What is Happening Inside Your Body?
Congratulations! You are now in your second trimester! Many people call this the honeymoon trimester because it is likely to be the easiest, most comfortable phase of your pregnancy.
Your nausea is likely to be continuing to wane or even be a thing of the past. (A few unlucky ones may continue to experience nausea.) You are probably beginning to feel more energetic than you have been.
Your body is beginning to expand much more now. You are likely to begin needing maternity clothes. This varies from woman to woman. If this is not your first pregnancy, you are likely to be bigger and show earlier.
You may find that you are having heartburn or feeling constipated. The increase of hormones in the body causes your muscles to relax, including those in your digestive tract. This means that food stays in your stomach for a longer period of time.
About half of pregnant women experience heartburn, and at least half experience constipation during their pregnancy.
You may begin to experience an increase in vaginal discharge. This is normal and is your body’s way of trying to prevent infection. Vaginal discharge should be thin and white and mild smelling.
How Big is Your Baby?
Your baby is about 3 ½ – 4 inches long. It has been 12 weeks since conception.
What Does a Fetus Look Like at 14 Weeks?
Videos are showing fetus at 12 weeks since conception which is your Week 14.
Many want to know what does a human fetus look like at 14 weeks. Click here to view Video
By 12 weeks since conception, upper limb length has nearly reached its final proportion to body size. Click here to see video.
How is Your Baby Developing?
The external genitalia are continuing to develop. The internal organs are becoming well-developed.
The first thin, transparent layer of skin is forming as are hair patterns.
Though you may not feel your baby’s movements yet, it is becoming more sensitive to touch and stimulus. If prodded through the abdomen, your baby is likely to squirm. Your baby is bending, flexing, and twisting its arms and legs, fingers and toes and becoming more aware of its surrounding space.
Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
Now is a good time to look into childbirth classes for yourself and your partner. Check out some different classes and get signed up. Also, you may want to start looking into pediatricians. Ask your friends, family or health care practitioner for recommendations.
As your uterus expands to accommodate your growing baby, the muscles and joints in your pelvis are stretching. These changes will make it easier to give birth to your baby. As these changes occur, your spine will start to take on a different curve, which can cause low back pain.
Make sure you are getting exercise. Swimming and walking are excellent exercises that can help keep your body looser and more comfortable as your spine adjusts. Simple techniques such as those in the book Pregnancy Pain Relief can also help ease discomforts.