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    In boys, the prostate gland is forming. In girls, the ovaries are moving into the pelvis.

    A close up of a fetus in the fourteenth week

    The thyroid gland is now producing hormones

    Teeny, tiny, little hormones.
    While many areas of your baby's body continue to refine, much of the development this week focuses on the reproductive system:

    • When you're 14 weeks pregnant, your baby is probably about the length of your clenched fist.
    • In boys, the prostate gland is forming. In girls, ovaries are moving into the pelvis from the abdominal area.
    • Your baby's thyroid gland is now working and producing hormones.
    • By now your baby's palate, or the roof of his mouth, has completely formed.
    • Your baby already might be growing body hair, called lanugo, which will temporarily keep him warm until fat accumulates.
    • His head will grow to four times its current size and increase 60 times in volume by birth.
    An orange fruit

    Your nutrition and health

    Convenient (yet healthy) is the name of the game.
    The more convenient the food, the more likely you'll reach for it first. Here are a couple of tips to help you make better food choices:

    • When you are at home, keep healthy choices within reach. The easier it is to grab something healthy, the more likely you’ll eat it.
    • When you’re away from home, bring a healthy snack choice with you to help you stay away from less healthy fare.

    Prepack your snacks

    To further reduce temptation at home or work, pack and keep your own nutritionally balanced snacks close at hand. Here are some healthy snack suggestions:

    • ½ ounce toasted almonds with dried cranberries or apricots
    • Peanut butter (or cheese) and crackers, and 1 cup of skim milk or low-fat yogurt
    • One orange or banana and 1 ounce of string cheese or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
    • One low-fat granola bar and 1 cup of orange juice
    An infant on his stomach playing with baby letter cubes

    Things to think about now

    Letting the cat out of the bag.
    As you get closer to childbirth In the months ahead, you’ll probably start making plans for you and your baby. Some things you should be thinking about:

    • Check out childbirth class options for later in your pregnancy.
    • Begin interviewing possible pediatricians.
    • Now would be an ideal time to examine your maternity and paternity policies at work, if you haven't already.
    • Begin looking at child-care options if you think you will need them. Daycare waiting lists can be years long.
    • Inform your supervisor and coworkers

    Here are some tips for sharing your news:

    • Tell your supervisor personally before you tell anyone else. If you are experiencing symptoms of morning sickness, or are starting to feel tired at work, you might want to inform your supervisor even sooner than you had planned.
    • Time your news carefully. If you have an upcoming salary review or are in the middle of a key project, you might want to wait until afterward to share your news.
    • Offer solutions for handling your workload while you're out, to help reinforce the idea that you know your job better than anyone else.

    What happens next week

    Heartburn, that’s what.
    While your baby is developing cute features like eyebrows and skin, you might develop heartburn.