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A week by week guide to pregnancy: week 14

31 DECEMBER 2012

In December, St James's Palace made one of the most eagerly anticipated announcements in years with the news that the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant.

And since then, all eyes have been on Kate as she embarks on an incredible nine-month journey into motherhood.

With that in mind, Teresa Walsh, Midwife Childbirth Educator 
The Portland Hospital for Women & Children, shares a week-by-week guide to pregnancy with HELLO! Online.


What's happening to your baby? Week 14

Your baby is growing well and is now about the size of a clenched fist.

Your baby's intestines are already producing meconium which characteristically is their green and sticky first pooh.

Not only is his skin covered in a downy coating of hair called lanugo, but the hair of his head is forming as are his eyebrows. His eyes are also fully developed and his eyelids are fused.

Your baby's movements are many yet so graceful and delicate that you will not be aware of these.


What's happening to you? Week 14

As your baby grows your breasts will be less tingly and you will have noticed an increase in size. Most of the pregnancy sickness is all but gone and your appetite has returned to normal.

Now you can start concentrating on healthy eating. Use your hunger as a prompt but not as an excuse to eat for two! Foods with fibre and roughage should be accompanied by plenty of water and being well hydrated will help you feel energised.

Remember what you drink, your baby drinks too. Your baby's liver isn't even developed until the last month of pregnancy, so even a little bit of alcohol may be damaging.

Your partner will notice that your energy levels are improving and as your sleep pattern resumes to normal you will probably be able to stay awake until after dinner.

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