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Week 14

Hopefully you are starting to feel less tired and sick now. As your energy levels return, your appetite might too.

Remember, your baby does not need any extra calories at this point. Too much weight gain in pregnancy is not good for you or your baby.

If you get hungry between meals try sticking to healthy snacks.

What's happening in my body?

The placenta is full of blood, and pumps out nutrients, oxygen and hormones, while removing waste products such as carbon dioxide. The placenta is firmly attached to your womb and links up with your baby through the umbilical cord.

Your blood and the baby's blood come into close contact in the placenta, but they do not mix. That's because you might be different blood groups, and mixing them up could be dangerous.


You may notice some yellow stains in your bra – this is probably colostrum, which is the first milk you will produce.

Ask the doctor or midwife to have a look if you're worried about any changes.

Remember to talk

Relationships can come under strain when you're pregnant, due to all kinds of worries. Talk about your feelings and speak to your doctor or midwife if you feel like you're not coping.

Tommy's has advice on relationship problems and pregnancy.

How should I sleep in pregnancy?

In the early days of pregnancy it's fine to sleep on your stomach. Your bump will not start showing until the 2nd trimester and sleeping on your stomach is unlikely to be uncomfortable. However, in your 3rd trimester (after 28 weeks of pregnancy), it's safest to go to sleep on your side as this helps reduce the risk of stillbirth. This advice applies when you are:

  • going to sleep at night
  • getting back to sleep, after waking up at night
  • having a daytime nap

Don't worry if you wake up on your back, just turn onto your side and go back to sleep. Read about sleep positions in pregnancy on the Tommy's website.

2nd trimester pregnancy symptoms (at 14 weeks)

You may still be experiencing pregnancy symptoms including:

You may also experience symptoms from earlier weeks, such as:

Read Tommy's guide to common pregnancy symptoms.

What does my baby look like?

Your baby, or foetus, is around 8.5cm long from head to bottom, which is about the size of a kiwi fruit. The head is getting rounder and more in proportion with the rest of the body.

Your baby is kicking around, but you probably won't feel it yet. However, your midwife might be able to hear the heartbeat, using a handheld monitor placed on your tummy.

Inside you, your baby is doing something quite miraculous – having a wee!

Small amounts of the amniotic fluid are swallowed by the baby and pass into the stomach. The kidneys then kick in and the fluid is passed back out again as urine.

Composite. One side shows a foetus attached to the placenta by the umbilical cord. The foetus is recognisable as a baby. Other side shows a person holding a kiwi fruit in one hand.
Your baby is about the size of a kiwi fruit

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Think about telling your work

Many women will tell their employer after they've had their first pregnancy scan at around 12 weeks.

Once you tell your employer, you have maternity rights and can attend antenatal appointments during paid work time.

You can also ask for a risk assessment of your workplace to ensure that you're working in a safe environment.

Start doing pelvic floor exercises

It's a good time to tone up your pelvic floor muscles. Gentle exercises can help to prevent leakage when you laugh, sneeze or cough.

Get the muscles going by pretending that you're having a pee and then stopping midflow.

Visit Tommy's for more information on pelvic floor exercises.

Antenatal classes

Ask your midwife or doctor about online antenatal classes – they may be able to recommend one. The charity Tommy's has lots of useful information on antenatal classes and preparing you for birth.

Even if you've had children before, antenatal classes are still worth going to as you can meet other parents-to-be. The NCT offers online antenatal classes with small groups of people that live locally to you.

Smoking, drinking and caffeine in pregnancy

Do your best to stop smoking and give up alcohol, and go easy on the tea, coffee and anything else with caffeine.

Ask your midwife or GP for support.

Vitamins in pregnancy

To keep bones and muscles healthy, we need vitamin D.

From late March/early April to the end of September, most people make enough vitamin D from sunlight on their skin. However, between October and early March, you should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement because we cannot make enough from sunlight.

Some people should take a vitamin D supplement all year round, find out if this applies to you on the NHS website.

You just need 10 micrograms (it's the same for grown-ups and kids). Check if you're entitled to free vitamins.

Exercising in pregnancy

It's recommended that you do 150 minutes of exercise a week while pregnant.

You could start off with just 10 minutes of daily exercise – perhaps take a brisk walk outside. Check out Sport England's #StayInWorkOut online exercises (scroll to the pregnancy section).

Listen to your body and do what feels right for you.

Healthy eating

There's no need to eat for 2. You just need to eat a healthy balanced diet, with a variety of different foods every day, including plenty of fruit and veg. Have a look at our guide to healthy eating in pregnancy.

You may be able to get free milk, fruit and veg through the Healthy Start scheme.

More in week-by-week

Week 15

You might feel fine now, but as you get bigger, you will be more unstable on your feet, and falling over could be stressful and even dangerous.

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