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How Will Your Baby And Body Develop When You’re 14 Weeks Pregnant

How Will Your Baby And Body Develop When You’re 14 Weeks Pregnant

You are 14 weeks pregnant, congratulations!

During this time, your baby is about 3 1/2 inches long from head to toes. He is about the size of a lemon and is about 1 1/2 ounces in weight. Your baby can do many new things this week. He can squint, frown, grimace, pee, and suck his thumb. There will also be a lot of developments in your baby’s physical structure that are expected to occur at 14 weeks. His kidneys will now be producing urine which he releases in his amniotic sac, his liver starts to produce bile and his spleen will assist in the production of red blood cells. This is also the same time that his arms and feet are more likely active and flexible.

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As you get to 14 weeks of pregnancy, this is the initial stages of your second trimester. By this time, you should feel your energy returning. Most nauseous feeling will slowly start to fade away and morning sickness should come to an end. As for your breast, it may feel less tender and your baby bump can now be seen. This is a very exciting time for you and your  partner.

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14 weeks pregnant

    In a poll made by BabyCenter, 64% of mothers-to-be said they wanted to know the sex of their baby. Many others also want to keep it a secret until their baby is born. So, what are the benefits of either of the two decisions?

    The advantages of finding out your baby’s gender are great! One is, many women feel that they develop a deeper bond with their baby once they know the sex. Being able to picture your child in this early stage of pregnancy is awesome. Mothers also believe that this is a good way to prepare an older sibling for the coming of his/her little brother or sister. Narrowing down the lists of your baby names and being able to pick a gender-specific nursery theme or baby clothes could also be the advantages of knowing your baby’s sex.

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    On the other hand, if you are someone who wants to be different than the norm, then waiting to find out your baby’s gender until the day s/he is born might suit you. Expect an amazing surprise by the time your baby comes out! Being unable to know your baby’s gender can motivate you during the hardest parts of labor. If you ever decide to go this way and wait to know, consider keeping the price tags on baby clothes. Ultrasounds can also be fallible at determine finding out your baby’s sex.

    If by this point in time, you still have not yet dedicated yourself to a regular workout, then now is the perfect time to start. You can build up a community of support from fellow mothers-to-be if you participate in prenatal classes. You can join in prenatal yoga or Pilates classes, a walking group or a dance class designed for pregnant women. If the sound of excercise overwhelms you then you may want to consider simply walking. The greatest benefit of sticking out to an exercise regime is that it helps you manage you breathing while you are in labor and it will also make your delivery less strenuous for you and your baby. Always consult your doctor before starting an exercise regime while pregnant.

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    This should be an enjoyable time for you. You are making many decisions and may feel that there isn’t enough time for everything. Remember to relax, get as much sleep as you feel you need and try to enjoy each day of your pregnancy. Before you know it your little bundle of joy will be here!

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    Published on January 30, 2019

    How to Support a Working Mother as a Working Father

    How to Support a Working Mother as a Working Father

    In roughly 60 percent of two-parent households with children under the age of 18, both parents work full time. But who takes time off work when the kids are sick in your house? And if you are a manager, how do you react when a man says he needs time to take his baby to the pediatrician?

    The sad truth is, the default in many companies and families is to value the man’s work over the woman’s—even when there is no significant difference in their professional obligations or compensation. This translates into stereotypes in the workplace that women are the primary caregivers, which can negatively impact women’s success on the job and their upward mobility.

    According to a Pew Research Center analysis of long-term time-use data (1965–2011), fathers in dual-income couples devote significantly less time than mothers do to child care.[1] Dads are doing more than twice as much housework as they used to (from an average of about four hours per week to about 10 hours), but there is still a significant imbalance.

    This is not just an issue between spouses; it’s a workplace culture issue. In many offices, it is still taboo for dads to openly express that they have family obligations that need their attention. In contrast, the assumption that moms will be on the front lines of any family crisis is one that runs deep.

    Consider an example from my company. A few years back, one of our team members joined us for an off-site meeting soon after returning from maternity leave. Not even two hours into her trip, her husband called to say that the baby had been crying nonstop. While there was little our colleague could practically do to help with the situation, this call was clearly unsettling, and the result was that her attention was divided for the rest of an important business dinner.

    This was her first night away since the baby’s birth, and I know that her spouse had already been on several business trips before this event. Yet, I doubt she called him during his conferences to ask child-care questions. Like so many moms everywhere, she was expected to figure things out on her own.

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    The numbers show that this story is far from the exception. In another Pew survey, 47 percent of dual-income parents agreed that the moms take on more of the work when a child gets sick.[2] In addition, 39 percent of working mothers said they had taken a significant amount of time off from work to care for their child compared to just 24 percent of working fathers. Mothers are also more likely than fathers (27 percent to 10 percent) to say they had quit their job at some point for family reasons.

    Before any amazing stay-at-home-dads post an angry rebuttal comment, I want to be very clear that I am not judging how families choose to divide and conquer their personal and professional responsibilities; that’s 100 percent their prerogative. Rather, I am taking aim at the culture of inequity that persists even when spouses have similar or identical professional responsibilities. This is an important issue for all of us because we are leaving untapped business and human potential on the table.

    What’s more, I think my fellow men can do a lot about this. For those out there who still privately think that being a good dad just means helping out mom, it’s time to man up. Stop expecting working partners—who have similar professional responsibilities—to bear the majority of the child-care responsibilities as well.

    Consider these ways to support your working spouse:

    1. Have higher expectations for yourself as a father; you are a parent, not a babysitter.

    Know who your pediatrician is and how to reach him or her. Have a back-up plan for transportation and emergency coverage.

    Don’t simply expect your partner to manage all these invisible tasks on her own. Parenting takes effort and preparation for the unexpected.

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    As in other areas of life, the way to build confidence is to learn by doing. Moms aren’t born knowing how to do this stuff any more than dads are.

    2. Treat your partner the way you’d want to be treated.

    I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard a man on a business trip say to his wife on a call something to the effect of, “I am in the middle of a meeting. What do you want me to do about it?”

    However, when the tables are turned, men often make that same call at the first sign of trouble.

    Distractions like this make it difficult to focus and engage with work, which perpetuates the stereotype that working moms aren’t sufficiently committed.

    When you’re in charge of the kids, do what she would do: Figure it out.

    3. When you need to take care of your kids, don’t make an excuse that revolves around your partner’s availability.

    This implies that the children are her first priority and your second.

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    I admit I have been guilty in the past of telling clients, “I have the kids today because my wife had something she could not move.” What I should have said was, “I’m taking care of my kids today.”

    Why is it so hard for men to admit they have personal responsibilities? Remember that you are setting an example for your sons and daughters, and do the right thing.

    4. As a manager, be supportive of both your male and female colleagues when unexpected situations arise at home.

    No one likes or wants disruptions, but life happens, and everyone will face a day when the troubling phone call comes from his sitter, her school nurse, or even elderly parents.

    Accommodating personal needs is not a sign of weakness as a leader. Employees will be more likely to do great work if they know that you care about their personal obligations and family—and show them that you care about your own.

    5. Don’t keep score or track time.

    At home, it’s juvenile to get into debates about who last changed a diaper or did the dishes; everyone needs to contribute, but the big picture is what matters. Is everyone healthy and getting enough sleep? Are you enjoying each other’s company?

    In business, too, avoid the trap of punching a clock. The focus should be on outcomes and performance rather than effort and inputs. That’s the way to maintain momentum toward overall goals.

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    The Bottom Line

    To be clear, I recognize that a great many working dads are doing a terrific job both on the home front and in their professional lives. My concern is that these standouts often aren’t visible to their colleagues; they intentionally or inadvertently let their work as parents fly under the radar. Dads need to be open and honest about family responsibilities to change perceptions in the workplace.

    The question “How do you balance it all?” should not be something that’s just asked of women. Frankly, no one can answer that question. Juggling a career and parental responsibilities is tough. At times, really tough.

    But it’s something that more parents should be doing together, as a team. This can be a real bonus for the couple relationship as well, because nothing gets in the way of good partnership faster than feelings of inequity.

    On the plus side, I can tell you that parenting skills really do get better with practice—and that’s great for people of both sexes. I think our cultural expectations that women are the “nurturers” and men are the “providers” needs to evolve. Expanding these definitions will open the doors to richer contributions from everyone, because women can and should be both—and so should men.

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