By 14 weeks pregnant your baby may be contentedly sucking its thumb, squinting and frowning. Brain impulses will send messages to the baby’s facial muscles causing them to change expression and workout. The downy hair, or lanugo, continues to grow over the body to supply extra warmth.
Your baby is now the size of a small lemon, about 3.5 inches/9cm long and 1.5 ounces in weight. The pancreas and kidneys are continuing to develop and produce hormones and urine. The liver starts to secrete bile and the spleen helps in the production of red blood cells. Your little fighter is punching and kicking with tiny fists and feet.
Between weeks 14 and 18 your doctor should talk to you about the possibility of having an amniocentesis test which can detect such defects as spina bifida and Down’s syndrome in the foetus.
You may be one of the few unlucky mums-to-be still experiencing nausea at 14 weeks pregnant, but most of you will have happily left that phase behind.
You will continue to feel more energetic and your breasts will be less sensitive by now.
As your uterus grows your lower belly will be pushed out and your pregnancy more visible. Take some time to plan ahead for the birth and continue to look after yourself by taking time out for you and your baby.
You may notice the veins on your chest and breasts are dilated and more noticeable. The areolas of your breasts may be darkening and growing in diameter. Your body is preparing for breastfeeding.
What to expect at week 15 of your pregnancy...