14 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
Now you’re through the first trimester, it’s time to get out and about more
Choose the right sweet treats, like fruit, to satisfy your sweet tooth
Pack your medical records if you’re planning trips
Make sure your travel insurance covers all pregnancy situations
Baby's development at 14 weeks
This week your little one will develop a sense of touch. There is now dermis under the epidermis, so the skin is coming along nicely too. The legs are longer than the arms. And baby can even open its mouth and frown! From this week, your little one will start to get a whole lot more active inside you too. If you haven’t felt movements in your belly just yet, you will soon.
If you’re feeling good right now, which a lot of women do during their second trimester, make the most of it. This is a great time to travel and to do things with your partner, as you might not be able to later on in your pregnancy. It’s also the perfect time to reward yourself with a visit to the hairdresser, or an evening out with friends.
You’ve made it over the first hurdle, so take the time to treat yourself.
Satisfying sugar cravings during pregnancy can require a little more creativity than it normally would, especially if you’re really hankering for something sweet. There’s no harm in eating desserts, as long as you don’t overdo it.
It’s worth remembering that what you eat now, can have a major impact on your baby’s life and offer life-long benefits to their endocrine, digestive and immune systems.
To satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy pregnancy diet, choose fresh fruit, desserts made with milk, plain low fat to fat-free yoghurt (0%), and dried fruits. Pregnancy is a beautiful time, and it’s essential to have fun! But moderation is key. Instead of ice cream, indulge in sorbets or frozen yoghurt.
It’s the perfect time in your pregnancy to take a trip somewhere nice. Just make sure you take the proper precautions, such as getting any necessary vaccinations if needed. It’s always a good idea to make sure there are adequate healthcare facilities wherever you decide to go too. And make sure you take your medical records with you, that way you can give GPs all the information they need, if anything unexpected does happen.
Perhaps most importantly, if travelling abroad, ensure that you get travel insurance that covers you for any eventuality, such as pregnancy-related medical care during labour, premature birth and the cost of changing the date of your return trip if you go into labour. A little caution will make sure you have a safe trip.