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As you continue on this exciting 40-week journey, your baby’s arms are nearly the length they will be on delivery day. The natural contour of your baby’s neck area is emerging while the spleen is diligently creating red blood cells.

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Ovarian follicles are now developing and moving from the abdominal area into the pelvic area in girls, while the prostate is developing and becoming visible in the boys.

Your baby’s tiny thyroid is now busy producing essential hormones. The growth of the roof of the mouth (palate) is now finished.

Did you know your baby will have body hair called lanugo that will begin covering your baby? It will usually vanish by birth. Although the precise purpose of lanugo is a mystery, it is thought that it may provide your baby with warmth until fat accrues. Another possibility is that it holds in place the polished coating, vernix caseosa, which will envelop your baby’s body around Week 19.

How exciting is week 14!

Sarah L. Hosker

Author: Sarah L. Hosker

Sarah Hosker is a paralegal in Chicago, Illinois. Her interest in raising pregnancy awareness sparked when, in the summer of 2009, she learned of the passing of her niece less than a month before her due date. Together with friends and family, she Co-founded Project Alive & Kicking (PAK). Sarah is committed to volunteer work in the community and is an active member of at St. Teresa of Avila Parish. She also enjoys traveling, beachcombing, antiquing, visiting museums, photography, following the English Premier League and is a fan of the University of Georgia (UGA) football team. Sarah lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, Ali.

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