Weekly Update: What’s happening when you are 13 weeks pregnant?

13 weeks pregnant

The to-be mommy is officially in the last week of the first trimester. It’s been an intense journey for the couple, marked with plenty of dramatic changes for the mom as well as baby, and a fair share of anxieties. But isn’t it just remarkable that you have sailed through one-third of your pregnancy completing your 12th week of pregnancy! Want to know about all the development taking place in this week? Read on to find out.

13 weeks pregnant - Signs and Symptoms

By the time week 13 rolls in, you’ll notice a shift in your symptoms. This is considered to be the least symptomatic week during pregnancy. Your morning sickness as well as fatigue have vanished. As a result, the headaches will have reduced too. Overall, this is an extremely relaxing week, mainly because the placenta has finally taken over hormone producing duties. So, your body doesn’t need to work overtime to produce hormones crucial for the baby’s growth and development. Don’t worry about the sudden disappearance of these symptoms, it only means your baby is developing well.

Many women experience a sudden increase in their sex drive during this week, owing to an increase in blood flow towards your pelvic region. Increase in blood flow may cause mild nosebleeds, bleeding gums, and the veins to appear more prominently.
If you and your partner are sexually active, you may experience mild spotting to sensitivity in the pelvic area. This isn’t cause for concern. However, if you’re facing heavy bleeding, call your doctor immediately.

13 weeks pregnant - What’s happening to the baby?

Your baby is the size of an egg around this time. That means, it’s around 7.5 cm long and weighs about 23 grams.
Your placenta is growing to continue to provide for your ever-growing baby.
The baby’s vocal chords are developing during this week. As a result, it can actually taste all the food you’re having. Interestingly, this can greatly influence your baby’s food and flavour preferences later in life! So, eat well!
The kidneys are fully functioning, which means your baby is peeing and eliminating waste now. The baby has also fully developed distinct facial features. The pancreas, gall bladder and thyroid are functioning. The bone marrow is continuing with the production of immunity-building white blood cells.
While you may not feel it or notice anything yet, your tiny human is performing water aerobics like a pro. There’s a flurry of hand and leg movements to exercise those newly formed muscles. The baby is also yawning and hiccupping to strengthen its diaphragm.

13 weeks pregnant - What should the expecting mother be doing?

This is the week you’ll feel more energetic than you have in a while. This is the perfect time to try a new exercise that’s safe for pregnant women – such as swimming or low-impact yoga. These exercises will stimulate blood flow, help you maintain flexibility as well as ensure overall mental and physical well-being.

It is crucial that you maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy. You can start gaining weight, slowly and healthily in order to support the baby as well as your own body. Ideally, you should be getting 300 calories more than what you consumed before pregnancy. To this effect, your daily diet should include plenty of proteins (eggs, pumpkin, sesame, nuts, beans, tomatoes, peas and wholegrain), iron (spinach, lentils and doctor-prescribed iron supplements), calcium (dairy products, kale, broccoli, tofu, chia seeds, celery) and healthy fats (avocados, dark chocolate, whole eggs, olive oil).

Hydration is important, despite your constant urge to pee. Speaking of peeing, keep an eye on the colour of your urine. If it’s dark yellow, you need to drink more water and if it is clear or light yellow, you’re doing fine.
If you’re experiencing a higher sex drive, feel free to get frisky in the bedroom. Your batteries are charged, you aren’t experiencing any pain. You’ve grown more comfortable and confident about your pregnancy. Most importantly, sex is completely safe during week 13. So, go ahead and make the most of it!

13 weeks pregnant - What should the partner be doing?

Get ready to keep up with the expecting mom’s high sex drive! On a serious note, if you’ve been keeping sex off the table for the past few weeks, this week is great for some intimacy. Be flexible and willing to go with the flow. It’s more important that you both are relaxed, comfortable and enjoying each other’s company. Physical as well as emotional intimacy is healthy and vital for both of you during this time.

Start talking about parenting. Have an honest conversation about discipline, family values and rules. About the areas each parent would deeply influence in the child’s life. Also talk about how both of you will balance parenthood with careers and other aspects of life, among other things.
Enjoy this quiet and relaxed time with your partner, and let it bring you both closer than ever. Stay healthy, stay happy! And if you have any doubts or queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below!


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