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14 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On

Your Baby at 14 Weeks Pregnant

Mouth in motion. Your fetus's mouth can open and close and is starting to make swallowing and sucking motions. Those little facial muscles are really getting a workout! 

Set for speech. The esophagus, windpipe, larynx, and vocal cords are all in place. Of course, the vocal cords can't make any sounds yet, since your little one is floating in fluid. But they're already being prepped for that first loud wail after birth. 

Face formation. With each passing week, your fetus is looking more like the little person you'll meet the day you give birth. By now, the eyes have moved to their proper place at the top of the face, and the ears have moved from the neck to the sides of the head. The jaws have been complete for a while, and the palate is now "zipping up," closing from front to back.  

Measuring up. Your little one weighs about 2 ounces and is 3.2 to 4.3 inches long.

Your Pregnancy at 14 Weeks

The ever-expanding uterus. Your healthcare provider will note the size of your uterus by measuring from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus, called the fundus, at each prenatal visit. Generally, fundal height correlates to the week of pregnancy. Right now, your fundal height is approximately 14 centimeters above the upper ridge of your pubic bone. At 20 weeks, it will be at about 20 centimeters. 

Feeling congested? It could be allergies or a cold, or it might simply be another pregnancy symptom. Many pregnant women find that their nose constantly feels stuffed-up, making it difficult to breathe. Congestion occurs because the hormone progesterone increases circulation to the mucous membranes of the nose, causing them to swell. This condition is called pregnancy rhinitis, and unfortunately there's not much you can do to make it go away. You can try using a humidifier or dabbing a little petroleum jelly in each nostril to make your nose less dry.