-The Best Period for Revitalization!
Now you have entered into the second trimester of pregnancy or in other words you are 13 weeks pregnant, the energy that you lost during the first weeks of pregnancy comes back to the initial level and the physical desires come back to normal.
A new energy replaces the dreadful feelings that you experienced during the initial weeks induces by symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness and tiredness.
Second trimester during the pregnancy is usually the smoothest period for most of the pregnant women.
The pregnancy honeymoon
You will notice great changes in yourself when you are 13 weeks pregnant. Second trimester of your pregnancy is usually referred to as the “honeymoon of the pregnancy”.
Your sexual energy is back to normal or even more. You may feel awkward or too fat to be attractive but you could not be more wrong. Men see the pregnant women differently and they are extremely attracted by their pregnancy glow.
13th week of pregnancy symptoms and physical changes that occur in your body
Till now various things have happened. You should feel proud of yourself for the hard work and your sacrifice. Quitting alcohol, tobacco, sodas, and lattes was not that easy so be proud of yourself.
The best of your pregnant days
This period is the great time to devote to yourself and your pregnancy.
The rate of miscarriage is almost nil during this time; so you can relax a bit now.
Don’t forget that every day during the pregnancy is a new opportunity to improve your exercise and eating habits. Your body and also your baby will thank you for this in the long run.
What to expect?
You will absolutely feel wonderful. You will not be subjected to any physical discomforts but, there is a chance of not so comfortable issues to appear during the later weeks of pregnancy.
You will notice less frequent urination, increased energy levels and less nausea. But, you can experience some conditions like back pain, swelling and heart burn.
Because of the increased size of the uterus during the thirteenth week of pregnancy, you may feel some abdominal aches. The ligaments that hold up your uterus stretch to hold the growing uterus. This condition is known as round ligament pain and happens mostly when you are about to get up or are changing your position on bed.
If you happen to experience this pain for more than a few minutes, you should not ignore it and consult your doctor immediately.
How do breasts change?
Your breast will continue to change throughout your pregnancy. Not only will you observe darkening of the areolas, but also you will notice that the veins in your breast are more prominent.
Some pregnant women can also get 13 weeks pregnant symptoms such as larger benign bumps on their breast.
Eating smart makes a smart baby
When you are in week 13 pregnancy, it becomes obvious to the world that you are eating for two.
However tempting eating all the time may seem, you must keep in mind that healthy snacks are a must, and keeping a disciplined nutrition will ensure that your baby gets all the right nutrients it needs.
Home-made fruit juice and whole wheat bread are just a few examples of what you should consider eating during pregnancy week 13.
Care you need to take when you are in week 13 pregnancy
Buy some maternity clothing to fit with the changes in your body. Take the necessary supplements along with healthy diet. Make sure that your little one gets enough vitamins and minerals like folic acid, iron, calcium and zinc. These vitamins are necessary for their healthy growth and development.
Sex during pregnancy
Continue doing the exercise and also don’t forget to rest enough. Sexual intercourse is perfectly normal during the pregnancy months.
Your baby is safely tucked in the amniotic sack and no harm can come to it. However, if you notice vaginal bleeding or any other type of related issues – although these happen extremely rare – you should visit your doctor.
Changes that occur in the fetus when you are 13 weeks pregnant
With 13 weeks pregnant ultrasound, you can observe your little baby grow. Among the 3 trimesters of pregnancy, this trimester is the most essential for your baby’s development.
The 13 week fetus is about the size of 2.5 to 3.5 inches in length and weighs about two ounces. By this week, the little hairs called lanugo, begin to grow throughout the baby’s body.
The little one’s amniotic sac increases in size and mass because it continues to fill up with more fluid. The placenta is bigger than the baby and its vital role increases in filtering the residues from the baby’s digestion.
Preparing for the life in the outside world
From this week onwards, your baby concentrates on developing and growing stronger in order to live outside of the uterus. The baby’s bones go through a very important change during this week. They harden further as the baby receives the calcium from your nutrition and supplements.
Your child’s eyes begin to move closer together when you are in week 13 pregnancy and they rest closely along the sides of their head. Your baby’s tiny pancreas begins to produce the insulin, which is essential to regulate the baby’s blood sugar levels later in its life. Your baby’s head will appear larger than the rest of its body at this time.
13 weeks pregnancy facts
Deciding about the tests
You need to decide whether Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP) screening test is essential or not. Usually, the test is to be taken between 15-18 weeks of pregnancy. This is a safe test and does not give any false results.
If your weight grows slowly because you are careful about what you eat, the risk of stretch marks appearing on the abdomen and hips is significantly reduced.
Light meat is perhaps the most important source of protein during the pregnancy weeks. Of the 340 grams of protein a pregnant woman should start consuming, starting with the 13th week of pregnancy, at least half should come from fish.
You are 13 weeks pregnant and now is the right time to fully start enjoying every moment of it!
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