Welcome to the second trimester of ! This week is often called as the honeymoon phase due to the respite from all the exhausting symptoms that have been keeping the to-be mom and dad up through the night. Now that the older symptoms have gone away, what’s happening in this week of pregnancy? Let’s find out.
As your baby grows, backaches and steady weight gain will start to become a common phenomenon. The mom will start gaining weight during this period, in order to support her body as well as the baby. Don’t worry too much about it as this weight is likely to shed on its own once the baby is born.
The constant urge to pee has diminished too. Your body is retaining more fluids than usual, as a result of which you will notice mild bloating, and swollen ankles and feet. However, if you notice swelling in your hands and face, contact your obstetrician immediately.
As your belly and breasts continue to expand, your skin starts to stretch too, resulting in itchiness in these regions. If you’ve already been suffering from dry skin, the dryness may get aggravated during this period.
Many women also experience round ligament pain during this time. Basically, you’re likely to experience sharp pains on either one or both sides of the abdomen. This is caused by the stretching of ligaments which support the growing uterus.
Now that your morning sickness has vanished completely, you’ll find your appetite at an all-time high. Your fingernails are growing at a faster rate too, but they’re also more brittle now. This will come back to normal a few months after delivery.
One of the most amazing during week 14 is the proverbial pregnancy glow. Your skin looks radiant and your hair is shiny and soft.
The baby is pretty much the size of your clenched fist in week 14 i.e. it measures about 3 ½ inches in length and weighs about 42 grams!
In this week, since the brain impulses are active, your baby is working its facial muscles through various expressions, which means it can now frown, squint, grimace and even suck its thumb!
The baby is on the move all the time inside your belly. It has fully stretched out from its foetal position and is pretty much standing up straight now. Its movements now have shifted from the swift jerky ones of last week to the graceful languid motions like that of a ballerina.
In week 14 of pregnancy, tiny hair called Lanugo start sprouting all over the baby’s body.
With all this energy and relaxed time? Take a break and go for a trip with your partner! This is also a great time to take up a new hobby, one that you’ve been wanting to try for a while, but never got the chance!
Your doctor will advise you to steadily gain weight each week, to help you cope with the growing baby. Ideally, you should be gaining up to a kilo each week. On the nutrition front, you should aim to consume at least 300 extra calories. Make sure you get these calories from healthy wholesome meals that include fresh fruits, green veggies, bell peppers, avocados, chicken, dry fruits and the likes. Cut out junk foods completely, except for the occasional treat.
In case of backaches and round ligament pains, do some simple stretching exercises to release the tension, get a massage, and try sleeping on your side with a pillow tucked between your knees.
For your swollen ankles, mostly avoid moving about too much. If and when you do, wear soft, comfortable shoes. Do not sit or stand for too long at a time.
To reduce dryness, redness and itchiness, avoid very hot showers, use a mild soap and moisturise with a mild body lotion. In case of extreme itchiness, consult your obstetrician immediately.
Sign up for prenatal exercises or yoga classes for pregnant mothers. This will not only keep you active and healthy, but also give you a chance to interact with other moms.
Make sure the mom-to-be is getting ample rest, nutrition and exercise. Accompany her in these lifestyle changes by inculcating healthy habits for yourself too.
Unless the doctor says otherwise, this is a completely safe time to have sex. So, go ahead and enjoy some much-needed intimacy with her!
The mother is very relaxed now, so feel free to take her out for a date, a spa session or a mini-vacation!
Get plenty of rest, follow healthy habits and avoid any kind of stress. More importantly, get some quality one on one time with your partner while the energy levels are still high! Have a good time!