part of your nipple area) may have gotten darker and larger. This is also normal as your body readies itself for breastfeeding. Your uterus is approximately the size of a grapefruit.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Experience

Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
Frequent Urination
Constipation
Indigestion or heartburn
Occasional headaches
Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
Itching

Are you 14 weeks pregnant? Check out PregnancyCorner.com’s week by week calendar to learn more about you and your baby.

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