14-Week Pregnant

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14-Week Pregnant

Post  mama_faiz on Thu May 28, 2009 11:49 am

You are now in your second trimester! Your baby's crown to rump length
is 3.2 to 4.5 inches long and he weighs approximately 1 ounce now. Your
baby is about the size of the average fist.

Now that you are into your second trimester, you may be
starting the best part of your pregnancy. You will probably start to
feel more energetic and you may get the `pregnancy glow`. Your uterus
is beginning to swell week by week and you can follow its progress by
locating the top of the uterus. The position of the top of the uterus
will continue to gradually move up your abdomen, from beneath the pubic
line to above your navel. Maternity clothes are probably necessary now.
You might also experience hemorrhoids, which are painful dilated blood
vessels around or inside the anus.

At this time, your baby's face is becoming more developed. The cheeks
and bridge of his nose appear and the ears move from the sides of his
neck to much higher on his head. The eyes continue to come closer
together. A big development from this week onward is the development of
lanugo. Lanugo is the fine hair that grows over almost your entire
baby. The hairs grow in whirled patterns that follow the grain of his
skin. These patterns later give way to your baby's fingerprints. The
lanugo will be shed before birth and replaced by thicker, coarser
hairs. Your baby's thyroid gland has matured and starts to produce
hormones. If your baby is a boy, the prostate will appear and the
ovaries descend from the abdomen into the pelvis in baby girls.

If you are having the Chorionic Villus sampling test (to check for Down's syndrome) it's done round about now.

The embryo`s soft cartilage is now being replaced with ` real` chalk bones.

Your baby has eyebrows, but no eyelashes. Fine, light hair also begins to grow.

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