13 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Look for some comfortable, stylish clothes to accommodate your baby bump
- Enjoy the beginning of your second trimester, when you may have more energy and less nausea
- Think about sharing your big news with your wider circle of family and friends
Welcome to the second trimester! Many women describe the next few months as the honeymoon period of pregnancy. The discomforts of the first trimester — fatigue, nausea, frequent urination — ease up a bit and you finally start to enjoy being pregnant. Many women even feel a surge of energy during this trimester.
The producers. Now that your little one has developed all of the critical body structures, the organs are hard at work. The liver secretes bile, the pancreas produces insulin, and the kidneys form urine to carry waste away (into the amniotic fluid). The urine is excreted into the amniotic fluid. Your little one’s intestines, which have partially resided in the umbilical cord, have moved back into the abdomen now that there’s enough room to accommodate them.
Head case. Your little one’s head takes half of the total body length, thanks to all that brain development. Over the next few months, the body will grow at breakneck speed to catch up. When your baby is born, the head will be only a quarter of the total length.
Your Baby’s Development
Your placenta has developed and is providing your baby with oxygen, nutrients, and waste disposal. The placenta also makes the hormones progesterone and estrogen, which help to maintain the pregnancy.Watch Your Baby Grow
By now, the baby’s eyelids have fused together to protect the eyes as they develop. Once you take your newborn home, you might be wishing for those eyes to close once in a while so you can get some rest!
Your baby might be able to put a thumb in his or her mouth this week, although the sucking muscles aren’t completely developed yet.
At your first prenatal appointment, your health care provider probably gave you a prescription for prenatal vitamins. Taking these supplements, in addition to eating a healthy diet, ensures your baby gets needed vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid, zinc, iron, and calcium, which aid growth and development. Talk to your pharmacist about the best way to take your vitamins (such as whether they should be taken with food).
Pregnancy symptoms at 13 weeks
At the end of this week, you’ll have completed your first trimester. This means that those early pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness and sore breasts, will soon start to ease off.
Your bump will start to emerge over the next few weeks as your womb (uterus) continues to expand. As your baby gets bigger, the extra weight may put a strain your back and pelvis. These simple pregnancy exercises will help to strengthen and protect these areas. Try to find a few moments each day to do them.
What you need to know at 13 weeks pregnant
- As feelings of nausea and tiredness start to become a distant memory, it’s perfectly normal to worry about whether you’re still pregnant. Strange as it sounds, you may even find that you miss these little reminders that you’re expecting!
- Take time to focus on some of the wonderful symptoms of pregnancy. You’re probably starting to get that pregnancy glow and your hair will be feeling fuller and more luxurious. Allowing yourself to feel good about your pregnant body will help to take your mind off any worries you may be having.
- If you do have any concerns about your health, or your baby’s health, you can always give your midwife a call. She’ll be expecting you to ask questions as your pregnancy progresses.