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14 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

The baby's development at 14 weeks of gestation, which is about 4 months of pregnancy, marks the appearance of the black line in the belly of some women and the growth of hair in the fetus. The face is completely formed and he can even pucker his lips, turn his head, grimace and wrinkle his forehead, but without much control over these movements.

This week the body grows faster than the head and is covered by a thin layer of transparent skin through which the blood vessels and bones can be seen.

Fetal development at 14 weeks of pregnancy

At 14 weeks, the fetus is fully formed, but needs to grow and develop all organs and systems. Is already able to move, but the mother won't feel it at this stage.

The nails are beginning to grow on the fingers and toes and the baby already has fingerprints. The baby may already have some hair, eyebrows, as well as fine hairs on the body (lanugo). The sex organs are in development and doctors may be able to tell if it is a boy or girl through ultrasound.

As for the baby's developmental support system, the placenta is developing rapidly, ensuring the ideal amount of blood vessels to provide all the food the baby needs. The umbilical cord is already developed and carries oxygen-rich food and blood to the baby, in addition to carrying waste and poor blood in oxygen from the baby to the placenta.

Usually this is the last week to measure nuchal translucency. Through the ultrasound, the doctor will perform a more detailed test to detect signs of Down Syndrome and other diseases. If the mother is older than 35 or has a history of genetic diseases in the family, amniocentesis between the 15 th and 18 th weeks of pregnancy may be indicated.

Size of a 14 week old fetus

The size of the fetus at 14 weeks is approximately 5 cm and weighs about 14 grams.

14 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development
14 Weeks of pregnancy: fetal development

Changes to the mother's body at 14 weeks

The physical changes in the mother at 14 weeks of gestation are now much more defined, as she will have a rounder silhouette and the belly may begin to be noticed. Probably at this stage you will need a bra for pregnant women and large, comfortable panties.

You may start to feel better and less nauseous. As the hormones stabilize, the mother may feel calmer without so much emotional instability. It is a period where you are more relaxed because the risk of miscarriage is greatly reduced.

Regular physical activity is encouraged so that the mother has more strength and energy to support the additional work that pregnancy requires. They are indicated to swim, outdoor walks, yoga, Pilates or to maintain the physical activity that already practiced before being pregnant, but in a light and moderate form, always accompanied by a qualified professional.

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