Week 14 of Pregnancy: Welcome to the Mid trimester! This is an important milestone in your baby’s development, your growing baby is the size of a lemon and weighs about 45 grams and is about 9cm from head to toe.
This week, the baby’s hair is emerging, not only on the baby’s head and eyebrows, but also across the body, the thin fur covering around the baby is called Lanugo, which allows the baby to keep warm. When the baby starts to accumulate fat on the body, it can finally be used to keep the baby warm, and the fetal hair (fur) begins to fall off. In addition, the baby’s liver is starting to produce bile, while the spleen produces more red blood cells.
Changes in the body and life – Week 14 of Pregnancy
You may notice changes in mood and feel more like yourself. This means that your pregnancy vomiting and fatigue may finally disappear. During the three months of pregnancy, you will feel more spiritual and happier. Old pregnancy symptoms may have disappeared, but you may experience some new symptoms, including tingling and sore on one or both sides of the abdomen, which is called a round ligament pain. This is due to your growing uterus.
The uterus is supported by thick ligaments, which are attached to one side of the abdomen. As weight increases, these ligaments are involved and cause pain. When this happens, you should find a comfortable place to lie down and rest.
What should I be aware of – Week 14 of Pregnancy
You may be worried that you are sick and your immune system is weaker than normal when you are pregnant, which means you are more likely to have a cold or flu. It’s important to keep yourself away from bacteria, so be sure to wash your hands after using the toilet, preparing food, and after touching garbage or dirt. You should avoid sharing any food or drink with any sick person and put a bottle of hand soap in your bag, which is useful when exposed to dirt.
Periodic maternity inspection
If you have any sleep problems, you should tell your doctor. Insomnia is a problem for many pregnant women, often running toilets and uncomfortable sleeping postures can disrupt your sleep and make you feel tired during the day, which is very unhealthy for you and your baby. Discuss with your doctor to find out how to treat insomnia, having adequate sleep is important for pregnancy and health.
What check-ups should I do?
A few weeks ago, your doctor underwent an antenatal screening to detect chromosomal abnormalities. If your doctor says that you have a high risk of having a chromosomal abnormalities, you may have to undergo an Amniocentesis test, which is usually performed between 14 and 18 weeks. The examination will determine if your baby has any chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down Syndrome.
An amniotic sample is tested during amniotic puncture. To obtain this sample, the doctor inserts a very thin needle into your abdomen and stretches into your womb. The accuracy of this test is about 99% and the risk of leading to miscarriage is 1%, and you should discuss with your doctor all the risks and benefits of this test.
Health information during pregnancy
To protect the health and safety of you and your baby, you should know the following:
Weakening your immune system means that if you drink tap water, you can get sick, even if this has never happened before. For safety reasons, please order bottled water when dining in a restaurant or consider boiling water before drinking or cooking.
Soak in a Hot Bath
It’s great to soak in a hot bath, but you should make sure that the bathtub isn’t too hot, because soaking for more than 10 minutes can hurt you and your baby when the water temperature rises above 39°C. Here are some issues that may occur:
- Lowering blood pressure (hypotension)
- Dizziness and light headed with heavy feet
- Feeling weakness and fatigue
- Potential congenital defects
So think twice the next time you want to go to a steam bath, a hot tub, a sauna, or a hot shower.