14 Weeks: Physical Changes

March 15, 2012

A few changes I’ve noticed this week:

1) I think my blood volume is definitely increasing. I can feel my heartbeat in all kinds of strange places – in my back, in my head, in my uterus, in my toes – at random times. And not to be totally gross, but I’ve heard that the inside of your nose often reacts to an increase in blood in the form of…blood. And I’ve noticed that too.

2) I can definitely feel my uterus! It’s hard to feel standing up because the core muscles are hard and on top. But if I sit down or bend over and make my abdomen mush, I can wiggle my fingers deep in there and feel a huge, hard melon in there. Like a big coconut in size. No wonder my organs are pushing out! I’ve heard if you push on the uterus the baby reacts with movement, and I’ve tried pushing a few times [very gently!] and sat verrrrrrrrry still but I don’t think I felt it.

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3) My stomach volume seems to have gone down….just a little. For the first 3 months of pregnancy, my appetite was raging and I also felt the need to eat all the time to keep the nausea down. Now it seems this week that I get full fast and don’t have any desire to even finish my meal. Thus, ice cream after dinner is no longer appealing (although popsicles are!)

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4) I think I’ve felt the baby move a few times this week. Once it was like vibrations inside of me. Like something battery operated. While I have no idea if these ticklings, vibrations or bubbles are actually the baby, they are new enough that my body is like “I haven’t felt anything like that before.” It will be interesting once I am definitely feeling it move if the types of movements will vary and if they will feel similar. Will a roll be a tickle? A kick a vibration? Or will they feel totally different!?

5) It’s getting more uncomfortable to bend in half. It almost feels like my uterus is a blown-up whoopee cushion and I’m bending it in half over my pubic bone.

Like so:

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It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s an odd feeling and has made me more aware of my bending positions. Maybe the uterus is still growing up and once it passes the pubic bone completely I won’t feel any of this pressure. I’ve also noticed a small amount of cramping this week. Not anything painful or long-lasting, but maybe that means it’s growing?

6) The idea of vegetables is becoming more and more appealing. More so at lunch than dinner though. It seems my nausea gets progressively worse all day long, bit by bit. The opposite of morning sickness for sure! This could be because I’m taking the Unisom + B6 in the morning and it wears off by the evening. But green smoothies for lunch and lots of avocado are at the top of my food favorites list right now!

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7) Gone are the days of sleeping soundly. I’m having all these little physical things that are keeping me from sleeping well. It’s like my body is full of nerves firing all night – like those restless leg syndrome commercials. I want to stretch all my limbs every 5 minutes and can’t seem to get comfortable despite the lovely layers of bedding and memory foam on our bed. I finally banished the Snoogle pillow from the bed and the past 2 nights have been better. Last night I even slept through Matt’s 6:30am alarm. I’ve never had trouble sleeping, so I hope this isn’t going to be a symptom for the next 6 months (thereafter I’m prepared for!) I wonder if these tingles and stretches are related to the blood volume increase?

8) You know how the camera adds 10 pounds? I think in my case the camera actually subtracts weight! I feel like I am so pregnant and when I look in the mirror in our bedroom as I pass by, my stomach is sticking right out – a nice little bump. But when I take my weekly photos, I am actually surprised by how flat my stomach actually is when I stand up straight!

This:

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Compared to how I often find myself standing:

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Posture is everything!!

9) This morning I got out the fetal heart detector and took a listen. I found Baby KERF right away, and the heartbeat was strong! But more than ever, the baby seemed to be moving around, back and forth, because I could not get the heartbeat to stay strong. It kept going in and out, loud and soft. Guess it was an active morning! I can’t wait until I can start playing music or eating food and seeing how it reacts. The thought that you can interact with a baby in utero is quite incredible!

10) BERF is now supposed to be 3.5 inches long (it was 7 cm at my ultrasound 2 weeks ago) and is the size of a LEMON. So amazing.

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chelsea March 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

When my boss was pregnant last year she craved avocado ALL the time!!! She ate it all day!!

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2 Leanne March 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

Are you/ were you waking up with tingly hands? Every time I wake up (whether to pee or get up for the day) my hands are asleep! I am 15.5 weeks and it’s been going on for about two weeks now. Annoying!

Popsicles are also my BFF right now. I can’t get enough and have even considered bringing a box to work to have throughout the day.

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3 KERF March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

No that hasn’t happened yet

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4 Alison March 15, 2012 at 8:53 am

I just learned that the sound waves a doppler gives off are comparable to what it’s like for us standing in a subway station. (sorry I don’t have a study or anything to back that up!) Basically, it’s uncomfortable and they don’t like it! It’s not uncommon for babies to “swim away” from the doppler when they are really little. (I do know how fun and reassuring it is to hear that heart beat though!)

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5 KERF March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Weird!

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6 Sunshine March 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

Those flutters are definitely baby. So amazing!! I didn’t feel baby ‘pushing back’ when I touched/pushed on my uterus until about 20 weeks. But, by then, even my husband could feel it. Don’t know how Matt feels about feeling baby while he/she is still inside you, but my husband though it was cool for me to lay with my stomach touching his back because he could feel baby moving & kicking. (I should say that this was in my 3rd trimester). Anyway, hope you don’t think that’s weird. :)

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7 Nicole M. March 15, 2012 at 8:59 am

Sigh… just thinking of feeling a baby move in my belly makes me want to get pregnant RIGHTNOW!!! Haha! It’s weird because towards the end, it starts to seem totally normal to have someone kicking you all the time. And even when you have a tiny butt crushing your bladder and little legs stuck under your ribs, you’ll be so happy it won’t even matter!

Speaking of the nose stuff, I had a stuffy/bloody nose most of my pregnancy due to the increase of mucous and blood. It got annoying but sometimes I forget that symptom when I look back! Funny how that happens….

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8 KERF March 15, 2012 at 11:23 am
9 Allison K March 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

You shouldd just take pictures the way you normally stand….

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10 KERF March 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

I do! Both ways.

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11 Angel7 March 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Vegetables are appealing to me if they are in a smoothie, or snuck in the food.

I have been having trouble sleeping, but I do not think it is from the baby. My sleep issues are more acid reflux and such. Hopefully, that passes soon!

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12 Nikki T March 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

Loving these posts!
mmm…popsicles sounds like a great idea!

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13 Alicia March 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

First movements felt like muscle spasms for me! like when your eye twitches involuntarily.

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14 KERF March 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

You are so right about the eye twitches!!!

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15 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

You have such a cute baby bump in the last picture, even if it is just posture!

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16 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

Not feeling like you’re a (total) bottomless pit and not having to eat to keep the nausea away, yes, I remember those 2nd tri feelings. And also the idea of veggies making a (slight) comeback…remember that, too. 2nd tri was my favorite one…enjoy :)

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17 MaryBe March 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

Have you tried B12 for your nighttime twitchy-ness? I’ve heard one sublingual tablet helps. Also, my Mother drinks one Gatorade a day and swears it cured her leg cramps/restlessness.
I hate to bother you but I have a question…After Caitlin’s announcement yesterday that she plans to eat her placenta, I was so horrified and grossed out that I had to unsubscribe from her blog. But now I’m wondering – Am I just old fashioned? Is this what new mothers are doing? I know you are close friends with her; is this something you plan to do? I read a lot of fitness blogs and many of the women have had babies but I don’t remember reading anything about this before. Are they doing it and just not mentioning it? I just can’t wrap my head around it! I guess I am asking your opinion as a RD.

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18 KERF March 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

Yes, tons of mothers are doing it. Most encapsulate – I seriously doubt anyone cooks it on the grill. I’ve heard quite a few testimonials for significant benefits on it. You might want to listen to the Pregtastic episode on it – so helpful and makes it seem less scary.

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19 KERF March 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

Oh, and I was on B12 and it’s better now.

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20 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac March 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

You have such a cute baby bump!! I also like the “stick person” Kath diagram. :)

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21 Alexis March 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’m going to be sad when the blog is caught up to real-time — I love that your pregnancy seems to be moving along quickly :-)

BTW — I (honestly) hope you are getting good money from Campbells because those are some bright red ads!

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22 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 15, 2012 at 11:13 am

Awww you’ve got a bump!!

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23 janet March 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

Have you always had bad posture? Now is a good time to work on it so when baby is here you are more mindful. Set the example & all that mom stuff =) Not to mention the benefits to yourself. Your discomfort sleeping could be the new weight added on bad posture – chiropractors would frown & tell you that is more likely the culprit this early in your pregnancy!
*My husband has had tons of back/neck therapy after the accident, so we hear a lot about that area around here!

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24 KERF March 15, 2012 at 11:58 am

I don’t think it’s ever been perfect, but it’s gotten way worse since pregnancy

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25 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm

If it were me, I’d be standing with bad posture all the time because i LOVE the bump!!!

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26 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

kath, so are you currently 14 weeks along or still catching up your week-to-week posts? i’ve lost track! :) you’re looking GREAT!

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27 KERF March 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

16 tomorrow! I should be caught up by next week

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28 Brie March 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The blood volume thing was my absolute first pregnancy symptom. Every time I stand up, I can hear my pulse in my ears, and I always feel it in weird places, but especially in my uterus.
I also don’t have much room for food these days. Maybe it’s because our stomachs are getting squished!

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29 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family March 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

posture really is everything. I took a weekly picture with both pregnancies and look back thinking man I barely looked pregnant then but remember feeling so huge.

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30 Chrissy March 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Can you tell us about your fetal heart monitor? Where did you get it? I might have missed an earlier post…

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31 KERF March 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I’m borrowing it from a friend… I’m not sure where she got it but probably online

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32 Mari March 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Magnesium & calcium can really help the muscle cramps subside, for future reference.

Will you be accepting free products on this blog? If I am recalling correctly, you don’t accept products for review on KERF, will the same rule(s) apply to this new blog? Thank you!

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33 KERF March 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Yes, I do hope to review some things. I think in this context it would be helpful to moms. I’m planning to separate them into individual posts

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34 Jennifer March 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

So much fun! I think it’s fun for women who have had children already to go through this with someone and sort of relive it for themselves. :)

Love the drawing. (haha) I totally understood what you meant when you drew that.

Yeah, once you can start feeling the baby a lot, you’ll be able to drink something sugary and that will usually get them moving. My kids used to always be active after I went to sleep. I’d lay down, shut my eyes, and then the wiggling games would begin. :)

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35 Jen March 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Popsicles! Taking me back to childhood :) I just noticed your pic in the top left-hand corner – love it! You look different almost, like a movie star – beautiful!

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36 Emily March 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

just thought I’d let you know that an ad for mcdonald’s is popping up on baby kerf today. I know you don’t pick exactly which ads appear, but this one definitely seems like a conflict of interest!

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37 KERF March 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thanks. Sorry. I don’t choose them : (

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38 TRNO March 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hey Kath
Long time reader but have never commented. I’ve been an OB nurse for over 15 years and I was just wondering (not a criticism but just a legitimate question) …. why do you have a doptone to listen to the baby’s heart? I have worked with experienced L&D RNs who have a hard time detecting a fetal heart in a full term baby, depending on the baby’s position. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been working in Triage when absolutely frantic parents have rushed in to say they was trying to listen to the baby’s heartbeat at home and couldn’t find it. How long will you listen for? What is a normal heart rate? If it slows down for a couple of seconds/minutes and comes back up what does that mean?What’s the best position for Mom to be in in order to find her baby’s heart rate? I think you are setting yourself up for some potentially (needlessly) unsettling times using one of those at home. It’s also pretty rare that you would feel the baby move at 14 weeks or earlier – soon though. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

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39 KERF March 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hey TRNO,
I’m aware of this possibility, and the monitor says it’s best from 14-16 weeks, so after that I wouldn’t rely on it. I just borrow this from a friend for fun and don’t intend to do any heart rate counts or medical-like listening.

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40 Lydia March 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hi Kath,
I had such trouble sleeping when I was pregnant too. My biggest problem was tingly hands and arms. Unfortunately, it has continued off and on even though I haven’t been pregnant in 8 years!

It is such a wonderful experience to feel your baby inside. Totally makes me want another one! But we have 4 already….full house!
Lydia :)
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41 Nancy March 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I felt that first motion right at about 16 weeks — although granted, I was carrying twins. It felt like someone was taking a light fingertip touch and lightly tickling me from the INSIDE. Very weird, but awesome too. Wait until Berf gets hiccups in the last few months! :-)

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42 Rachelle March 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I am also one of those whose nausea gets worse at night. Makes for a MUCH earlier bed time. I also had the darn restless leg thing/ need to move thing. Are you taking any unisom at night? I did and found that if I didn’t go to sleep when my body told me to (after taking the unisom) I got more uncomfortable.

You are definitely starting to show a bit!! Everyone grows differently, but I didn’t look PG (just like I ate way too much at christmas) until I hit a big growth spurt after 18 weeks.

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43 KERF March 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I started taking the unisom 3x a day, but from about 11 weeks on I was down to once a day in the mornings. I’m feeling much better now (at 16 weeks) including the RLS which has mostly gone away [i hope!]

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44 Lisa @bitesforbabies March 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Don’t know if someone posted about it but have you heard of the book “the Pregnancy Journal?!” it’s a great book-basically tells you what is happening during younpregnancy day by day.

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45 KERF March 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

I haven’t heard of that, but I do have lots of apps that do that and it’s so fun!

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46 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) March 16, 2012 at 5:28 am

I am 33 weeks today (so excited!) and probably since the 2nd trimester my nose has been bleeding, usually a few times a week, at night, after I wash my face. Although come to think of it I have not experienced a nose bleed in the last few weeks. Bending over is now very hard and quite humorous when I try… I always make this grunting sound because it is just so hard and causes so much pressure. Getting on and off the floor is a lot harder also. Just a tip – don’t sit on the floor at Target looking at the bottom shelf of makeup b/c getting back up, unassisted, is no easy task! :)

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47 Christina March 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

I wondered how you would like the Snoogle. I am 23 weeks along and haven’t quite developed a love for mine. But I can’t sleep without it either. Just can’t get comfortable – it’s a no win situation. ;o)

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48 KERF March 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

In general I like it a lot. It makes side sleeping possible (which is impossible in my opinion without it!) But sometimes the bed feels awfully crowded :)

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49 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hehe, great drawing!

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50 Charissa Steyn March 21, 2012 at 2:12 am

Just found your blog today…having fun reading all the pregnancy stuff… I am 14 weeks along on Friday. I love hearing that other women are having similar experiences…morning sickness that gets progressively worse throughout the day, the fact that veggies sound horrible right now, and all the funny aches and pains we feel down there…being pregnant is amazing!!!! :)

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51 Alexandra May 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I’m at week 14 tomorrow with my first pregnancy. All my life I’ve suffered from the condition RLS (restless leg syndrome), doctors believe it is related to a nutrition deficiency. When I was younger they thought it was vitamin E, which I think has now been discredited. A few years ago when they first diagnosed the condition they started treating patients with medication prescribed to Parkinsons patients. Being as the two are similar in regards to the nervous system. Of course a downfall (only sometimes) when your pregnant is most prescriptions drugs are off limits. I’ve found my legs are getting progressively worse as the weeks go on. I have tryed all my old methods like stretching, massages but these prove to be useless now. If anyone has some advice I would love to hear it and try it all. Thank-you

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52 Torie December 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

You have been extremely helpful to me. Im almost 5 months now. I was scarred that I was the only one who had all of that happen. I’ve been having nose bleeds. I think I’ve been feeling the baby move around but I’m not sure. This is all exciting and confusing at the same time. Also I’m pretty positive that my due date is off by a month. Has this happened to any one else?

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