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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 14

How big is your baby?
This week your baby measures 8.7cm (3.42 inches) and weighs in at around 43g (1.52 ounces). This is about the size of your fist.
Your baby's development
Your baby's  ears have now moved from their normal position from the neck to the side of the head, and although the eyes are still moving to their final resting place it wont be long until they settle.
Your babys hands continue to develop and are now becoming more and more functional  - as your baby is beginning to use his/her thumb and fingers.
There has been lots of development around your babys mouth recently. The roof of the mouth has been completed for a few weeks now, and this development continues with the development of the sucking muscles and the completion of the salivary glands which should begin to function during this week.
By the end of this week your baby will begin to make breathing, sucking and swallowing motions as the oesophagus, windpipe and the larynx are now present.
The sexual organs continue to develop and it will be getting easier and easier to establish the sex of your baby by examining the external genitalia by ultrasound.
Many women suffer from hemorrhoids during their pregnancy. hemorrhoids are dilated blood vessels around or inside the anus and are caused by the increase in blood flow to the uterus and pelvic area, and may tend to worsen towards the end of the pregnancy.
Relieving the discomfort of hemorrhoids
  • Rest at least 1 hour everyday with your feet and hips elevated
  • Lie with your legs elevated and knees slightly apart when sleeping
  • Eat adequate amounts of fiber
  • Drink lots of fluid
  • Take warm baths for relief
  • Apply ice packs or cotton balls swathed in witch hazel to affected area
  • Don't sit or stand for long periods
Your body
Under certain circumstances (for example, if you're older than 35), your health care provider may discuss amniocentesis with you. Amniocentesis is a test usually done between 15 and 18 weeks that can detect abnormalities in a fetus, such as Down syndrome.
During this test, a very thin needle is inserted into the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus and a sample of the fluid is taken and analyzed. Amniocentesis does carry a very slight risk of miscarriage, so talk to your health care provider about your concerns and the risks and advantages of the test.

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