Your pregnancy week-by-week: week fourteen

It’s the start of second trimester. Your baby is now about 8.7cm and weighs around 43g – about the size of a lemon!

Your baby

The placenta now supplies essential nutrients and oxygen to your baby.

All your baby’s movements are less jerky and the fingers, wrists, legs, knees and toes are constantly being bent and flexed as your baby punches and kicks. Her body and limbs are now growing faster than her head.

Fine hair, called lanugo, is starting to appear on your baby’s head and body. Lanugo helps to keep the baby warm until she gets more body fat. Normally this hair disappears in the weeks before birth but you may see traces of it when she’s born – don’t worry it will fall out fairly quickly.

You

You may get round ligament pains around now, which are caused by your womb stretching to accommodate baby rapidly growing. They feel like sharp pains around one or both sides of your tummy, and you may notice it when you are moving. Put your feet up in a comfortable position – this should give you some relief.

You don’t need to tell your employer until the 15th week before the week the baby is due but you might want to, especially if you have a high-risk pregnancy or stressful job. You are entitled to paid time off work to attend antenatal appointments including parentcraft classes plus travelling time too.

Have you decided on possible baby names yet? You might have some ideas but if you need inspiration, look online or in shops for books dedicated to the subject.

If you haven’t stopped smoking yet, try your best to quit now. Stopping before the 15th week of pregnancy means a lower health risk to your baby.

Your partner

The pregnancy might not seem real to you so far because all the changes are happening to your partner and you can’t see an awful lot on the outside. Hopefully seeing your baby on the scan or attending an antenatal appointment to hear the heartbeat will help.

You might want to now share the news that your partner is pregnant with your employer, and therefore put plans in place to take leave around the birth. Find out more here: www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/pregnancy-birth

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