What to Expect when You’re 13 weeks pregnant
At 13 weeks pregnant, your baby has grown rapidly in the last week and is now around three inches long and weighs close to one ounce. All of his or her finer details are developing – even fingerprints! The body’s growth begins to catch up with the head, which is now about a third of the total body area. If it is a female baby, there will already be more than 2 million eggs in her little ovaries.
If it’s your first pregnancy, your belly will “pop” at any time from week 13 onwards and your pregnancy will be showing. If it’s your second or a subsequent pregnancy, it tends to happen a little sooner.
Common Symptoms when You’re 13 Weeks Pregnant
This is the final week of your first pregnancy trimester and the unpleasant symptoms of early pregnancy, like nausea and tiredness, will have eased. Although you may find that you suffer from constipation or heartburn.
For many women, the end of the third pregnancy month marks the beginning of a period of relative comfort and energy compared to early pregnancy. You may also find that your sex drive is dramatically increased!
Pregnancy Week 13 To Do List
Enrol in antenatal birth classes so that you can learn from the experts about what to expect throughout the rest of your pregnancy through to your delivery. Even though it’s easy to find a wealth of information on pregnancy websites, face to face learning and instant, personalized answers to your many questions are invaluable.
The other benefit of childbirth classes is that you’ll meet a group of other women going through the same stages as you. They’ll become your coffee group, play group and sanity savers when your baby arrives.
Right throughout your pregnancy timeline, make sure you’re communicating with your partner and sharing the journey with him. Men can often feel a bit superfluous during their partner’s pregnancies but it is a wonderful time for talking, getting closer, and planning for parenthood.
We’ve said this in every single week so far, but it is absolutely essential to keep up your pregnancy fitness, even when you’re feeling uncomfortable or tired. Regular exercise during pregnancy has all sorts of benefits including healthier blood flow, better-regulated moods and a higher rate of energy.
Get to know the pregnancy signs and symptoms that are safe and normal and those that are cause for concern. Have the number of your pregnancy center, obstetrician, or midwife on hand and don’t be afraid to call anytime you are worried.
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Not only do you learn essential knowledge about labor and delivery at these classes, you’ll also meet people going through the same things as you, so you can share pregnancy stories and advice. Many women keep the friends they make at antenatal classes for life.
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