14 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 14 weeks pregnant, this week is all about your bump starting to show, choosing the right antenatal class, sex in your second trimester and zapping those pesky zits!

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Your baby’s bobbing around a lot right now but, as there’s currently loads of wombspace to bob about in, you probably can’t feel anything just yet. On the development front, it’s all about vocal cords – getting ‘em primed for exercise aplenty in the days after birth…

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And here’s a 3D scan of a 14 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

Well, you might be starting to notice a bit of a bump. Your uterus is starting to rise above the level of your pelvis and rounding and thickening out a bit.

Most of us start to ‘show’ at some point between 12 and 16 weeks; how much and how quickly depends on all sorts of stuff, including your pre-pregnancy shape, whether you’ve had a child before, and whether you’re having twins (don’t panic!) Oh, and the way your uterus tilts (yes, really).

Basically, everyone is different on the bump-showing front, so don’t waste a moment worrying about the size of yours. You’ve enough to do finding a pair of jeans that will still do up… 

Our MFMer’s 14-week bump of the week

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Is yours starting to show? Check out other MFMers’ bumps in our 14 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of… a large scone

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This week, your baby measures 8.7cm – the same as a fruit scone, yum!

And is around the weight of a… slice of bread

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Your baby now weighs around 1oz (28g)!

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMer’s tip of the week from our forum

“Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything about your blood tests. My midwife told me that, if nothing’s wrong in the bloods, it just goes in to your notes. She said I’d only get a letter if there was something abnormal” – Hastiek

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you? There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Is it normal… to be getting spots?

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Now this is wacky. Those troublesome spots that reared their ugly heads during teenagerdom – well, they might be back. Pimples, zits and acne – all can return during pregnancy, thanks to, yep, those baby-growing hormones. And eruptions aren’t limited to your face – you may find you develop a pimply back, neck, breasts and even your bum. Lovely!

Our preg recipe for week 14 – Carrot and orange soup

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Why eating carrots is good for your growing baby

The carrot’s bright orange colour comes from beta-carotene, a pigment that your body converts into vitamin A – which is a critical nutrient for the development of your baby’s eyes, skin, bones and organs. (Go steady on other, animal-derived sources of vitamin A – such as liver – though, as they can be harmful in large quantities.)

Carrots are also packed with fibre – good if your bowels are now on a pregnancy go-slow.

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think about these popular American names?

Now you’re past the 12-week mark, you may well be feeling more comfortable thinking about baby names. What do think of these?

Ava
Ava is a hugely popular name in the States. It might be from avis, the latin for bird, or from the Hebrew word Chava that means life. Either way, Ava is a nice alternative to Eve.
Celeb baby-name-check: Reese Witherspoon’s 1st daughter is named Ava.

Mason
In the Middle Ages, Mason was a surname given to men who worked with stone. Now, it’s a popular unisex name – particularly in America.
Celeb baby-name-check: Kourtney Kardashian’s 1st son is named Mason.

You can find more inspiration in our Baby Names section. 

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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