Thursday, July 20, 2017

14 Weeks Pregnant

I'm 14 weeks pregnant, and most of the morning sickness has gone away. I'm feeling back to normal but i have started getting really intense headaches and heartburn. My stomach is showing now and im not as hungry as i was in the first trimester.

If you could have a peek inside your uterus at this time you'll see your baby making all manner of funny facial expressions. With the brain now allowing for lots more deliberate movements, your baby is figuring out how to control the muscles in the face and is squinting, frowning and even pouting. No smiling yet though, that won't happen until around 4 or 5 weeks after the birth, and it's definitely worth noting in your baby journal!
Your baby's sex organs are becoming more obvious and the difference between boys and girls is much more apparent. Although it's still very early, and you probably won't have a chance to find out your baby's gender until your next scan at around 20 weeks, the chance of successfully determining the sex of a fetus increases from 46% at 11 weeks of pregnancy, to 90% at 14 weeks gestation.
Your baby has been swallowing amniotic fluid and urinating for the past couple of weeks, but now the intestines are producing meconium which will form your baby's first bowel movement. Unlike normal baby poops which are usually quite soft and range from bright yellow to dark brown in color, meconium is a green, sticky, tar-like substance that's very difficult to clean up off of those newborn baby butt cheeks!
The lanugo covering your baby's skin starts to get thicker now, and hair also starts to grow on the head and eyebrows. While some babies are born with a full head of hair, others are born almost bald. In some cases, even babies born with long and thick hair can become bald within the first few months after birth, and the new hair might be an entirely different color and texture to what it was before. It's not clear why some babies are hairier than others, but an old wives tale suggests that you'll experience heartburn if you're carrying a hairy baby!

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