What does my baby look like in week 14?
Your baby has started swallowing tiny sips of amniotic fluid. This goes into their stomach, through their kidneys and comes back out as urine.
Your midwife might be able to hear your baby's heartbeat from 14 weeks. This is done with a hand-held fetal heart rate monitor (known as a hand-held doppler), which is placed on your tummy.
Remember only a trained health professional can monitor your baby's heartbeat. Home dopplers and apps that claim to monitor your baby's heartbeat are dangerous and misleading.
The safest way for you to monitor your baby's health is by keeping an eye or their movements.
Hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time can be a very special moment in a pregnancy and may make your baby feel more real for you. It’s likely you’ll get to have a listen at your 16 weeks midwife appointment.
Your pregnancy symptoms in week 14
Your relationship with your partner might change now, with the added stress of having a new person to look after in the near future.
It can also feel strange if you are constantly aware of your pregnancy but it doesn’t yet seem real to your partner. Some partners find that seeing their baby at the 18-week scan or hearing the heart beat in an antenatal appointment helps them to really believe in the baby.
It's good to talk to each other about your feelings. Here’s some useful information on relationships and pregnancy.
Many women feel relieved to be past week 12, as there’s now a much lower chance of miscarriage. You may feel much more positive and find that you start to enjoy your pregnancy more.
If this isn’t the case for you, and you are still feeling anxious and unhappy with no periods of happiness in between, read this guide to see whether you may be suffering from more than the normal level of emotional changes in pregnancy.
One in ten women have a mental health issue in pregnancy and it can be ignored as women and health professionals put it down to hormones, but if you think you might be suffering from anxiety or depression now is the time to get help, as this might worsen after the birth.
You may get sharp pains on both sides of your tummy, which get worse when you move. These are called 'round ligament pains' and are nothing to worry about. They are caused by all the stretching your womb is doing as it rapidly grows in size.
Don’t panic if you notice any yellow stains in your bra. This is probably a tiny bit of colostrum - the first milk mums produce - leaking from your nipples. Breasts can start producing milk as early as 14 weeks into pregnancy. You can use absorbent breast pads to prevent this from seeping through your clothes.
Your sex drive could increase
For some, sex drive increases during pregnancy because of the increased blood flow in your pelvic area. Hormones can also boost your sex drive. Having intercourse during pregnancy is safe right up to the very end.
Find out more about sex in pregnancy.
What to do in week 14
Struggling to quit?
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health. If you quit before the 15th week of pregnancy, the health risks for your baby go down.
“I was smoking about 15 to 20 a day during my first pregnancy. I gave up at 16 weeks and five days, when I first felt him kick and realised that there was actually a life inside me. I quit completely.”
Siobhan, mum of two
Find out more about the effects of smoking in pregnancy.
And use our smoking calculator to find out how much money you can save if you give up smoking.
Protect your baby from secondhand smoke
If a smoker in your household quits smoking, the benefits to you and your baby are huge, similar to when you stop yourself. The smoker may not be aware of how their smoking affects you and your baby. Encourage them to quit.
Am I allowed to take time off work to go to antenatal appointments?
All pregnant women are entitled to ‘reasonable’ paid time off work to attend antenatal appointments, including any relaxation or parentcraft classes. Travelling and waiting time are included too, so don’t worry about rushing about or if your appointment’s running late.
Find out how to have a successful and manageable working pregnancy.