Pregnancy Week 14
Mom's Changing Body
You've reached the second trimester! You can rest easier knowing that your risk of miscarriage drops substantially at the end of this week—75 percent of miscarriages occur in the first trimester. If you're feeling on the up-and-up, thank your hormones. As levels of HCG drop, and estrogen and progesterone shift again, you've entered the "feel-good" trimester—typically marked by an energy burst and appetite increase. Not quite there yet? Unfortunately, some women continue to experience queasiness throughout pregnancy. But if your morning sickness is letting up, you'll probably notice your appetite starting to grow.
Now that you're regaining energy; take the opportunity to fit in exercise. Light-to-moderate exercise, if your doctor approves, can actually help your growing baby (it boosts circulation so she gets oxygen more quickly), and it can even cut down on many of those annoying pregnancy side effects such as varicose veins, backaches, bloating, and swelling. For healthy, active women, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends aiming for 30 minutes of moderate exercise (that means taking a walk, not training for a triathlon) on most, if not all days of the week.
What Week 14 of Your Pregnancy Is Really Like
Pregnancy Confidential Podcast
The TMI Episode
At Week 14 you're well and truly in your second trimester—and with it comes a whole slew of changes to your body that you're probably starting to notice—from top to bottom. And no, we're not just talking about your belly. Yup, there's a whole lot more to pregnancy than just growing a baby bump, even for those seemingly blessed with a "perfect" bump on a "perfect" body. There's nary an inch of your body that goes untouched during these 9 months, not always for the worst (hello big boobs and lustrous hair!). And sometimes for the worst (thanks but no thanks acne, discharge and skin discoloration). In today's episode, we'll focus on the more TMI elements of your changing pregnant body, just so you know you're definitely not alone.
This Week's To-Do List
This Week's FAQs
Your Guide to Healthy Pregnancy Weight GainWhat to eat, how much to exercise, plus meal-planning tips for keeping your calories in check if you’re doctor advises you to pull back on how much weight you’re gaining while pregnant.
Linea Nigra: Everything You Need to KnowIt's totally normal to develop a dark line on your stomach, also known as linea nigra, during pregnancy. Here's what you need to know about this common condition.
How to Relieve Heartburn During PregnancyHeartburn often appears during the second trimester, and it can get worse as your belly grows. Learn more about what causes heartburn during pregnancy, with five expert tips for relieving the pain.