14th week of pregnancy

14th week of pregnancy – pain in the lower abdomen, movements, belly and ultrasound

Only recently you may have learned that a new life is growing inside you and you are already in the 4th month of pregnancy and starting the second trimester. It's quite possible that unpleasant nausea is no longer a rule every morning, you don't have such a need to urinate, and you suddenly have a little more energy. Some women may already start to notice a peeking belly. Know that you may have gained some grams or kilos. The fetus has almost developed sexual organs and it is possible that you will find out the gender of the baby with a high probability. The fetus is very active in the abdomen, but you will not feel its movement creations yet.

Published: 14.11.2023
Updated: 14.12.2023

The internal organs of the baby are almost developed. The placenta fulfills its tasks, supplies the fetus with nutrients and oxygen, and thanks to this, the organism of the future mother "stabilizes" hormonally and rests from the strenuous activity of the first trimester. Some women may be surprised by atypical pain in the lower abdomen, which is caused by the stretching of the ligaments of the uterus due to its enlargement. Several symptoms of pregnancy may be on the wane, but others may appear - swelling of the legs, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, constipation or pregnancy cold. How does a woman feel in the 14th week of pregnancy? How does the fetus develop at the beginning of the second trimester?

The development of the baby in the 14th week of pregnancy - you can't feel the movements yet

While the head developed the fastest in the first trimester, the body is already growing faster in this phase of growth. Even the skin, through which vessels and arteries could be observed until now, thickens significantly. Fine hairs grow all over the body - lanugo. The child actively moves in the amniotic fluid. He twists, stretches, moves his arms and legs and even moves his head. You won't feel the baby's movements yet. Don't be fooled by bowel movements. The baby sucks his fingers - he practices the sucking reflex and by swallowing or inhaling the amniotic fluid, he trains swallowing and also breathing. The vocal cords are also developed. And with grimaces, the child trains the muscles on the face. Some research also states. That the fetus already perceives sounds from the external environment during this period.

The first hair follicles appear at the place of eyebrows, hair and eyelashes. Swallowing amniotic fluid stimulates the function of the kidneys, which convert it into urine and excrete it back into the amniotic fluid. However, the toxins and waste substances themselves are excreted by the placenta. Since almost all internal organs are developed, the risk of infection or other harmful effects on the development of the fetus decreases in the 14th week of pregnancy, and the chance of spontaneous abortion also decreases.

Progress is also recorded by the digestive system, which transforms the digested parts of the tissues into meconium, which later forms the basis of the first stool (so-called pitch) after childbirth. The spleen slowly starts producing red blood cells, the liver slowly produces bile, the bone marrow produces white blood cells, the thyroid gland produces hormones and the pancreas releases insulin. The internal genitalia are fully developed, and the external ones can already have obvious shapes. Nevertheless, it is not always possible to determine the gender with certainty on ultrasound. It is therefore advisable to wait for the next ultrasound.

14th week of pregnancy – fetus on ultrasound

Some compare the size of the fetus in the 14th week to a bigger lemon or a bigger tangerine. The CRL of the fetus in this week ranges from 81 to 95 mm. The total length of the body can be up to 12 cm. The weight ranges from 30 to 43 g. However, fetal measurements are relatively individual. Even the doctor takes into account a certain deviation when checking the fetus itself. On ultrasound, the baby can move intensively. The baby has a developed sense of touch, which is why he clenches his fists and puts his fingers in his mouth.

At the beginning of the second trimester, you should have already completed the necessary pregnancy and laboratory tests of blood, urine, large ultrasound, etc. From the first visit, you will have a pregnancy consultation every 4 to 6 weeks, unless the doctor determines otherwise. You will undergo regular check-ups, but also ultrasonographic examinations. This also depends on your doctor and the progress of the pregnancy. During this period, it is possible to make an appointment for a 3D or 4D ultrasound. It is also possible to carry out specific tests to detect abnormalities in the development of the fetus. This examination could have been carried out earlier, but it is also possible to carry it out between the 14th and 20th weeks. Based on the results, the doctor can recommend you to see a specialist.

14th week of pregnancy - gaining weight in the belly and symptoms receding

Second trimester redemption? For many women, yes. The fourth month is a turning point for some women in terms of the occurrence and intensity of symptoms. In the course of it, strong nausea subsides, the woman has a better mood, her appetite increases and a surge of energy arrives. If you were one of those women who experienced strong initial symptoms of pregnancy, this retreat can really be a gift for you. However, there are cases when nausea and other unpleasant symptoms persist during the second trimester and, in principle, during the entire pregnancy.

You will most likely notice an increase in weight. The body is already starting to build reserves around the abdomen and lower abdomen, and the pregnant belly can really become more visible. The uterus enlarges and the bulging of the abdomen may no longer be due to inflation. During the check-up with the doctor, a few kilos upwards can really be a reality. Gaining weight during pregnancy is very individual and also depends on body type or genetics. Little or significant weight gain during pregnancy does not have to be bad in any case.

In addition to the belly, the breasts can still grow, but they are already less sensitive. The areolas are visibly darker. Some women have a stuffy nose. It is customary to talk about the common cold of pregnancy. The immunity of women during pregnancy is significantly weakened and it is advisable to ensure a sufficient supply of vitamins from the diet or in the form of nutritional supplements. Your gums or teeth may also hurt more often.

Exercise in the 14th week of pregnancy

Uterine growth - pain in the lower abdomen and swelling of the legs

It is quite common for women to experience pain in the lower abdomen in the 14th week of pregnancy. However, it also applies to the following weeks. The uterus adapts to the size of the fetus and placenta. The fetus grows at a really fast pace. As a muscular organ, the uterus stretches, and when the ligaments are stretched, women may experience sharper pain in the abdomen, lower abdomen or hips. If the pain is not accompanied by other complications, there is no cause for concern.

Among the symptoms that can appear at the beginning of the 2nd trimester are swelling of the legs. The organism is waterlogged, and when sitting for a long time or after sleeping, it may seem that the legs or hands are significantly swollen. Movement, walks or aerobic exercises are therefore recommended. For example, try kegel exercises, also suitable for strengthening the area of the pelvic floor. Newer symptoms may include hemorrhoids or more frequent constipation or diarrhea.

14th week of pregnancy - experiences

Many women experience mixed feelings during the transition between the first and second trimester. Many women have found out that they are pregnant just a few weeks ago and suddenly feel that even the few symptoms they felt are gone. The fact is that the withdrawal of pregnancy symptoms is typical for the second trimester. Although this is not the rule and there are also cases when women feel intense or persistent nausea. Regular check-ups with a doctor who can determine how the fetus is thriving are important. Other pregnant women are troubled by the fact that the pregnancy is not visible on them. The problem is frequent comparison with other women during pregnancy. Every woman experiences pregnancy and childbirth differently. The pregnant belly can start to grow at the end of the 3rd month, but also in the 6th month. Again very specific.

The most frequent questions - FAQ

What pregnancy symptoms did you experience at the beginning of the second trimester? Did you notice a decrease in symptoms at the beginning of the second trimester? Have you already seen visible changes in your body? Did your belly grow already in the 14th week of pregnancy? Did you know the sex of the baby in the 14th week of pregnancy? Your experience can help women who are going through this period. If you are already a mother and remember what you experienced at the beginning of the second trimester, we would be happy for your opinions. If you are currently pregnant and want to share your pregnancy knowledge, join the discussion under the article. Every experience, advice, tip, insight or recommendation can be helpful for other women.

You are currently in the 4th month of pregnancy. At the same time, it is the first week of the 2nd trimester.

Similar to the previous week, many mothers are now eager to know the gender of their baby. The internal genitalia are already developed. On a high-quality ultrasound, it is possible to observe the direction of the genital tubercle, or external genitalia are already being created. An experienced gynecologist can thus determine whether it is a boy or a girl. Much also depends on the current position of the fetus, because it is still very small and can cover the genitals. It cannot be guaranteed that you will always know the sex of the baby at the 14th week of pregnancy.

During this period of pregnancy, a woman can still feel pain in the abdomen, or lower abdomen. The reason is the movements of the uterus, which stretches due to the growth of the fetus. At the moment when the muscle ligaments are stretched, a woman may feel a pulling or stabbing pain. In the same way, increased physical load can intensify the pain.

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