Your baby this week
14 weeks pregnant

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Sleep, mama

Be sure to get your sleep in now! Not only is there obvious benefit for you right now but it may lead to a better birth experience!

Controlling for birth weight of the newborn, the researchers found that women who averaged less than six hours of sleep per night had significantly longer labors and were 4.5 times more likely to have cesarean deliveries than women who averaged seven or more hours of sleep.

Women who averaged between six and seven hours of sleep per night were 3.7 times more likely to have a cesarean delivery. Click here to read more about this study.


Looking pregnant?

"Well, I'm really starting to look pregnant. People think it's so cute. I'm just glad that it actually looks like I'm pregnant, not just getting a little round in the middle. Guess that I'm going to be wearing maternity clothes for awhile. " - Cyndi


When you have a community, you're never alone. Meet other expectant moms on the Pregnancy & Baby message boards!


First movement

Because your baby is moving a lot now, you may be able to feel its movements -- called quickening -- at the end of the month or early next month. It may feel like gas bubbles or butterflies in your stomach, and you may not immediately realize that those feelings are your baby moving around inside of you.


Looking ahead

If this is your second (or third, or fourth, etc.) baby, you will probably start thinking about how best to prepare your older child(ren) for their new sibling.

Anticipating the arrival of your second child is a greatly different experience than that of expecting your first baby. Physically, subsequent pregnancies tend to be far less restful. Intellectually, you're well-advised and wiser this time around. You've experienced childbirth and mastered diaper changing along with all the other basis of baby care. Emotionally, you experience daily the profound sensibility and endurance that come with being a parent.

This time, many of your concerns may still be largely focused on your first born. Will my child be jealous of the new baby? Will he or she regress developmentally after the baby arrives? Will my first child be helpful or will he or she cause harm to my new little one? Whether, you're about to adopt or give birth, chances are you have some worries about how your first child will react to becoming a big brother or sister.

Although no one can predict exactly how your preschooler or school-aged child will respond to his or her new sibling, it does help to be prepared. Parental attitude, communication and presentation of the pending arrival can make the difference in the first child's adjustment.

Click herefor tips on how to make this transition as easy as possible for your whole family!


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Homebirth?

Have you considered having a homebirth but just don't know where to begin? Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn is a great book that will answer the many questions surrounding homebirth, from choosing your caregiver to getting the supplies you need to dealing with the inevitable question from friends and family. Find out more!