Welcome to the 14th week of pregnancy!

Your baby is around 8.5cm long from head to bottom, which is about the size of a kiwi fruit!

Notably, around this time, your baby begins to swallow small amounts of amniotic fluid, a crucial step in their development. As they swallow, the fluid passes into their stomach, while their kidneys also start to function, allowing the fluid to circulate back into the amniotic sac as urine.

During pregnancy, it's natural for your body to undergo various changes, including fluctuations in weight. The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy is influenced by factors such as your pre-pregnancy weight, with an expected gain ranging between 10kg and 12.5kg. Much of the extra weight is due to your baby growing, but your body will also be storing fat, ready to make breast milk after your baby is born. Learn more about weight gain during pregnancy and what to expect.

If you smoke, quitting can lead to significant benefits for both of you. Smoking in pregnancy can harm your baby and stopping will have immediate benefits. For example, you will you will reduce the risk of stillbirth and your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being born prematurely. Support is available to help you on your journey to a smoke-free pregnancy - call the National Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 for more information, or ask a midwife to refer you.

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