14 weeks old

14 weeks old

3-Month-Second Week (14 weeks old)

How your baby’s growing

Babies love to be touched. In fact, they thrive on it – it’s a critical part of growth and development. Skin-to-skin contact not only helps you and your baby bond, but is comforting when she’s upset and soothing when she’s irritable.

Develop your baby’s sense of touch with a variety of materials – such as fake fur, felt and terrycloth. Your baby will probably try to eat the fabric, so choose carefully. Don’t leave her alone with anything that could come apart in her mouth. And look for books that make reading a tactile experience.

How your life’s changing

Accept your post-baby body. If ever there were a time in your life for realism, it’s now. Remember that childbirth is a life- and body-changing experience. Your hips and waist may now be slightly wider and your belly may be softer. Give yourself at least the nine months it took to grow your baby to return to your pre-pregnancy shape.

If you’re breastfeeding, it’s particularly important not to go on a highly restrictive diet. Instead of focusing on rapid weight loss through a diet or exercise program that may be impossible to live with the rest of your life, think more carefully about what you eat and how you eat. Here are some guidelines:

  • Eat smaller portions, and chew each bite more slowly. You’ll find that you can feel satisfied with less. Stop before you feel filled up or bloated.
  • Drink water. Not only is it wise to stay hydrated if you’re breastfeeding, downing liquids also fills your stomach and curbs hunger pangs.
  • Eat more “good” calories and fewer “bad” ones. Don’t abandon the emphasis on nutrition that you developed while you were pregnant.
  • Keep low-calorie snacks available, such as poha, rusks, fruit and raw vegetables.
  • Start exercising again. Remember to start slowly and ease back into your pre-pregnancy workout routine.

Parent tip: go with the flow

“My doctor told me an amazing way to get your milk flow going to tempt your baby to your nipple. Instead of squeezing milk out, gently dab your finger around the areola and milk magically begins to flow! It is much kinder to nipples if they are cracked or sore.” — Aliyah

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