When you reach the 14 weeks of pregnancy your little begins to grow rapidly. This week he grew up half an inch! And this is only the beginning of the big steps that will give your baby now.
- Your baby measures: 3.5-inch (8.89 cm)
- More or less of the size of: your closed fist, or the length of the tube of lip gloss that you have in your portfolio.
- Weight: 1.6 ounces (45 grams), which weighs a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar.
Little by little, your baby is taking greater control of their movements. They are now more subtle, rather than the spasms of a few weeks ago. Your little also begins to move fingers of hands and foot. And in addition to put the finger in the mouth, now your little can suck it, because the muscles in your mouth and the instinct of suction have been developed.
This week your baby also manages to control the muscles of the face, so it already can make you funny faces, faces of anger and smiles, although by now are more to impulses that emotions.
Your little hair begins to sprout in these days, both in his head and eyebrows. Also appears the lanugo, a layer of very fine hair covering his body to protect it and keep it warm. Usually the lanugo disappears before the baby is born, although you may have traces of it even after birth (you can see a photo of lanugo in would look like a newborn? )
It is surprising to see how your baby goes from being a small embryo to acquire the look that will be at birth. His arms have been stretched and finally have the correct ratio. His face has also evolved in recent weeks: his eyes are already in their final location at the front of the face and ears continue their ascent to the sides head. Your baby’s neck is now clearly visible, and even begins to notice his chin.
In his digestive system, his intestines begin to work. There the first deposition that the baby will have forms called meconium (usually this happens until after birth, said indexdotcom).
Your uterus is the size of a grapefruit – between 10 and 15 centimeters in diameter- and if you have been pregnant before, perhaps you can notice your belly (new mothers tend to take a little longer to show her pregnancy, at least in the abdominal part).
To support the new weight of your uterus, your muscles begin to stretch, which could result in minor pain in the lower part of your abdomen. They often feel like jerks or mild stinging and that’s normal, but if the pain is strong, you should call your doctor right away.
Although the first symptoms of pregnancy again in the second quarter, this stage also brings a series of unequivocal signs of pregnancy, such as changes in your skin. Patches on your face, cheeks, forehead, nose and around your mouth (known as pregnancy mask), and a line of dark brown color that goes through your belly (called black line) may arise. These changes are due to the pregnancy hormones, causing excess pigmentation. You might also notice acne, hair in unwanted places, and veins and most visible blood vessels (more information at: changes in the skin in pregnancy )).
If you have an appointment for prenatal care with your doctor likely to you speak of amniocentesis, a test in which a sample of amniotic fluid for analysis is extracted. Its objective is to diagnose or rule out birth defects such as Down syndrome and spina bifida, among others. Because it carries a slight risk, this test is not required and is only recommended in cases of high-risk pregnancy or if any previous test indicates that you are in danger of any of these conditions. Usually amniocentesis is performed between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, so you need a few weeks to think about whether to take it or not.