What's happening in week 14 of your pregnancy?
• Your baby can move his eyes and his taste buds are developing. Support this phase of growth by eating foods rich in DHA, which fuels visual development.
• Your baby is now three and a half inches (around nine centimeters) long and weighs one and a half ounces (42.5 grams).
• Your baby's thyroid gland is fully grown. It plays a key role in regulating how the body uses energy, such as keeping the heart beating strong and brain development
How is your baby's brain developing?
• Your baby's brain can now send impulses to his facial muscles, so he can express himself more, such as by frowning and even squinting
• Help your baby along in this new development with DHA, which is vital to cognitive growth, both during and after pregnancy.
What pregnancy symptoms might you experience this week?
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing gum inflammation (gingivitis) and gum disease. Poor oral health can result in a higher risk of premature labor. Improve your oral and pregnancy health with these steps:
• See the dentist regularly, especially when you spot any sign of gingivitis, such as gum swelling or bleeding gums when you brush your teeth.
• Brush and floss your teeth daily.
• Include calcium-rich food in your diet, such as milk and broccoli, as calcium is an essential nutrient for strong bone and dental health.
Mom's Tip of the Week
Make sure you're eating iron-rich food, too. Iron supports a healthy immune system, ensuring you're in a tip-top position to care for your little one.