You are now 14 weeks pregnant (or in your 15th week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby’s growing

Hair is big news this week! Your baby is growing lots of it, not only on his head and brows but all over his body. This is covered in an ultrafine down, called lanugo, which usually disappears before birth. Some muscles are starting to work too. This week your baby can grasp, squint, frown, grimace and even suck his thumb. Read more information on your baby’s development this week

How your life’s changing

You’re probably feeling brighter and livelier than in the first three months and have put the early symptoms of pregnancy firmly behind you. Some unlucky women do find that the nausea drags on so if you are still being very sick, contact your doctor or midwife for advice. Most women find the second three months the easiest stage of pregnancy when sleep is sounder and your bump isn’t too big to impede your movements. Make the most of these energetic middle months to enjoy activities such as swimming, walking and low-impact aerobics.

It’s also a good time to sort out practicalities with your partner, moving to a new house now rather than later if you’re going to, discussing your maternity leave and thinking about childcare, if you intend to return to work after your baby is born.

If you’re single, this is also a good time to enlist support. You could ask your midwife about special prenatal sessions, if you feel shy of couples’ classes, seek out groups specifically for single parents.

Pregnancy Tip: Getting Through to Your Baby

“Because I had a very easy first few months, I found it hard to believe I was really pregnant. So I built up a relationship with my baby by chatting with her and putting the headphones on my bump when I was listening to music.” — Karen S.

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