Guide to Being 14 Weeks Pregnant


Don't Worry If…
Don't worry if you're showing more or less than your sister/cousin/friend was at 14 weeks. The important thing is to relax and enjoy smooth second-trimester sailing.
Don't worry if you're showing more or less than your sister/cousin/friend was at 14 weeks. The important thing is to relax and enjoy smooth second-trimester sailing.
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You want to have sex all the time. You never want to have sex. You only want to have sex at 9:30 a.m. on the dot, in the dark, in the light or on top.

Don't worry, it's all normal. Just because your sister's libido started raging in trimester two doesn't mean yours will.

Some other totally normal week 14 happenings:

  • You're showing more than your friend. You're showing less than your friend. You've been showing since week 10 and now everyone thinks you're six months along. Everyone shows differently (and no, carrying high doesn't mean it's a boy. Or is it the other way around? Either way…)
  • You have achy sensations around your abdomen. These are a normal result of ligaments and muscles stretching to accommodate your growing uterus. Of course, mention it to your doctor just to be safe. There's no reason to guess.
  • You need to take medicine for an infection or illness. Your immune system is a bit weakened so that it doesn't start to fight off that little foreign body in there, so you're more susceptible to infections, viruses and the like. Plenty of medications are perfectly safe during pregnancy, so if your doctor prescribes something and, if you're the researching type, all reputable Web sites back it up (hint: your interior-decorator's blog is not considered reputable on this matter), try not to stress about it. A safe medication is better for your baby than a sick environment.

So stay well, stay active and stay off the home scale if it bugs you, because starting around now, you'll need to gain some weight. About a pound a week is ideal -- but as usual, don't sweat a little more or less. An extra pound or two never hurt anybody, especially when it's added by apples, whole-grain pasta, calcium-rich milk and leaner meats. That stuff's good for everybody.

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