Week 14

Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

Your developing baby

At 14 weeks, your baby’s head is getting rounder and more in proportion to the rest of their body whilst their facial features are developing more and their ears are taking shape.

The muscles for swallowing are now in place, which means they will open and close their mouth in response to touch. This is their way of developing the reflex to find your nipple when breastfeeding.

Week 14

Tips for indigestion

Indigestion in pregnancy can be caused by hormonal changes, and in later stages when your growing uterus is pressing on your stomach, it can make the problem worse. 

To ease the symptoms, try eating smaller meals more often. Sitting up straight when you’re eating can also help, as this takes the pressure off your stomach.

Don't forget your pelvic floor!

It’s worth starting to do your pelvic floor exercises now, as doing them during pregnancy will lower your chance of experiencing incontinence (leaking urine) later in pregnancy and after birth.

Try to do your exercises at least three times a day. This might sound a lot but you can fit them around your daily routine by practising them when you boil a kettle, you’re watching TV, reading, or after you’ve finished on the loo.

Fancy a holiday?

You might feel like a holiday, just you and your partner, before your baby arrives. Flying at this stage in your pregnancy is generally considered to be safe, however, having a chat with your GP beforehand is advisable, particularly if you’ve experienced spotting, high blood pressure, excessive morning sickness or diabetes.

Checklist

Are you keeping a note of any questions you may have for your midwife?

Keep a list so you can ask at your second antenatal appointment.

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.  Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 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.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.
 

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