14 weeks: Kicks?! {pregnancy update}

Previous updates:

I’m still not convinced that I’ll have something new to say every single week, but I’ll keep up the weekly updates until I don’t.  🙂

Baby and I are at 14 weeks today, and this time we have a recording of the heartbeat to share!  I get different results depending on whether I try to calculate the rate based on 6 seconds or 10 seconds.  What do you think?

heartbeat @ 14 weeks

For those concerned about possible side effects of doppler use, I’m only using it once/week or less, and will probably use it less when I start feeling a lot of kicks.

And speaking of kicks, when do you first start feeling movement?  I think I used to feel movement around 14-15 weeks, but with the last several pregnancies I haven’t felt distinct movement until much later – often 18 weeks or more.  My placenta always seems to plant itself right in front – it’s there again this time – and I think I have a little more padding and a lot more stretch on my tummy than I used to, so I’m just less sensitive to tiny legs poking around.  BUT I felt something that was very much like a tiny leg poking my belly from the inside on Saturday evening, and again on Sunday.  What do you think?  Compared to your first, do you tend to feel movement earlier or later with subsequent pregnancies?


I’m a quitter.  I did squats for about 3 days, then my back got very stiff and achy.  I’m not sure if it was caused by the squats or by spending a full day in heels carrying toddlers and larger children, but I was hurting.  I didn’t do any more squats after that, though I still intend to.  Did anyone else do them?  Did you make your goal?  Go ahead, make me look bad.  It will serve as motivation for me.  🙂

I did walk a mile yesterday on some very steep hills.  While 7yo Rachael trotted happily alongside me, I puffed and blew and struggled to put one foot in front of the other.  Maybe “trotted” is misleading.  We were barely crawling by the time we reached the top of the first hill.  I may not have gained weight yet, but I’ve definitely lost muscle in some key areas.  I had 2 thoughts when it was all over:

  1. I need exercise.
  2. I hate exercise.

What next?  I’m not about to make any commitments to walk that mile again soon, but there’s another route with much kinder hills.  Maybe, just maybe.  Whatever I do, I have to increase my activity level, and I probably shouldn’t wait until 5 weeks before my duedate like I did last time.  How do you get motivated to exercise?  If you’re one of those sick people who enjoy exercise, just sit on your hands and keep away from the keyboard.  😉

Belly pic

I’ve never done regular belly pics before, but I’ve enjoyed posting pics for several weeks now and I think it will be really fun to be able to look back at how Baby and I grew week by week.

I’m finally looking obviously pregnant, especially at the end of the day.  I wake up feeling relatively slim, but over the course of the day my back and abs tire, and by afternoon my belly feels huge – for 14 weeks, at least.  I know in a few weeks I’ll be out to here, but for now I’m enjoying the moderate rate of growth.  The kids were desperately hoping for twins this time but I keep telling them that I’m just not big enough.   Maybe I actually managed to regain some abdominal tone after the last pregnancy.  I don’t think I’m even as big as I usually am at this point, although that can change over the course of a few days!


14 weeks with #11!
I have to confess again that this dress is uber flattering.  If you think I don’t really look pregnant, you know why I like this dress so much.  I feel graceful and slim in it, even with a thickening waist and growing belly.  I plan to take all my weekly belly pics in this dress as long as I can fit into it because

a. It makes me feel pretty, and

b. I want a constant frame of reference.  If I switch to “regular” clothes for next week’s pic, we’ll all think I forgot to take pics for 6 or 8 weeks.

At 14 weeks:


  • Baby is 3.5″ long and weighs about 1.5 oz.
  • Baby has functioning kidneys.
  • Hair, eyebrows and languo develop.
  • Baby makes breathing movements.
  • more

What’s new in your pregnancy?  Did you show me up on my own challenge to exercise regularly over the last week?


  1. I felt my first little dude pretty early, but I didn’t feel my second little dude until several weeks later. I was blessed to feel a little flutter with our last baby just a few days before she went to Heaven (at 11 weeks).

    As for exercise, I strongly recommend music. As a board certified music therapist, I could tell you about how listening to music just before and during your work out engages your motor cortex and primes your muscles for movement. There’s a lot more science ad yadda, yadda, yadda, buyour don’t kreally need to go into all of that. If you choose music that inspires you, you’ll get an extra bonus from the mood enhancing qualities of music. Load up your mp3 player with a playlist or two that gets you going, plug in, and go-go-go!

    I would be remiss if I did not also mention the awesome benefits of letting your baby listen to music before birth. In addition to supporting brain development, it’s a great way to bond with baby before you meet him/her. And, listening to the same music after baby is born can help with calming and receiving stress (for both of you!)

  2. I count 140 going by 6 seconds, and 144 going by 10 seconds, which I think is pretty close to the same. 🙂

    I felt #1 kicking around 18 weeks, #2 around 16 weeks, and I’ve been almost positive for the last 2 or 3 weeks I’ve felt movement this time already (so starting around 12 weeks?!).

  3. Patti WIley says:

    My daughter-in-law, Kate (Sam’s wife) has this you tube video on her FB page about Yoga during pregnancy. Even if you’ve never tried yoga, t is surprisingly a lot of exercise that is easy and fun. Here is the link:

    Patti from Ohio

  4. Meghan V. says:

    I did squats a couple of days (only about 10 or so) and one day I tried to do more but was really sore. I think that means I need to do more! 😀
    I had a midwife appointment yesterday and I was 24 wks 5days. I’ve been feeling movement for quite awhile now so I can’t remember when it started. My midwife said the last two visits I’ve consistently measured a cm smaller…I’m hoping that means that baby #3 won’t be 9lbs+ like his/her brother! 😀

  5. You look great as always! I have now hit 28 weeks so am officially in my 3rd trimester and 6 weeks on Friday I get to finish work woo hoo! I have been off sick (again!) my work love me but Midwife was happy with me on Monday as was concerned about Baby. I LOVE hearing the heartbeat, it makes it so real. Regards feeling movement, I still dont feel much to be honest, I think my baby is just a bit laidback. Hopefully that bodes well for baby sleeping when he or she is here! Regards exercise I try to walk about 5 miles a week but other than that I am very very lazy but really need to pick up before the end of this pregnancy. Looking forward to reading next weeks update 🙂

  6. Kim,

    These are really enjoyable, lovely posts! And, I LOVE the dress. You should take a pattern from it.

    In Him


  7. I’m sure you have no control over the unendorsed links on the right….links to cheap cigarettes, divorce lawyers, and stories about Jenny mccarthy being gorgeous? 😛

    • Cherish, thanks for letting me know. I had no idea! I actually do have some control but wasn’t actively managing those links because I never had trouble with inappropriate ones before – at least, not that I know of.

  8. My 5th baby is 3 months old. I don’t feel kicks until around week 18. It was much earlier with my first babies. I had gestational diabetes with my last, so, exercise was a must for me to keep my glucose under control without meds. I did hoe downs.
    Loved the benefits of the hoe downs so much, I ended up buying her basic plus workout video (15 min) and do it four or five days a week.

  9. With the puffing and panting on your walk, how much do you think is loss of muscle tone and how much do you think is strictly pregnancy related? I’ve only had two children, but with each pregnancy, I’ve noticed shortness of breath pretty much from the onset of pregnancy symptoms–before my activity level decreases.

    I’m curious what more experienced moms have to say about that phenomenon.

    • We didn’t have stairs with my first two, but with my last two, we did, and I was always out of breath when I got to the top (when pregnant), or with any other exertion!

    • Rachel,
      I do get shortness of breath almost right away – I agree with you on that part. But I also noticed that my legs were dying on the uphill, and that definitely felt like muscle weakness. I can also *see* the loss of muscle – or at least muscle tone – over the past couple of months.

  10. I’m just here to say that I’m 32 weeks pregnant (first baby, yay!) and terrible at exercising! I just felt so awful for the first four months and I totally wasn’t prepared for that mentally. I think that next time I’ll know a little better what to expect. But now that I’m getting closer and not asleep for 3/4 of my life, I’m trying to be more active because I’ve realized that I really do feel better when I get up and do something like garden, go for a quick walk, etc.

    Also, like I said, I’m a first time mom and I felt the baby move for sure at 22 weeks. Looking back, I think I felt her before that, but I just didn’t know it at the time!

  11. I usually feel the first kicks at about 13 weeks, I think. Hooray for kicks! I wish I’d thought to get belly pics for my blog, but then, I’m kind of a tub anyway, so there’s more belly than baby most of the time anyway. It’s just not the same when you’re already plump. 7 weeks to go! You think maybe I should start exercising now? 😉

  12. I tend to feel movement early in general – always around 14 weeks, but this time it took a little longer, I think just because I was too busy to notice!

    Re: squats. It’s possible the back pain is caused by doing squats incorrectly. I know we all think we know how to do a squat, but most of us chair sitting grown folks don’t! We have to take a cue from our youngest child: they squat with their shins straight up and down, not bent forward, and booty sticking out, not tucked in. VERY challenging for anyone over young childhood to do. I’ve learned a lot about proper squat (and why it’s better to do 3 proper squats a day than 100 improper) at this site: http://www.katybowman.com She has videos and wonderful info for pregnant woman (and everyone) to help them warm up to squatting.

    Highly recommend it!

    I’m 25 weeks now so a little ahead of you, but I’ve been following your weekly updates with interest 🙂 n

    • Ack! Wrong link! Katy Bowman is her name, but the website is http://www.alignedandwell.com – sorry.

    • Carrie,
      I did check how to do them before I started – and I’ve done them under supervision at a gym, too – so I don’t think form was the problem. But I do think I probably started out with too many. After a couple months of inactivity, it might not have been a great idea to start out doing 100/day in sets of 30 or more. 🙂 I have a tendency to make that type of mistake.

      • Certainly it could!

        When you mentioned back pain I had to mention Katy’s site. This is the first pregnancy that I have NOT experienced back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain… and I think it’s mostly due to following Katy’s recommendations and doing some of her exercise routines.

        Incidentally I used to be quite the gym rat a couple years back and did lots of squats with weights, also with a trainer who was the owner of the gym… but he didn’t have the knowledge of body alignment that Katy does, so I was probably not doing them in proper form even with his help. Turns out my 20 month old is a better trainer. Toddlers are perfect squatters. 🙂

  13. I think I read first time mums feel kicking around 20 weeks, and after that mums feel it around 14 weeks.

    I felt kicking the first time about 16 weeks but I’m very sensitive. This time? Well, I’m 12.5 weeks and I’m sure I felt a few flutters, but I may be imagining it.

    • 15 and 9.5 for my two.

    • My first I didn’t feel until about 18 weeks, but my second I definitely felt at 13 weeks. I was at a pretty low weight for me at the start of that pregnancy and baby 2 was a very active baby. I have a a home doppler too and at 13 weeks when we got the first good heartbeat recording baby was kicking at the doppler, so I could feel and hear it at the same time. I used the doppler similarly to Kim about once a week until I felt a lot of movement and then I used it pretty rarely.

      This 3rd pregnancy I felt movement around 15 weeks, right in the middle of the other two.

  14. Not much new is happening here…Exhausted all the time and very weepy. We’re at 35+ weeks, so about 12 more days until I can have this baby at home. I am so ready! The baby has dropped and the braxton hicks are becoming a bit painful and more frequent.

    Does anyone else start to feel anti-social at the end? Making conversation is mentally tiring and everyone is always asking how much longer or how I am feeling. I’d much rather stay home and be surrounded by just my family. Even going to church is getting hard. (worship is encouraging, but conversations not so much). Please tell me I’m not the only one!

    • You’re not the only one. I get kinda like a mama cat. I start lining my box in the closet with old rags and hiss and spit at anyone who tries to touch me. 😉

    • Sheri, You are not the only one. I have 5 children and I was like that at the end of all of my pregnancies. I remember with my first staying home from church in tears because I just couldn’t take the conversations anymore (he was born a week later.) I usually quit answering the phone around 38 weeks. Like you said, I just don’t want to talk about the fact that I am still pregnant when I would much rather NOT be anymore. (Of course, most people are genuinely trying to be kind and well meaning. I’m not sure that makes it any less annoying when you are the one who is pregnant.) Many blessings to you on you upcoming delivery!

  15. HeatherHH says:

    I’m on pregnancy #7, and I pretty consistently don’t feel movement until at least close to 20 weeks. This time I died of shock when I felt baby moving at 17 weeks! I’m not overweight, so I don’t have that common explanation. I seem to feel below average amounts of movement in pregnancy in general. I think I’m missing some sensors in my abdominal region, or am just a completely oblivious person 😉

    I’m 32 weeks along. I’m taking a 1.5 mile walk 6 days a week. I don’t have much choice on whether or not to exercise. I have to exercise and take cinnamon supplements to keep my blood sugar levels in the clear. The last 2 pregnancies it’s worked. The pregnancy before, when I first had GD, I wasn’t exercising and ended up on insulin. Exercise is mandatory!!!

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