You’re about entering the last week of first trimester. Risk of miscarriage is minimal after this trimester. A sigh of relief should come to you as most miscarriage up to 80% occurs before this week 12. There are still numerous of changes happening to both you and your baby. Below is what to expect.
How are you at 13 weeks pregnant?
At pregnant weeks 13, your uterus is on its steady growth. By this week, you should be able to feel the top of your belly just above your pelvic bones. As result of this development, you’ll probably start feeling sharp lower abdominal pains known as round ligament pain when you change in position or when getting up. The amazing thing, the pains are harmless. If you are having pain alongside with bleeding, fever or chills, coh bleeding, fever or chills, contact your health care provider.
During this 13th week, there is also a significant changes happening to your breast. The breasts start producing colostrums which serves as the bedrock of the real breast milk formation. The colostrums are usually yellow in color, thick and sticky. So expect breast linkage often unless you experience discomfort or pain. But there is nothing to worry about, it’s normal in pregnancy.
How is your baby at 13 weeks pregnant?
This week your little one growth is about the size of an egg. The baby intestines, which have spent past several weeks developing in the umbilical cord, are returning to the abdomen.
The tissues surrounding your baby’s arms, legs and head is gradually fortifying into bone. Your baby has even started producing urine in the amniotic fluid.
During the next several weeks between 16th to 20th weeks, you’ll be able to detect your baby’s gender through ultrasound. In your next prenatal appointment visit, you should able to hear the heartbeat of your baby with the use of a Doppler machine. If it’s possible for you get your personal one for home use, that will be a good ideal but note, it can be challenging and sometimes creates anxiety if you are to do it yourself.
What pregnancy symptoms to expect?
Most women who are still experiencing nausea or fatigue can look forward to decreasing symptoms in the upcoming weeks. Now that you’ve enter 2nd trimester, pregnancy hormones should have giving way as your baby placenta takes over production.
Your belly continues to grow up and pushing out of your pelvis. If you’re still used to wearing normal wardrobes, it’s time to start shopping for maternity clothes because the old clothes should be tighter by this week. You can also shop for new bra as your breasts becomes larger. Be sure to shop for elastic types and only buy one or two as your breasts may continues to expand before delivery.
Round ligament pains may still be face by some women, the good thing you should be more energize at 13 weeks pregnant. Some say 2nd trimester is a honeymoon break of pregnancy because most symptoms have given out. So it’s a time to enjoy yourself before entry third trimester where other couple of symptoms like back pain, swollen ankles, leg cramps and sleepless night may befall you.
Things to Do This Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
Although symptoms of morning sickness may still be lingering and this may cause you loss of appetite. All things being equal, you still need to keep a healthy pregnancy irrespective of what your situation. If you have not yet started having proper balanced diet, this is the right time to begin with the best kind of foods for you and your baby. You can direct your eating plan on foods that are rich in minerals, fat and vitamins. Introducing lean proteins, eggs, beans and oily fish into your diet is a good start to pregnancy improvement. Whole grain meals are vital as well. Just remember to keep of:
- Raw eggs.
2. Raw seafood, including sushi.
3. Seafood high in mercury.
4. Under-cooked meats.
5. Some herbal teas.
6. Unwashed fruits and vegetables.
7. Caffeine and alcohol.
8. Unpasteurized foods, which includes many soft cheeses.
9. Lunch meats, though these are generally considered safe if you heat them up before eating.
Engaging in walking, swimming, jogging, yoga, and light weights exercise are also best practices for healthy pregnancy. If you have not started yet speak with your doctor on an exercise routine plan.
When to Call Your Doctor
Make it a habit to call your doctor whenever you’re having abdominal or pelvic cramping, bleeding or spotting as this is seen to be signs of miscarriage, although probability of having a miscarriage at this week is lesser.
Anxiety, depression or excessive tiredness is also known to be factors contributing to low preterm birth, birth weight and postpartum depression development. Call your doctor when these entire event manifest.