The reproductive system starts to develop
Week 14: Your baby's thyroid gland is now producing hormones
While many areas of your baby's body are becoming further refined during the 14th week of pregnancy, much of the development this week focuses on your baby's small reproductive system:
- When you're 14 weeks pregnant, your baby is probably about the length of your clenched fist.
- ïIn boys, the prostate gland is forming. In girls, ovaries are moving into the pelvis from the abdominal area.
- Your baby's thyroid gland now is working and making hormones.
- By your 14th week of pregnancy, your baby's palate, or the roof of his mouth, has completely formed.
- Your baby already might be, or soon will begin, growing body hair, called lanugo, which will temporarily keep your baby warm until his baby fat accumulates.
- His head will grow to four times its current size and increase 60 times in volume by the time of his birth.
Your Week 14 nutrition and health
Make eating healthy and convenient
The more convenient the food, the more likely you'll reach for it first. Here are a couple of tips to help you make the right food choices:
- When you are at home, be sure to keep healthy choices within reach. The easier it is to grab something healthy, the more likely you will be to eat it.
- When you are away from home, bring some type of healthy snack choice with you to help you stay away from less healthy fare.
Prepack your snacks
Pack and keep your own healthy, nutritionally balanced snacks close at hand, or in a refrigerator at home or work. Here are some healthy snack suggestions:
- 1/2 ounce toasted almonds with dried cranberries or apricots
- One oatmeal cookie and 1 cup of skim milk or low-fat yogurt
- One orange or banana and 1 ounce of string cheese or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- One low-fat granola bar and 1 cup of calcium and vitamin D fortified orange juice
Another reason to eat an orange
Oranges are known for being a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C builds immunity, and its oxidative properties help the cells recover faster if theyíve been damaged.
Preparing for childbirth, the pediatrician, and work
At 14 weeks pregnant, think about making plans for you and your baby in the months ahead. Hereís a list of some things you should be thinking about:
- Check out childbirth class options for later in your pregnancy.
- Begin interviewing possible pediatricians for your baby.
- By your 14th week of pregnancy, examine your maternity and paternity policies at work, if you haven't already.
- Begin looking at child-care options if you think you will need them.
How to inform your supervisor and coworkers
Here are some tips for sharing your pregnancy news at work:
- Tell your supervisor personally before you tell anyone else. If you are experiencing symptoms of morning sickness, or are starting to feel tired at work, you might want to inform your supervisor even sooner than you had originally planned.
- Time your news carefully. If you have an upcoming salary review or are in the middle of a key project, you might want to wait until afterward to share your news.
- Offer solutions for handling your workload while you're out to help reinforce the idea that you know your job better than anyone else.