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14 weeks pregnant

When you are 14 weeks pregnant, your symptoms may be easing which can make it a good time to discuss things with your partner. Also why not begin pelvic floor exercises?

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 14

Now you are 14 weeks pregnant, your baby, and your bump, will grow rapidly over the next few weeks. Their head is getting rounder and more in proportion to the rest of their body whilst their facial features are developing more and their ears take shape. The muscles for swallowing are now in place which means they will open and close their mouth in response to touch (when you poke your tummy) – this is their way of developing the reflex need to find your nipple when breastfeeding.

You are in your second trimester of pregnancy and at 14 weeks, pregnancy symptoms are typically starting to subside. This may be leaving you feeling you have more energy, and as your successful pregnancy continues, you may find yourself feeling a range of emotions. This also applies to your partner.  You should take some time to discuss the practical, financial and emotional changes ahead.

Now would be a great time to start doing your pelvic floor exercises. During pregnancy, your pelvic floor muscles, which hold your bladder, bowel and uterus in place, can weaken. This can create incontinence problems in later life, so it is useful to start doing pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy and continue after giving birth. Pelvic floor exercises are very easy and can be done at your desk, in front of the TV or when stuck in traffic. You can even do it during sex or whilst going to the loo – give it a go!

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Join in with NCT on Facebook and Twitter - it's a great way to make new friends and stay in touch with old ones. Or joint our community for new parents on Google+ where you can connect with other parents online who are experiencing similar things.