Baby development - 14 weeks gestation

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

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

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. He is already able to move, but the mother still won't feel it.

The nails are starting to grow on the fingers and toes and already have the fingerprints. You may already have some hair, eyebrows, as well as fine hair on your body (lanugo). The sexual 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 transports oxygen-rich food and blood to the baby, in addition to taking the baby's waste and oxygen-poor blood to the placenta.

This is usually the last week indicated to measure nuchal translucency. Through ultrasound, the doctor will perform a more detailed examination to detect signs of Down syndrome and other diseases. If the mother is over 35 years old or has a history of genetic diseases in the family, amniocentesis between the 15th and 18th weeks of pregnancy can be indicated.

Fetus size at 14 weeks of gestation

The size of the 14-week-old fetus is approximately 5 centimeters and weighs about 14 grams.

Changes in women at 14 weeks of pregnancy

The physical changes in the woman at 14 weeks are now much more noticeable, as she will have a more rounded silhouette and the belly can start to be noticed. Probably at this stage you will need a bra for pregnant women and large, comfortable panties.

You are likely to start feeling better and less nauseated. As the hormones stabilize, the mother may feel more relaxed, without so much emotional instability. It is a period where you are more relaxed as 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 the pregnancy requires. Swimming, outdoor walking, yoga, Pilates or maintaining the physical activity you practiced before you were pregnant are recommended, but in a light and moderate way, always accompanied by a qualified professional.

Your pregnancy by trimester

To make your life easier and you don't waste time looking, we've separated all the information you need for each trimester of pregnancy. What quarter are you in?

  • 1st Quarter (from the 1st to the 13th week)
  • 2nd Quarter (from the 14th to the 27th week)
  • 3rd Quarter (from the 28th to the 41st week)