Week 14 of Pregnancy

At week 14, your baby is about the size of an apple, weighting around one and a half ounces. Interesting developments are taking place, from tiny face muscles to peeing. Your early pregnancy symptoms have diminished by now, and you should start feeling better and more energetic during the following months. This is the most enjoyable part of pregnancy for most women.

Your baby’s development in week 14

Several facial features are developed around week 14. Your baby can frown and make all sorts of grimaces. The mouth roof is developed as well, and other particular features continue to fine-tune during this week. At your next ultrasound, you might be able to see your baby grimacing, grasping, sucking her thumb and being more active in general. Her body is growing longer and by the end of the week the length of her arms will become well-proportionate to her body.

How your days are changing during week 14

As the second trimester begins, you will notice that your energy levels return to normal and symptoms such as morning sickness, nausea and breast tenderness have diminished or disappeared completely.

You may experience abdominal aches due to the stretching of your belly muscles. Snoring, breast growth and an increase in appetite are other symptoms you may experience during week 14. A common symptom that appears at the start of the second trimester is forgetfulness. Your memory might feel foggy at times. This is not a severe symptom and should not be a reason to worry.

If you haven’t already announced your pregnancy to friends and colleagues, now is the time to do it. A small bump will start to show soon and the risk of miscarriage is low by this time. The announcement will also enable you to make sure that the environment at work is safe for your pregnancy.

Ultrasound scans at week 14

The next important ultrasound scan will be at week 16: the Growth Scan. This will check the measurements of your baby and confirm the healthy development. If everything is normal at the growth scan, the risk of miscarriage drops under 1%.

You will be able to find out your baby’s gender starting with week 17, through a gender scan or a 3D scan. You can already start thinking about whether you want to know your baby’s sex or not, and make a decision for your next appointment. Finding out the baby’s sex is always optional during our ultrasound appointments.

Week 13 of Pregnancy

You’ll already start to feel more energetic at week 13 and you’ll be relieved to see that some early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and nausea will diminish. Many women also notice an increase in their libido around this time. Read on to see the developmental changes of your baby and how your body and lifestyle are changing at week 13 of pregnancy.

How your baby’s doing in week 13

About the size of a peach, you baby continues to grow and get ready for the outside world. She now has fingertips, which will develop in all their complexity in the following months. Her body length is increasing and tiny bones are forming in her legs and arms. The suckling muscles in her cheeks have already developed by now, and when she’ll feel movement through the tummy she will start rooting. This is very important for the instinct of searching for your nipple. By week 13, the ovaries or testes are fully formed inside the body.

Your body and lifestyle at week 13 of pregnancy

Around week 13 and week 14 you’ll likely see most of the uncomfortable symptoms of early pregnancy fade away. You’ll feel that you’re energy has returned and some women experience a greater sex drive. You may also notice an increase in vaginal discharge in the following weeks. This is not a reason to worry, as this is a harmless discharge with the role of preventing bacterial infections in your vagina.

Your risk of miscarriage is now much lower than in the first trimester of pregnancy. If you haven’t already announced your pregnancy to your friends and colleagues, now is the time to do it. Around weeks 13 to 15, a little bump should start showing and you will soon switch your wardrobe to more comfortable and stretchy maternity wear. It’s recommended to switch to bras with better support, as you’ll start to feel tenderness in your breasts due to hormones and the increased levels of blood flow to your breasts. There is a general increase in blood supply throughout your whole body in weeks 13 and 14 which is why most women notice a network of veins on their body around this time. This network however will fade away after you’ll give birth.

Ultrasound scans at week 13

The 13th week of pregnancy is the last week of the recommended period of time when you can take a Nuchal Translucency scan to check for Down syndrome and other pregnancy risks. During the NT scan, you will be able to see your baby on the screen in real time and get her measurements compared to the average measurements at this week of pregnancy.

12th Week of Pregnancy

In this last week of your first trimester of pregnancy, your baby will start moving around more, flexing muscles and kicking. It’s now time to switch to comfy maternity wear and discuss with your midwife about changes for the next trimester.

Your baby’s development

Most babies are about the size of a kiwi by at week 12, and a bump may become visible by the end of the first trimester. Your baby’s legs and arms are fully formed, and reflexes have appeared. You might not feel these moves, but your baby will feel when you press your tummy. She can already move her fingers and wiggle her toes. If you’ll have an ultrasound this week, you’ll see that the face looks much more like a human face, with the eyes close together and the ears in the right position.

How your days are changing

You may experience dizziness or the feeling of fainting during the 12th week, especially when standing up briskly. This is caused by the rise of progesterone levels in your body. The role of progesterone is to increase the blood flow to the baby, which means that the blood flow in your body may slightly decrease. Don’t skip your meals and make sure that your sugar levels are sufficient.

As you enter the second trimester of pregnancy, you may notice that several symptoms have waned, such as frequent urination or having excess saliva. Certain smells may become easier to detect. If you’re having problems with strong smells that make you feel nauseous, keep a citrus scent at hand, maybe on your scarf. Your appetite should increase over the next weeks, and you will need plenty of Vitamin C, Zinc, Calcium, Beta-carotene and omega oils for a healthy development. Find out the basic nutritional needs for your second trimester and the recommended food sources.

Ultrasounds in week 12

The Nuchal Translucency scan is ideally carried during the 12th week. This is the first ultrasound to check the baby’s measurements and it also assesses the risk of Down syndrome. Many pregnant women have the first ultrasound during this week, to check how the development is going and to confirm the due date calculations.

11th Week of Pregnancy

As you’re heading towards the 2nd trimester of pregnancy, your headaches and nausea should start disappearing. In the 11th week already you may feel more active and symptoms of tiredness should fade. You may also notice an increase in appetite, so you will put on more weight in the following months. Your baby is developing complex features and you already have a pretty face for the ultrasound pic on the fridge.

How your baby is developing

At just over one inch and a half in length, your baby can now kick and he or she can even stretch fingers and toes. The kicks will become more frequent over the next 6 months, as your baby grows stronger. By the 11th week, your baby has distinct features, with tooth buds, nail beds, hair follicles and ear flaps already present. Her sense of smell also began to develop and will become more complex until week 30. By then, everything you eat and inhale will be smelled by your baby as well.

In-between the 11th and 13th week of pregnancy, the Nuchal Translucency baby scan can be carried out. This is an ultrasound scan that checks for certain issues, including Down syndrome, and reports initial measurements of your baby. Talk to your OB/GYN doctor about a recommended time for you to have this scan.

How your days are changing

As your morning sickness starts to wane, you may feel hungrier than usually. Stick to a healthy plan with nutritious food and pick fruits and crackers as snacks instead of junk food. Food cravings will also diminish in the next month, so it will be easier to have a balanced diet, with small and various meals. Include plenty of carbs in you plan and get as much protein as possible from nuts and dried fruits. Despite having the need to pee frequently (you have the hCG hormone to blame for that), you need to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeine, as caffeinated drinks increase the frequency of urination. Constipation is also a common symptom due to pregnancy hormones, so it’s perfectly normal, but you can try diets that help alleviate this symptom.

You will have more energy in the following weeks, so this is the perfect time to plan a romantic trip with your partner. Most pregnant women feel at the peak of their energetic levels in the first part of the second trimester. Just make sure you’ll have everything you need for a safe travel.

The 10th Week of Pregnancy

Your baby is now just over an inch long and continues to grow fast. The foetal period begins, during which vital organs and systems will mature and develop complex functions. Fingernails and toenails begin to appear during the 10th or 11th week, and elbows and knees will soon start to form, although you won’t feel any kicking for another month or two. At the next scan you might be able to see your baby bending hands and kicking his or her legs. Look out for your little one’s hands on the monitor and maybe you’ll even spot the no longer webbed fingers.

Your baby’s spine, bones and cartilage are forming continuously, shaping a more and more human-like aspect. Teeth begin to form under your baby’s gums at this stage already, though they won’t come out until he or she will be six months old.

How your body changes

Your uterus has grown to about the size of a grapefruit during the 10th week, and your bump should also be visible by now. It’s time to shop for more comfortable, stretchy clothes or maternity wear. Save up money by adding elastic waist bands to your pants and skirts, an efficient method preferred by most expecting mums. You might be experiencing fatigue, dizziness and headaches. Make sure that you get plenty of rest while sticking to an exercise routine. Swimming, walking, and light stretching exercises are suitable for most pregnant women. Fresh air is a daily must. To reduce symptoms of dizziness, carry water and fruits or light snacks around you to keep hydrated and boost your blood-sugar when needed.

Pay special attention to what you’re eating and how much you’re eating. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens in your meals. During the 10th week you should be eating with about 300 calories more per day than before pregnancy. If your symptoms include constipation, fix it with fibre and fluids. Get your fibre from whole grain products and fresh and dried fruits. Choose raw vegetables over heavily cooked meals.

Pregnancy symptoms can be strong and influence your daily mood, while causing diverse symptoms. Focus on what you can do to relieve some of the symptoms, but you might have to just wait for others to go away. You’ll find many of these symptoms will reduce or disappear during the second trimester, which is getting closer.

The 9th Week of Pregnancy

As you’re advancing into the 3rd month of pregnancy, your baby keeps busy growing. The little one is now almost one inch long and is starting to get the baby-like look more and more each day. The eyes, nose and mouth are becoming more distinct, while tiny ear buds are appearing. Eyes will stay shut for another 5 months, but they have already developed. The essential organs have formed by now and they continue to develop and perfect their functions. Your placenta has more complex functions and has started to produce nutrients and to eliminate waste. You can’t feel anything by touching your belly just yet, but you might hear it. Around this time, your baby’s heart beat should be audible with a Doppler device, so make sure to ask for it at your next appointment.

How to take care of yourself at 9 weeks pregnant

It’s likely that your baby bump is barely visible, and yet all these highly-complex changes are going on through your body. At this stage of pregnancy, most women have symptoms of tiredness and morning sickness. Pregnancy hormones are kicking in, sometimes leading to headaches, backaches, mood swings and other symptoms.  It’s important to take really good care of yourself to diminish the negative symptoms and to make sure your body has enough activity and nutrients to keep you and your baby healthy and growing.

Set your appetite on fruits and vegetables. All day. Every day. There are no healthier and safer sources of vitamins and minerals than the natural ones – fruits and vegetables. If you are having morning sickness, your appetite could be decreased, so try to set up a meal schedule with small and regular snacks. Make it easier to adjust to your new lifestyle by seeking advice from a nutritionist or by informing yourself from the web. There are now quite a few useful apps that can help you follow a nutrition plan for the pregnancy months ahead of you.

Further preparations

Schedule an antenatal appointment with your doctor or midwife if you haven’t done so yet. This is mainly for taking routine tests, but you can also get more informed on your progress and get recommendations on eating, rest and exercise based on your medical history and condition. If you have not had a confirmation of pregnancy from your OB yet, do so by taking the first ultrasound scan, called the Early Pregnancy scan or Viability scan. Based on the early pregnancy scan, the sonographer will calculate your estimated due date and check whether you have a single pregnancy or a twin pregnancy.

After you have had confirmation of pregnancy from your doctor, you now have the certainty needed to make the official announcement to your friends, relatives, co-workers and your boss. You can show the first baby scan photos to your close ones and enjoy the wonderful experience ahead.

The 8th Week of Pregnancy

The baby bump may not be showing by the 8th week of pregnancy in most cases, yet a lot of changes are already going on with your body. Your breasts are becoming more sensitive and tender and you’ll probably need to change your bra to a bigger size by now for proper support. This is caused by the changes in hormonal levels and prepares your body for lactation. In most cases cups will grow by 2 sizes, so it’s practical to buy maternity support bra with two sizes bigger than your current one. You will notice that in this period the areolas around your nipples will begin to darken, also due to the change in hormones.

If you haven’t already followed a nutritional plan, start now. You will need plenty of vitamins and minerals to give your baby all the nutrients needed for a healthy development. Talk to your doctor or a specialist in nutrition about a recommended plan and any supplements you might need. Plan a custom exercise program as well. You will need to strengthen your muscle tone for carrying the weight to come in the next seven months.

Your baby, now at about the size of a raspberry, is growing fast. Although you cannot feel it yet, your baby has already started to move and shift its position. All of the organs have started developing and functioning, and muscles and nerves continue to form. Believe it or not, your baby’s lips begin to take shape around the 8th week of pregnancy, and in most cases fingers and toes are starting to appear. Your baby’s gonads begin to take shape into either ovaries or testicles, although it’s often impossible to see this on the scan that early into pregnancy. You can follow the progress of your growing baby through ultrasound scans now. Many parents find this experience to be magical, as you can actually see the miracle of life unfolding over the course of a few months.

There are genetic screening tests and other tests you can already take during this week. Discuss your family medical history with your doctor to see what tests are needed in your case. Many conditions, such as RH disease, are treatable during pregnancy, so take precautions to reduce all risks and have a safe pregnancy and birth.

The 7th Week of Pregnancy

You’ve reached the halfway mark of your first trimester. Congrats! This is an important mark for most women, as it’s the first time when they can actually see their baby on a scan. It’s also an extremely busy week for your body. Your baby develops extremely fast at this time, with an astonishing rate of 100 brain cells per minute and the heart evolving into a complex organ with dedicated functions. Each baby develops differently, but usually around this week tooth buds and tongue begin to form and arm buds sprout, along with further development of ears, nostrils and eyes. Your baby’s blood type also develops around this time.

For most women, breasts grow at a peak rate and pregnancy aches become overwhelming during the 7th week of pregnancy. This can partly be caused by pregnancy hormones, but discomfort and loss of energy are also due to the fast paced developmental changes in your body. Your taste in food has probably changed. If you’ve already developed aversions towards certain foods, replace them with healthy alternatives to replenish the necessary vitamins and minerals. Due to hormones, urination is much more frequent in the 7th week. Despite that, you and you baby need more fluids intake than ever. Avoid caffeine, it’s associated with some pregnancy risks and it’s a diuretic, which means you’ll pee more. If you’re feeling tired, that’s normal, too. Your system is working swiftly on producing the placenta and developing your baby. Eat as many as 7 small meals a day and exercise lightly to keep your energy levels up.

The good news is that, starting with the 7th week, you’re becoming more aware of your baby and you can already see what’s going on in your tummy with an early pregnancy scan. Seeing their baby for the first time is a wonderful experience for both parents. Your sonographer can check if everything is developing as planned and even calculate your EED (estimated due date). It is usually also possible to detect twin pregnancy during the 7th week.

This is a time of awakening for many women, preparing them psychologically for the journey. Seeing your baby for the first time on the screen and feeling your body change drastically makes you feel closer to your baby and motivates you to eat healthier and get the proper care. You are now much, much closer to becoming a mom.

The sixth week of pregnancy

By the sixth week of pregnancy, the changes that occurred in both the mother and the unborn child are now visible. The mother is now fully aware that a new human being is growing fast inside her. The future mum’s lifestyle is highly important at this point since the following weeks are a very critical point in fetal development. Therefore, it is more important than ever to stay healthy and avoid smoking, alcohol, medication as well as any other toxic habits that can interfere with your baby’s early development.

Your baby is growing fast, reaching now the size of a small bean. Since its head is oversized and appears bigger than the rest of its body, the basic elements of its face can be distinguished. Your baby’ has now little limb buds that are starting to lengthen into shoulders, arms, hands, and even the beginnings of fingers, which are linked by a tiny membrane. The same happens with the little leg buds which are lengthening into thigh, leg, and foot parts.

Your baby’s heart beats at about 100 to 130 beats per minute, almost twice as fast as an adult’s heart. This means that blood has already begun to move through the main vessels. At this point, intestines as well as rudimentary bronchial buds start developing. The neural tube along the baby’s back is now closed and the cerebral development of the baby is in progress.

Due to the development of joints and first muscle tissues, your baby may experience its first movements by the end of this week. It is however too early to feel these movements, but if you are willing to see your baby’s “aware activity” inside your womb, we advise you to have a baby scan done, perhaps a 4D ultrasound to have a clearer image of your child-to-be, at our London clinic where our highly qualified personnel is more than pleased to assist you.

The digestive and respiratory systems are also developing. Therefore, this period is crucial for the baby’s future evolution. But how do these changes affect you? Definitely, your body undergoes more than just physical changes, so it’s better to know what to expect next.

First of all, you will gradually gain weight but this should not be a reason to worry about because the extra weight you gain during pregnancy provides nourishment to your developing baby, being also stored for breastfeeding your baby after delivery. You may also experience morning sickness, muscle cramps, fatigue, abdominal and pelvic discomfort. These symptoms are frequently similar to the premenstrual syndrome. However, keep in mind that women are different and so are the symptoms!

Mood swings are very common during the sixth week of pregnancy. You may experience extreme mood swings and can feel sad one day and joyful on the other. These fluctuations are normal because the levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone in your body change dramatically, and these changes have a significant effect on your brain’s chemistry.

This is the time to schedule your first prenatal checkup to see if everything is all right. Be optimistic and avoid stress as much as possible, because this period is one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life!

The 5th Week of Pregnancy

Until now, we have talked about the importance of the first trimester of pregnancy and particularly, about the need of your unborn baby to stay in a warm, healthy and serene place, considering the fact that the baby’s vital organs are developing now. Therefore you, as a mum-to-be, have to make sure that your unborn child has everything it needs for a proper development. Technically, you have to follow now several basic rules: start eating a healthy well-balanced diet, live a healthier life, be more responsible and avoid stress. The risk of genetic abnormalities is increased during the first trimester of pregnancy, so pay attention to your lifestyle!

Your baby undergoes a rapid development during the 4th and 5th week of pregnancy: if, at the beginning of the 4th week of pregnancy, it was no bigger than a poppy seed, by the end of the 5th week, it easily reached the size of an orange seed (5 or 6mm). After conveniently settling in its new home, the embryo starts developing a rudimentary placenta while the yolk sac is being gradually replaced by the umbilical cord; both the placenta and the umbilical cord are in charge of delivering nourishment and oxygen to the baby.

Your tiny baby has already formed its head and small buds are signalling the “location” of the future limbs. The heart starts beating for the first time and the neural tube, which forms into the brain and spinal cord eventually, begins to form. This is also the time when the baby’s gender starts developing. However, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of your unborn baby’s gender by the end of the 16th week of pregnancy. Nevertheless, some ultrasounds will be able to pick out the baby’s major developments, such as the ears, mouth and nose. Therefore, you are more than welcome to make an appointment to our London clinic to actually see these changes and to have your pregnancy properly and constantly monitored by our highly qualified physicians.

Except for the early pregnancy signs you’ve experienced by now, your body is not showing yet any major changes so most people won’t be able to tell, by looking at you, that you’re 5 weeks pregnant. However, you should consider starting an exercise routine now. Exercises will help you develop good muscle tone, strength and endurance and why not, manage the extra weight you’ll put on. Choose a safe, moderately vigorous activity you like: yoga, walking and swimming are fine when you’re pregnant.

Also, if this is your first pregnancy, you should pay attention to the hormonal changes you’re undergoing, since they may lead to depression. Do not panic! This may not necessarily happen to you but it’s good to know and the sooner you’ll determine the root cause of depression, the better you’ll fight against it!

You may also notice significant changes in your breasts: they may be tender to touch, sore and even swollen. Spotting, especially at night, is also a sign of pregnancy, indicating that the embryo has successfully reached and implanted into the uterus. However, all mums talk about this period as the most beautiful period of pregnancy because now you’re actually feeling that you’re expecting.

Most parents-to-be chose to withhold this wonderful news until after the third month because the risk of miscarriage is pretty high during this period. Remember: this is your private news for as long as you choose! However, if you’ve decided to share this great news with your friends and family, choose an original manner to do so! We’ll come back later on with several ingenious ways to let the world know that a tiny you it’s on its way!!