Congratulations on getting through the toughest part of your pregnancy mommy! The first trimester is when your body submitted to the fatigue, nausea and everyday morning sickness (there are lucky ones, though, who didn’t go through that). Now that you are on your 13th week, your body shall feel free from being lethargic, and lost in appetite. You will regain your energy and you can function well enough like you did pre-conception. What else do you need to know when you are 13 weeks pregnant? Here are some more information.
Your Baby at 13 Weeks
Mommy, your baby just keeps on getting bigger! Right now, he/she is about 3 inches, a size of a pear and would probably be weighing around nearly an ounce. As the fetus is growing, the body is catching up on the size of the head. The legs are still a bit shorter compared to the arms that are on its final form, but it will keep on catching up. If you try to get an ultrasound, you may notice that the head is larger than the body, but as you already know, a little sooner and it will be proportional to each other.
The bones in the arms and legs are getting stronger and stronger as they grow. They also now have fingerprints at the tip of their hands.
Their reflexes just developed, and besides flinching and kicking, the muscles in the cheeks can now perform a sucking movement. This is when your baby starts to thumb suck, which you will still witness after you have given birth. Additional movements they can are capable of are swallowing, yawning and hiccupping.
While the body is growing bigger, the intestines now have the chance to go to its permanent place in the abdomen area. Most of the organs are functioning now, including the urinary tract system, which enables your little live pear to urinate the amniotic sac fluid it has taken in. The pancreas is also producing insulin now. Your baby’s vocal chords are also on its way.
If you are having a baby girl, by now it would have 2 million ovaries, which will decrease in number as she gets older.
Your baby will just keep on growing as the rest of his/her body reach maturity. You are able to feel it as your belly gets bigger from here on out.
Your Body at 13 Weeks
As you enter the second trimester, you now look like you really are pregnant! You will start regaining your energy, with the morning sickness and nausea out of your way. Maybe you can finally indulge on food (please let those be fruits and vegetables) that you cannot eat when you were having your morning nausea. Your hormones are still unstable, so it may cause some headache and dizziness. Try not to stand up quickly to avoid lightheadedness. The increased number of hormones will also tend to make your breasts more tender. There is an increase in blood flow as well that’s why your veins may appear more visible. Do not worry, it will go back to its original state.
Your body will begin to change, being 13 weeks pregnant, your belly will continue to get bigger. This also marks the beginning of expecting the first movements of your baby. It is possible, though, that you may feel bloated at times so just keep on eating healthy food. But you have to know that overeating will make you gain weight and can make your tummy more visible. And since the uterus is expanding and is taking up space inside, you may experience some abdominal pain.
Although you have your energy back, you are still bound to feel some uneasiness like these:
Heartburn – Your muscles tend to relax on your pregnancy, so digestive acids have access to go up your esophagus, which can make you feel some chest pains. Mommies can avoid this by not ingesting the following: alcohol, coffee, spicy and fatty food. These, of course, are basically unhealthy for pregnant women in the first place.
Constipation – As the muscles relax, bowel muscles relaxes too, that leads to constipation. Naturally, to help regulate your bowel movement, when you feel you are constipated, simply increase your consumption of food that is high in fiber. It’s uncomfortable enough that you are pregnant, but you also need to be constipated? Let’s try to avoid that, mommies-to-be.
Vaginal Discharge – You will still experience having some harmless vaginal discharge. This is due to the crazy hormones inside you, and while they are still going crazy, keep some panty liners in tow for sanitation.
Breathlessness – You may sometimes feel like you are out of breath. This is because your uterus is stretching out for the baby, your lungs may feel pressured and you would have a hard time breathing. Relax, mommy. Take it easy.
Your Activities at 13 Weeks
If you have been working out even before, it is safe to do some exercise again, but it is better to get a go signal from your doctor. Some women have sensitive and difficult pregnancies, so make sure first. Just don’t consider taking horseback riding or cycling as a hobby, as it is a no-no for you.
Having a well-balanced diet is great not only for your baby inside, but also for your undeniably pregnant body. If you eat too much, your body will easily respond and will stretch you out. What else would come after that? Stretch marks! No woman wants that, right?
You and your partner may enjoy this piece of information: there is no need to postpone any sexual activities, as long as you are in good condition. For some women who lost their sex drive on the first trimester, the second trimester opens up the gates for the drive to return. You are free to still be intimate with each other even when you are 13 weeks pregnant.
This is the time that you can finally enjoy your pregnancy! There are certain constraints, but they are manageable anyway. You will feel more normal compared to the first three months after conception. Be more comfortable with your pregnancy, mommy!