Congratulations – 13 weeks pregnant is when you are in the end of the first trimester and are at the beginning of the second trimester! This week, you feel a little better than you have been as well as start thinking that pregnancy is not bad at all. Just breathe a sigh of relief, since miscarriage rates significantly reduce after this week. Actually, more than more than 80 percent of losses take place before the 12-week mark. However, there are still a lot of things that go on with both of your body and your baby during this stage. Keep reading to know more what you can expect.
13 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
In addition to the placenta that takes over the production of hormones, your morning sickness may decrease greatly. However, some women still experience it for longer. Do not gain weight, due to morning sickness and fatigue? Then, you can start to do now, although weight gain mostly occurs after week 20. The hormone changes make you feel less tired and have more energy. In addition, your womb also moves upwards during 13 weeks pregnant development. Therefore, there is no need to urinate as often as before because it will not press on your bladder.
Some mamas-to-be can experience an increased sex drive, while others do not. Both of these cases are quite normal. Unless your healthcare provider advises you to refrain from sexual intercourse during pregnancy, due to certain medical conditions, just do it if you want. That’s because sex will do no harm to your baby.
Week 13 is also a citrus fruit time for you. Your uterus has the size of a grapefruit. Some women can feel heavy when sitting down or at the end of the day. Still feel nauseous? Then, it is wise to eat 5-6 smaller meals per day, instead of restricting yourself to the standard 3. Don’t wait too long before you eat. Try to keep your blood sugar at a balanced and steady level. It is said that pregnant women who are carrying a boy have a tendency to eat more than those who are carrying a girl.
13 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
At 13 weeks pregnant, you may notice that your earlier symptoms start to fade. This is when you can find yourself in a pleasant state before officially experiencing your second trimester. If nausea and exhaustion have ever plagued you for a long time, these diminishing symptoms can reduce in the coming weeks. What you may experience during this week are:
- Increased energy
- Diminished nausea or exhaustion
- Round ligament pain
- Leaky breasts
13 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
How is my baby at 13 weeks pregnant? He/she is at about 7-8cm from head to toe – roughly the size of a peapod and weighing about 23g–25g. While his/her head remains proportionally bigger than the body for longer, it does catch up as the fetus continues to grow.
Although the brain still matures, the external surface becomes smooth during the next several weeks. This week, his/her brain has 2 or even 3 different layers in the cerebral cortex. How about cartilage? It is changing into bone. From the 12th week, his/her bone marrow produces white blood cells, which are ready to fight off infection after birth. Plus, the ribs are also formed to protect the organs, while the fetus has much room to move safely around in the amniotic fluid.
The unborn angel might already have his/her unique set of fingerprints. Intend to have an ultrasound scan this week? Then you can feel he/she is sucking a thumb. Though he/she is able to put a thumb into his/her mouth, the baby is not ready to create sucking motions.
Expectant mothers must wait a bit longer for the external genitals to mature before fully establishing the gender of the baby. Nevertheless, the good news here is that the internal reproductive organs have already been formed. If your little one is a princess, then she will have about 2 million eggs in her ovaries at this stage. But, only half of them will be viable by birth.
The kid is now preparing his/her vocal chords from the 12th week. One of the most interesting and surprising noises you will ever hear is his/her first cry – a mix between longing and relief to calm them. To be sure, there will be times when you can want such vocal chords not to work as well as they do.
What should you do?
Don’t fret if you have felt sick up until this stage of your pregnancy. To be sure, it is never too late to start balanced and healthy eating habits that should nourish both of your baby and body. Make sure to pay attention to whole foods that contain a lot of minerals, vitamins, and good fats. A fine way to start the new day is to eat whole grain toast with peanut butter. Berries are fruits high in antioxidants. These make an incredible snack. Furthermore, don’t forget to incorporate lean protein from eggs, oily fish and beans into your meals. What should expectant moms avoid? These include:
- Raw seafood, like sushi
- Undercooked meats
- Seafood high in Mercury
- Unpasteurized foods that contain many soft kinds of cheese
- Lunch meats. Ensure to heat them up before eating
- Raw eggs
- Unwashed fruits and vegetables
- Some herbal teas
- Caffeine and alcohol
Exercise is still strongly recommended at 13 weeks pregnant. Talk with your doctor about your type of exercise. Swimming, walking, yoga, jogging, and other light weights are all wonderful options. This week is an ideal time to start looking for alternatives to abdominal exercises. In that case, sit-ups will be suitable which that require you to lie flat on your back.
Never think that you are now “eating for 2.” A perfect weight gain during pregnancy is from 10 to 12 kilograms. Keep in mind that it is the quality, instead of the quantity of food you need to be careful about. Always be sensible about what you put into your mouth.