How does the baby grow?
Significant growth in this week: now the baby can squint, frown, grimace, urinate, and suck their thumbs. Thanks to the brain pulse, the baby’s facial muscles can show a number of expressions. The kidneys are producing urine and releasing amniotic fluid around the baby – this process will continue until birth.
Other information: The baby is getting longer and longer. From head to toe, the baby is about 9cm long – about the size of an egg – and weighs about 43 grams. The baby’s body is growing faster than the head, which is now on a more pronounced neck. By the end of this week, the baby’s hands will grow to a length that is proportional to the rest of the body. (The baby’s legs still need to be longer to balance with the body). The baby begins to develop super-fine hair covering their bodies. In this week, the liver begins to produce bile, and the spleen begins to aid in the production of red blood cells. Although moms may not yet feel the tiny punches and kicks, the little hands and feet (now about more than 1cm long) of the baby are more flexible and dynamic.
Changes occurring in the mother’s body during the 14th week of pregnancy
Welcome to the second trimester! Moms’ energy may return; the breasts may be less painful, and moms may be less nauseous. If not, it is likely that the discomfort will soon disappear (although some unlucky women will still feel nauseous in the coming months).
Besides, now, the head of the uterus, which is on moms’ pubic bone, may push the abdomen slightly, showing moms and dads the evidence of the baby.