What to Expect at 13 Weeks Pregnant

November 12, 2012

What to Expect at 13 Weeks Pregnant

So, you’re 13 weeks pregnant and your bundle of joy to be is getting bigger by the day. At this time, the fetus is barely 3 inches long and weighs less than 1 ounce. The fetus is beginning to gain some muscle control however, it is not coordinated. Further eye development is causing the eyes to move toward the center of the face and the fingers and toes are beginning to separate and look like proper digits however at this point they are all the same length. The intestines and pancreas are developing further and at 13 weeks pregnant the pancreas begins to produce insulin. The left and right hemispheres of the brain are migrating inward and will shortly make connections. In one more week, you will enter the second trimester. Many mothers-to-be, often refer to this as the ‘honeymoon’ stage because now is the time to rekindle a relationship with your significant other. You’ll getting past some of the morning sickness and regain some of your energy so you can go out do things together again.

At 13 weeks pregnant, things are pretty secure with the pregnancy. Generally, any problems that might occur do so before 13 weeks pregnant such as miscarriage. So things are looking up and you feel more secure in you and your fetus’s well being. This is a time when you begin to show that you are definitely pregnant however, it’s too soon for bigger clothes or maternity wear. That’s for later. Although you may still have stomach upsets, nausea and some vomiting, much of this has subsided and you’re beginning to regain you strength which lifts your spirits and allows you to do more things. As you enter into the second trimester, you will feel more and more energized. Take advantage of this because it won’t last for ever. When the third trimester comes around that tired feeling returns along with back ache. So, make the most of 13 weeks pregnant along with the next 12 weeks or so.

At this time you will experience changes in your breasts where your areolas become darker and your veins appear darker. Sometimes little bumps form on the areolas. It isn’t abnormal to have breathing difficulties but not to worry this is perfectly normal. If this presents with chest pain and arrhythmias, this is of concern and you need to contact your doctor right away. Expect to experience some abdominal pain as the fetus grows and takes up more room. This puts pressure on ligaments in the abdominal area that are now impinging on nerves.

You may experience problems with your gums. Your blood flow has increased two fold causing your gums to swell and be sore. Take care when your brushing and flossing so that you don’t do damage.

No doubt you’ve become aware of your weight gain. By 13 weeks pregnant, you should have accumulated some where between 5 or 6 pounds. Not bad, however weight gain is going to increase by 1 to 2 pounds per week. There is no need to constantly weigh yourself. What you need to do is to maintain a healthy diet and continue to exercise as usual. Total weight gain for the pregnancy should be around 30 pounds give or take and as long as you eat properly, you should hit the mark.

Last but not least, you will experience changes in libido. Right at this point, you will find that you re more easily aroused than before. This is attributed to the increased blood flow. This is a good time to rekindle your relationship with your significant other. This will carry throughout the second trimester.


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