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14 weeks pregnant - all you need to know

Your growing baby is now around the size of a kiwi fruit, measuring about 85mm from the top of their head to the bottom.

14 weeks infographic.

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. Our midwife Kate explains why here.

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 partner

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.

Anxiety

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 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.

Stomach pains

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.

Find out what to do if you have a pain in your stomach area.

Leaking nipples?

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.

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.

Read our 7 tips for avoiding secondhand smoke.

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.

 

Sources

  1. NHS Choices. You and your baby at 13–16 weeks pregnant http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-13-14-15-16.aspx  (Page last reviewed: 28/02/2017 Next review due: 28/02/2020)
  2. NHS Smoke-free (accessed 25/06/2018) Secondhand smoke http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/secondhand-smoke
  3. Smoking in Pregnancy: Communication with Women Working Group (2015) Shared key messages
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Last reviewed on June 25th, 2018. Next review date June 25th, 2021.

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  • By Chane (not verified) on 12 Nov 2018 - 13:20

    Im 14weeks and having serious problems in my relationship. I’m worried that the every day stress will harm my baby. It’s constant arguing about sex and how worthless I am as a person, made to feel like I don’t care for him or love him then the next moment he will ask “so are you going to make love to me or not” right agter he says horrible things to me. I have reached the point where I will hit his arm as he doesn’t stop to agravate me. I’m getting worried this anger will do me and the baby harm. I don’t know what to do. I have no where else to go as I’m not from the UK. He knows I am vulnerable and uses it against me.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2018 - 11:36

    Hi Chane, You do not have to put up with this. Try to confide in a friend or family member to find a way to take control. Speak to a health professional or someone you can trust and believe in yourself as a woman who can say no when it is needed. This is a complicated situation and can't be resolved here on line but perhaps you have taken the first steps in acknowledging what is happening. Best wishes to you and your unborn baby. x

  • By Chinu (not verified) on 18 Oct 2018 - 17:45

    Hi
    I am 14 week and 2 days pregnant , having pain only my right side pelvic and left side hip pain from yesterday. I had very light blood spots day before yesterday twice but that time i had no pain. Is it normal or ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Oct 2018 - 16:11

    Spotting may be nothing to worry about, but we usually advise to be seen by a doctor or midwife for any bleeding in pregnancy, particularly after the first 12 weeks. Bleeding with pain is not normal and should be reviewed. Was your 12 weeks scan reassuring? Either please get back to us or go to see your own doctor. Best wishes

  • By Parineeta (not verified) on 12 Oct 2018 - 08:45

    15 weeks pregnant. Complete vaginal dryness. I was having same symptoms before preg also. But i have heard that pregnancy causes lot of white discharge. But i m so dry down there. No other complications

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Oct 2018 - 15:38

    Please don't worry, this is quite normal. The change in hormones is the cause and there are products on the market that you can use to make you more comfortable. Talk to your pharmacist about vaginal moisturisers which can be used every 2-3 days. The pharmacist will be able to inform you which are safe to use in pregnancy.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Sep 2018 - 19:32

    Hi.. I am 14 weeks pregnant with my first baby and not showing or feeling any movement yet.. Is that normal?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Sep 2018 - 12:52

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.
    It can be very normal at this stage in your pregnancy to not be feeling any movement at this time, every woman feels their babies at different times and this includes when your bump starts to show. As this is your first baby, your abdominal muscles are stronger then those of a woman who has been pregnant before so your bump may not start to show till a little later on. You can normally expect to start to feel your baby move from around 16 weeks so please feel reassured that what you are experiencing is very normal for this stage in your pregnancy. Hope this helps, Take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Shania (not verified) on 8 Aug 2018 - 06:07

    Hi,I'm 14weeks pregnancy with my first baby but there times I feel my stomach with full of gas and the fact I don't have any pregnancy symptoms is it normal? Is my baby safe inside I'm really worried

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Aug 2018 - 16:13

    Hi Shania, Thank you for your comment.
    It can be very normal for pregnancy symptoms to come and go and as you are now in the 2nd trimester, pregnancy symptoms can start to improve and you feel a little like your old self. Excessive gas or bloating can be normal in pregnancy as well. The pregnancy hormones can relax the gut and this may cause constipation or increase wind. Keep drinking plenty of water and eat foods which are high in fibre to reduce the constipation. If you are concerned then please contact your GP or midwife for further advice . Hope this helps, take care , Tommy's Midwives x

  • By suhani (not verified) on 7 Jul 2018 - 13:19

    hi there
    i m 14 weeks pregnant and thiz is my 3 rd. i had c sec with my second child but first time was born normally
    my dr says my placenta is totally low down there , which i cn feel quite uneasy and feel so heavy too.
    please tell me is it normal or something really risky?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jul 2018 - 15:57

    Hi Suhani,
    I am sorry that I can't really answer your question without more medical information. It can be possible for the placenta to be very low at this stage but I can't say whether this will cause a concern for your pregnancy. Please try to ask your doctor for more information.

  • By gina (not verified) on 19 Mar 2018 - 20:58

    I 'm 14 weeks and still vomiting, when will it end ? And my urine has this foul smell even thou I try to take enough fluid .

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 10:02

    Hi Gina,
    I am afraid it is difficult to say when your vomiting will stop as this is different for everyone, most commonly it occurs during the first trimester, however for some it can last all pregnancy or come and go. If your urine has a foul smell then it is worth seeing your HP to have it tested to ensure that you are not too dehydrated and to check to see if you have a urine infection. Continue to take regular sips of water and try to eating small amounts when you can.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwife.

  • By Bébé (not verified) on 16 Mar 2018 - 12:17

    Hello,I'm 14 weeks pregnancy, and I feel some kicks,at my lower left side of abdominal part .Is it normal? Or?Thank u

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Mar 2018 - 12:27

    Hi Bebe, It is probably too soon to be feeling kicks so it may be that what you are feeling is related to something else or it is possible that your dates are slightly incorrect. If it continues or if it is painful, please see your doctor for advice.

  • By Tessy (not verified) on 14 Mar 2018 - 12:01

    Hi, plz am 14weeks pregnant. i have bin having dis burning sensation and little pain under my left arm pit and around it which even extend to the back. my nipple in left breast is so discomforting. some times is hot. and d upper part of my left breast is paining me.
    Dis all started when i lost my first pregnancy at 9week in November. after 2week i started feeling this. i wnt to hospital so many times, i was told is bcz of pregnancy hormones. it all started again now since 10week of dis pregnancy.
    plz do you have and advice for me. am really worried.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Mar 2018 - 16:22

    Hi Tessy, I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing pain. I would advise discussing this with your GP if this is on going and to also check your breast for any lumps or changes. Pregnancy hormones can cause pains however it is important to rule out anything else that maybe going on. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives x

  • By Diana (not verified) on 11 Jan 2018 - 16:11

    Hi, i've been getting white flakes in my urine for the past 4 days. I realised that happens if i dont drink much. Cos when i drink enough, they disappear. Is that so? Been urinating frequently too.

    Also, earlier today i happen to wipe my vaginal area and found a light yellow thick mucus. Only once, it went away now. Can i know if this is ok?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Jan 2018 - 16:35

    Hi Diana
    It sounds as if you have a UTI (urinary tract infection) as well as thrush. Both need to be treated urgently with antibiotics as well as cream to treat the thrush. Ideally, you should go to your GP as soon as possible for review and treatment.
    If left untreated, both can cause issues that are easily so avoided, so please seek urgent review.

  • By Jane (not verified) on 9 Jan 2018 - 13:47

    I'm 14 weeks and I'm getting this yellowish discharge with a foul smell. I initially reported it to my doctor around 9 weeks but he said I should wait since it was quite early in the pregnancy to give medication. But now it has worsened and I feel itchy with lots of yellowish discharge. I'm afraid it might affect my baby's development though the doctor said I shouldn't worry.
    Can I get a prescription to cure this and may be safe for my baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2018 - 11:51

    Hi Jane
    It sounds as if you are suffering from thrush, but since there is also a foul smell and yellow colour, you may have some sort of infection too. These will require antibiotic treatment and a cream urgently, you can get these from your GP/sexual health clinic. It is vitally important that you get this treated asap as if left untreated, it may risk the health of the pregnancy.Please see the link below for more info -
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/thrush-in-men-and-women/
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Oct 2017 - 06:35

    Hi been subscribed amoxicillin for uti is it ok to still take the pre natal vitamins or should I wait to finish the course?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Oct 2017 - 14:51

    Hi There is no reason why you should not take multivitamins in your pregnancy but you should finish the course of antibiotics once you start taking them. I hope the UTI clears up soon.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Jul 2017 - 00:17

    hi,im 14 weeks now.depression really attack me so bad.i cant still feel the joy of my pregnancy.this is my third.anyone can help me ease my depression.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jul 2017 - 14:52

    Hi
    Really sorry that you are feeling so low. Have you got any support where you are living? We have some tips to help you relax in pregnancy and help you cope with mild depression but if you think this is more serious please visit your GP for advice. https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/mental-wellbeing/ten-tips-relax-pregnancy

  • By Sherry (not verified) on 4 Aug 2017 - 15:54

    Depression killed me when I had my first child but I found out if I did yoga or ti-chi every time I was geting in that depression mood it helps release and releave your stress and mood now that I've had 3 children and another on the way I find I don't have time to think about things like depression any more I have kids to think about and make their future brighter and better

  • By Cherry (not verified) on 7 Jul 2017 - 16:40

    Hi im 14 week's pregnant and my outer part of vagina or at the pubic part is feeling numb like it's gonna fell or something.. It's not that really painful but it just irritable.. Is it normal?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Jul 2017 - 16:43

    Hi, it does not necessarily sound like anything to worry about however for some women they can get pelvic pain from early on in pregnancy. If the discomfort continues or you have symptoms of a urine infection or any bleeding then do contact your maternity unit. If not just mention it to your midwife at your next appointment. Tommy's midwives.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 May 2017 - 17:42

    I'm 13weeks 4days today and still yet there is not improvement in my spitting of saliva, please help, what should I do

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 May 2017 - 11:11

    Ptyalism /hypersalivation is a common problem in early pregnancy but often resolves or improves around 14 weeks. Ensure that you clean your teeth regularly and use mouth wash. Also try to eat frequent small well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water by carrying a bottle to take frequent sips. Some people also suggest chewing gum or sucking boiled sweets as this can help you to swallow the excess saliva. Hope this helps and that it improves over the next few weeks. Best wishes x

  • By Mabel (not verified) on 6 Jun 2017 - 12:04

    Am aslo going through this...ve been chewing gum nd DAT help me a lot to reduce d saliva..not easy

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Jun 2017 - 12:30

    Hi Mabel. I am glad to hear that chewing gum helps you a lot. Look after yourself!

  • By Lolo (not verified) on 24 Mar 2017 - 06:02

    Im 14 weeks En 3 days I feel terrible pain in my stomuch when I work .sitdown I sleep what can I do I'm tied with this pains

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Mar 2017 - 09:10

    Hi Lolo
    Abdominal pain in pregnancy, at any gestation, needs to be reviewed as soon as possible by a midwife and obstetric doctor. Please ensure that you take yourself in to be reviewed, so that you can put your mind at ease or have a plan of care in place if they are concerned about the pain. Look after yourself.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Mar 2017 - 13:20

    Hi I'm 14 weeks today I've been having really intense burning in my vagina I've gone to the docters and I've been checked and treated for a uti and the results are negative my docter seems to think it my uterus growing causing me pain and being to close to my bladder has anyone else gone through this ? If so when did u get relief ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 23 Mar 2017 - 11:26

    Hi. The symptoms you describe would usually be linked to a UTI and antibiotics would in most cases help to resolve the pain. If you are not getting any relief yet I would suggest that you see your GP again or you could call us on 0800 0147 800. There is a midwife here 9-5pm Monday to Friday to answer your queries and give advice. Best wishes

  • By akeisha renaud (not verified) on 3 Jan 2018 - 19:09

    I am 14 weeks pregnant I am vomiting alot an getting planty belly pain I been in an out in hospital I don't no what to do

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jan 2018 - 14:30

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.
    If you are still vomiting and unable to keep fluids down then you need to be seen at the hospital. As you are still experiencing abdominal pain then again you need to be assessed. It can be difficult in early pregnancy when you are feeling sick all the time but it is also important to look after yourself so keep drinking plenty of fluids and try and eat little and often as you can. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Rosegoldnn (not verified) on 27 Apr 2017 - 15:31

    I'm going through this I'm 13weeks today I can't stop peeing I don't think it's a UTI it just feel like pressure on my bladder I was super scared at first

  • By Ally (not verified) on 8 Aug 2017 - 08:15

    Yes I have this and I am currently 14 weeks , on my 4th and have had it with them all , I think it's just the pressure of your growing baby on your bladder , rest up and drink plenty just in case love

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Mar 2017 - 14:01

    Hi, thanks for your post. I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing so much pain. Women do report breast pain and often choose to use hot or cold compresses as you are limited in what you can do/ take pain relief wise. Have you examined your breasts to see if there are any localised lumps or red area?
    You mentioned a sports bra but|I wonder as your breasts are growing whether it would be good to invest in a soft, supportive maternity bra and see if this makes any difference? Many women report that this type of pain resolves in the second trimester.
    Please let us know how you get on
    Tommy's Midwives

  • By anonymous (not verified) on 27 Feb 2017 - 22:37

    My breast are very painful am 14 weeks now. I now why its happening but does anyone have any suggestions on how to ease the pain? I have tried hot and cold cloths also wore sports bra but nothing has worked so far.

  • By Sanya (not verified) on 20 Feb 2017 - 16:08

    I have this pricking sensations from time to time in my vagina area, I am 14 weeks now and 1st time. I don't have any bleeding. Pls help. Is it normal to have such sensations happening.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Feb 2017 - 16:17

    Hello and congratulations on your pregnancy!
    It is quite normal to feel unusual sensations in your pelvic and pubic area during pregnancy. However if you are finding the sensation painful or it is becoming more severe please visit your GP for advice soon.

  • By Tess (not verified) on 18 Feb 2017 - 20:32

    I am 14 weeks and this is my 3 rd I can feel gentle movements. I have also been very sick with a cold I have been on antibiotics but they didn't work. I also took Robittussin but it made me sick, and I stopped taking it. Now, I have a lot of congestion in my nose, ears, chest, I can't smell or taste and I have a bad headache from coughing so long and it's not going away. Please help

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Feb 2017 - 09:30

    Congratulations on your pregnancy - I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well and struggling with what sounds like a bad cold.
    Please visit your GP/DR for a check up and advice regarding how you are feeling.
    Best of Luck and hope you get better soon.

  • By Charu (not verified) on 16 Feb 2017 - 22:05

    Hi,I m 14 weeks pregnant, this is my 2 pregnancy,,,my first boy baby is 17 months old,, taking breastfeeding,,,my blood pressure is low Nd feeling tired Nd panic headache,,,what can I do for increasing our blood pressure normal,plzzz give me some advise...

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Feb 2017 - 11:11

    Hi,
    We would not necessarily advise ways to increase blood pressure however keeping hydrated is really important especially that you are breastfeeding whilst you are pregnant, try to be drinking at least 1.8 litres of water each day if you can. It is also important to check your iron levels, this will have been checked when you had bloods taken at your booking appointment so check with your midwife that these are high enough or else you may need some iron supplements. Also try to eat little and often throughout the day to avoid any highs and lows with your sugar levels. I hope this helps, if you continue to feel light headed and dizzy after trying these things then see your midwife again for a review. Take care, Tommy's midwives

  • By annie (not verified) on 15 Feb 2017 - 08:29

    I m a nursing mom of 8mnths old baby girl but now I gt to knw that I m pregnant with 13w 4d I didn't get Any symtoms of pregnancy only I was worried abt my tummy size was increasing accept this no symptoms were shown till now so my question is should I continue nursing my Lil one or should I stop....

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