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Pregnancy calendar - week 14

Deborah Sue, Advisory Service Manager

By this point, you’re already in your second trimester, which is when you should really start to enjoy your pregnancy, with less of the negative side-effects and more of the energy – especially as you’ve probably now told everyone who will listen about your new baby on the way!

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Your baby’s development

Your baby is now around 9 cm long and 45 grams. The lungs have taken shape and the baby is starting to practise basic breathing movements, even though they get all the oxygen they need through the placenta and umbilical cord. At this stage, your baby’s heart is pumping several litres of blood through their tiny body every day.

 

Did you know?

Antenatal yoga is an ideal way to exercise while you are pregnant. Not just for relaxation but also to learn breathing techniques to help you on the big day of your baby’s arrival. It also helps you become more flexible and stronger, too, so that your body is better equipped to cope with labour! If you do want to give it a try, make sure you choose a class that’s specially designed for pregnancy because some yoga poses aren’t suitable for mums-to-be.

You & your body

During your second trimester, you’ll probably find you have a lot more energy which will be a welcome change if you’ve been feeling lethargic over the past 13 weeks. You might feel like you want to exercise and put the energy to good use, but do be careful when embarking on new exercise routines. In pregnancy your ligaments relax and soften which increases the risk of injury. Now is really NOT the time to take up abseiling!

Exercise in pregnancy enhances your well- being; helps maintain recommended weight gain and keeps you in good shape. Exercise like swimming is very soothing and can help support the muscular and skeletal changes you may be experiencing, such as pelvic or back discomfort.

The good news is that if you do get into a good exercise routine and combine it with healthy eating during pregnancy; you’re more likely to continue after your baby is born – which will help you regain your pre-pregnancy figure quicker. Yay!

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