Week 14 of Your Pregnancy

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You have reached your second trimester! You're now one-third of the way through your pregnancy. At 14 weeks pregnant, you may finally be feeling better as early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and fatigue begin to fade. Many expecting parents consider this in-the-middle trimester to be the easiest and most comfortable.

14 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months? 3 months and 2 weeks

Which Trimester? Second trimester

How Many Weeks to Go? 26 weeks

Your Baby's Development at 14 Weeks

At 14 weeks, a baby is typically 3 1/2 inches in length (9 centimeters) and weighs a little over 3 ounces (90 grams).

New Facial Expressions

If you could peek inside your womb, you’d see a tiny baby practicing how to frown, squint, make a pucker.

Increased Movement

You’d also witness a lot of movement. The baby may be wiggling around, stretching their arms, or even breathing by taking amniotic fluid in and out of the lungs.

Organ Development

A lot is going on when it comes to your little one's organs, too.

Explore a few of your baby's week 14 milestones in this interactive experience.

Your Common Symptoms This Week

You may already feel less nauseous and exhausted. But, if you haven't begun to feel better yet, hang in there. Those not-so-pleasant early pregnancy symptoms don't abruptly end on a specific date, so they technically don't all disappear when you hit week 14.

However, they do often fade out now that your first trimester is over. It may just be more of a gradual shift to feeling better. Either way, you are entering the least symptomatic phase of your pregnancy.

More Energy

As nausea and vomiting subside, fatigue tends to fade along with it. The exact cause of fatigue is unknown, but rising hormones in the first trimester are likely suspects. As the hormones level off at the end of the first trimester, some expecting moms feel less tired and, perhaps, even more energetic. However, it isn't true for everyone. Fatigue can sometimes continue or even get worse as the pregnancy progresses.

Less Breast Tenderness

Breast tenderness may also ease after the first trimester. However, some women continue to feel discomfort as the breast tissue grows and matures to make breast milk.

Return of Desire

Early pregnancy symptoms can interfere with sexual desire in the first trimester. However, when nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and breast tenderness diminish along with the fears of harming an early pregnancy, sexual desire may return.

If there is a concern about sex, your doctor will let you know. But, generally speaking, intercourse during pregnancy is safe as long are there are no complications such as placenta previa or vaginal bleeding.

After sexual activity, some light cramping is normal. It's nothing to worry about. Mild contractions are part of orgasm. They are irregular and fade quickly.

New or Changing Moles

Skin changes occur throughout pregnancy. One issue that may pop up is the formation of a new mole or changes to an existing mole. Pregnancy can do funny things to moles like make them bigger or darker. But, while pregnancy is the likely cause of these changes, it's always smart to have any new or changing moles looked at by your healthcare provider.

Self-Care Tips

The second trimester typically brings a bit of physical and emotional relief. As you notice a decrease in early pregnancy symptoms and more energy, you may also feel a little less worried about something going wrong. Plus, your pregnancy belly is still at a point where you can move comfortably. This trimester is the easiest to enjoy.

Breathe a Little Easier

If you've been concerned about early pregnancy loss, especially if you've experienced it before, this week brings a little sigh of relief. By week 14, the risk of miscarriage drops significantly. And, while some moms may not truly feel relief until after the delivery when they're holding a healthy baby in their arms, this is a critical step to getting to that point.

If you are worried all the time, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional to help you get through.

Get Some Exercise

Even though your baby is growing steadily, the little one still isn’t big enough to weigh you down. The second trimester is a good time for exercise and staying active. Unless, of course, the doctor tells you otherwise, physical activity is safe during pregnancy.

Experts recommend that pregnant women get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Exercise reduces the risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and cesarean section. It also helps the body recover faster after birth.

Plan a Babymoon

The second trimester is a great time to make special plans for you and your partner. Once the baby comes, it may not be as easy for the two of you to get away on your own. So, a babymoon is a great way to spend time together, connect, and relax before life changes with a newborn. It could be a staycation at home, a weekend not far away, or a big trip.

Talk to your doctor, but as long as you aren't experiencing any complications, travel is typically safe. The sweet spot for traveling during pregnancy is between 14 and 28 weeks. Since the first trimester's morning sickness is likely over, and walking and moving around are still comfortable, travel is more enjoyable during this time.

Your Week 14 Checklist

Advice for Partners

First-time parents may benefit from taking a birthing class. They are often available at the hospital, a birthing center, a private facility, or online. There are many options to choose from, and sometimes a lot of fellow parents-to-be are vying for spots.

It's a good idea to register for a class when you're about 20 weeks along. So, now is the perfect time to start some initial research on your options. With you taking the lead, your partner gets to cross this item off their to-do list.

Upcoming Doctor’s Visits

You may have your next regular monthly prenatal visit around week 16.

If you choose to have an amniocentesis, it typically takes place between week 15 and week 20.

Your healthcare provider may recommend an amniocentesis if you:

  • will be 35 or older when your baby is born
  • have a family history of genetic disorders on your side or your partner’s side
  • had a screening that indicated a possible issue
  • previously had a baby with a birth disorder

Because amniocentesis carries a very small risk (about 1 in every 200 to 400 may experience complications, including miscarriage), take time to make the best decision for you and your family. Though your healthcare provider may recommend it to you, it is not mandatory.

Recommended Products

As you begin looking into childbirth classes, you may want to check out some online options.

Online Birthing Classes

Online classes tend to be flexible and let you study at your own pace. If that's something you and your partner might be interested in, here are a few possibilities to get your research started.

Special Considerations

If you're planning an adventure, be safe and take the proper precautions.

Travel Safety

Travel is generally safe during most of your pregnancy. However, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue can put a damper on first-trimester trips, while comfort can be an issue as you get into your third trimester. That's why the second trimester is the ideal time for a getaway. Of course, there are some precautions you should take regardless of when you travel.

Pregnancy travel safety tips include:

  • Talk to your doctor about your travel plans.
  • Avoid areas where travel is not recommended.
  • Stay hydrated, especially during air travel.
  • Don't sit for long periods. Be sure to get up and walk the aisle on the plane or stop the car every 90 — 120 minutes to get out, stretch, and walk around.
  • Limit car travel to no more than 6 hours a day.
  • Always fasten your seatbelt in the car or on the plane.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Check the medical care at your destination, just in case you need something.

Security body scanners at the airport are not dangerous to your baby. Even so, if being scanned makes you uncomfortable, you can request to be manually checked by a security agent.

What Experts Say

"The amount of radiation exposure during one scan is equivalent to 0.01 chest X-rays."

Allison Hill, MD, OB/GYN

A Word From Verywell

For a lot of expecting moms, week 14 is the beginning of the most enjoyable few months of pregnancy. Your baby is growing, the risk of miscarriage has dropped, and you're on your way to feeling better than you've felt in a while.

Next week is likely more of the same as you continue to feel better and have more energy. You are also getting closer to seeing that baby bump. Everyone is different, but bellies tend to "pop" early in the second trimester.

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Additional Reading
  • Allison Hill, MD. Email communication. October, November 2017.