Well, look at you! Three months of pregnancy almost behind you, the first trimester is about to be over. As always, we have things to keep in mind during the 13 weeks pregnant to continue a smooth ride throughout this experience.
So, how is your body changing at thirteen weeks of pregnancy?
Chances are, you haven’t tried any maternity clothes on just yet, but with your regular clothes getting tighter, you should have thought of going with more comfortable attire. Take a look at your abdomen area, breasts, hips, and buttocks. You should be noticing some stretch marks by now.
We come at a point where morning sickness is becoming more and more of a minuscule part of the day, that is if it’s still ever bothering you. What might still be a pain in the neck for you is heartburn from now and then.
One noticeable change in your body by now could be related to your breasts. At this time, they could appear to be larger and may even feel lumpy or nodular. This is, of course, a result of the preparation of the mammary ducts for mil production.
One other notable change to the breasts can be the appearance of veins in the lower area of the skin covering them. In addition to that, the formation of colostrums should begin at the end of the first trimester. For those who don’t know, it’s the first form of milk produced by the mammary glands,and it can be expressed when messaging the nipple.
What is going on with your baby?
As far as you’ve come, the baby is still characterized by a dominant head when it comes to size, but that should start to change. It should begin to have the size of only 1/3 of the entire body. What’s also exciting is that fingerprints are starting to show up on the baby’s fingers. In addition to that, we have the complete functioning of the kidney and the entire urinary tract. This will lead to the excretion of the amniotic fluid from your baby’s body. Another cool fact is at this time, your baby’s skin would be covered by what’s called a lanugo, which is a fine, soft hair.
How big is your baby at 13 Weeks Pregnant?
At around 13 weeks of being pregnant, your baby should be almost at the length of 3 ¾ inches (9.5 centimeters) and weighs about 1 ¼ ounces (about 35 grams).
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A plan for a healthy thirteenth week Pregnancy
As the first trimester comes to a close, a woman in your shoes might notice an increase in libido. Now at this point, you may be wondering whether or not having sex while you are pregnant is safe or not, as commonly asked. It’s important to realize that the baby surrounded by the amniotic fluid of the womb, which protects it, alongside your own abdomen and the mucus plug sealing the cervix and guarding against infection. So yes, for most, it is okay to have sexual intercourse during pregnancy.
However, it is not always the case. The following are reasons that should discourage you from having sex:
- Having gone into labor or birth prematurely before
- Having a history or miscarriage in the past
- The fact that your water might have broke
- The experience of any unexplained bleeding from the vagina or any discharge.
- Having what’s known as placenta previa, or a very low-lying placenta
- Having an incompetent cervix, or having it be dilated
- The possibility that you or your partner have any sexually transmitted diseases
Some tips for a better pregnancy
Stretch marks are not a rarity, 90% of all pregnant women experience them. They may appear going down your abdomen area,and/or breasts looking like reddish or pinkish lines. Of course, trying to manage the rate of gaining weight and slowing it down can help decrease the probability of them showing up and ease off the intensity of their appearance. It also goes without saying that it should be a very healthy way of living for you and your baby.
Doing exercises and applying lotions with vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acid in them can additionally help out with preventing the appearance of stretch marks. And in the case that these remedies do not show any result, you sleep well knowing that stretch marks disappear after delivery.
Anyway, always remember to verify first with your healthcare provider before any usage of over-the-counter products that are aimed at treating stretch marks, be it lotions or anything else. Because some of these products can be absorbed into the bloodstream of the mother through the skin, which means that they can very well get to the baby.
Tips for your partner
This may sound weird and out of place, but please make sure to fill up the car with gas instead of leaving the task for the pregnant lady. That’s because she might be sensitive to gas fumes as many pregnant women are. And even if she’s not, any help is always appreciated.