Hello, welcome to another post, today we will talk about ” Normal 14 week ultrasound”, I hope you’re having an amazing day so far, as usual Ultrasound pictures with explanations are going to be on the middle of the post, so lets begin…
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OK so going back to todays post, at 14 weeks pregnant your baby is as big as a Lemon, measuring 8 cm to 9 cm or about 3.4 inches long and weighing 1.5 ounces or 43 grams. Baby has almost doubled in weight since last week, and keeps on growing super fast.
Remarkable developments at 14 weeks: Your baby can now move his/her face muscles therefore any kind of face expressions are occurring on his face at this time. All of this is due to brain impulses. His kidneys are producing urine as well, so he/she can pee inside your womb, this pee is release into the amniotic fluid around his/her body, a process that will be normal until birth. He can grasp and if you’re having an ultrasound soon, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that’s in proportion to the rest of his body.
Your baby is starting to develop an ultrafine hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby’s liver starts making bile this week and his spleen starts helping produce red blood cells. And even though you can’t feel kicks yet, your baby’s hands and feet are more flexible and active.
14 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Increased appetite: Once morning sickness starts to go away, you might find yourself craving and wanting to eat more things. Remember that what you eat is fueling your baby’s rapid growth. You should aim to eat about 300 extra calories per day , you really don’t need more than that to keep a healthy weight gain. If you’re 14 weeks pregnant with twins, you’ll want to eat about 680 extra calories per day now that you’re in your second trimester. Keep plenty of healthy snacks by your side but remember give yourself the freedom to indulge once in a while.
Round ligament pain: You’re probably feeling some aches and pains as your muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing baby. At 14 weeks pregnant, cramps are often because of round ligament pain, but if you have any concerns always check with your doctor.
Increased energy: You are now have some of your energy back time to get back to a fitness routine. Exercise will benefit you and your baby as well, and can even make labor easier when the time comes, in the meantime you can also enjoy more time with your family and fiends.
Typically, there isn’t a 14-week ultrasound. You likely had an ultrasound in your first trimester and won’t have one again until the anatomy scan, which usually happens between weeks 18 and 22. The doctor will also use an ultrasound if you plan to have an amniocentesis (between weeks 15 and 20).
There are possible reasons why the doctor order an Ultrasound at this time:
Excessive pelvic pain or cramping.
Spotting or bleeding.
Traumatic event ( car accident etc..)
If any of those symptoms occurred doesn’t mean that necessarily there is something wrong however is always good to check.
14 week Ultrasound can be performed Transabdominally or Transvaginally, and here is a glimpse of what you can expect to see….
CRL is the measurement used at 14 weeks.
Ultrasound image of the doppler on the heart. The heartbeat expected to be seen today is between 130 to 165 bpm.
3D Ultrasound image of 14 weeks.
Remember at this time you might start showing a small bump on your belly, you can start planning some fun things for you and your baby, the best you can do is enjoy this amazing time. It’s normal to worry a bit now and then, but try to focus on taking care of yourself and your baby, and have faith that everything will be just fine.
This ultrasound images are generally speaking what you are expected to see, all ultrasound doesn’t show the same and it all depends on multiple factors like Fetal position, maternal obesity etc… If you don’t have those views on your scan is ok, as long as the development of your baby is normal and the measurements are compatible with the gestational age is all good.
During the second trimester (14 weeks to 27 weeks), you’ll typically see your Doctor once every four weeks unless you have a condition or complications that call for more frequent checkups. Here’s what you can expect your physician to do at each visit.
*Record your weight.
*Check your blood pressure and urine sample.
*Listen to your baby’s heartbeat.
*Discuss test and procedures that are tailored for your specific situation.
*And finally order an ultrasound between 16 and 20 weeks to check for physical abnormalities ( Anatomy Ultrasound) and to verify the baby’s due date. This may also be a chance to find out your baby’s sex if you want to.
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