What to look for at 13 Weeks Pregnant

November 12, 2012

What to look for at 13 Weeks Pregnant

At 13 weeks pregnant you will be feeling good and you should no longer be experiencing the morning sickness and nausea. Your get up and go will have returned. You will also not be urinating as many times as you were earlier. Physically you will be feeling more comfortable, but you may suffer from backache, heart burn and feel bloated. Abdominal pain may occur due to the uterus increasing in size and if it continues for longer than a couple of minutes, contact your health care practitioner. Chances of miscarriage at 13 weeks pregnant are fairly low in comparison to the first trimester, therefore you can worry less. 13 weeks pregnant is considered to be an easier time for many pregnant women and at this stage take care of yourself and the pregnancy. At 13 weeks pregnant women may experience changes to the breasts which include the areolas darkening, veins may look bigger and large non cancerous lumps can sometimes appear. A 13 week ultrasound can be carried out at this time and at this stage we can begin to see the development of the baby. The 13 week fetus is approximately 2.5 to 3.5 inches long and is about 2 ounces in weight and is in the amniotic sack safe. This sack is now getting larger as it is filling up with fluid. The crucial function of the placenta is greater than before as it is sifting out deposits from the digestive system of the baby. Should you experience vaginal bleeding or problems relating to this which are very rare, contact your health care professional. From the 13th week of pregnancy the baby is developing and the bones are getting harder as calcium received from your nutrition and/or supplements are passed to the baby. Small hairs, called lanugos are starting to grow on the body of the baby. The pancreas is starting to produce insulin which is required for regulation of blood sugar levels. The head will look bigger than the rest of the body and the eyes are positioned at the sides of the head. At this time a decision has to be made whether to take a Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein (MSAFP) screening test as it is taken between 15-18 weeks of pregnancy. This test does not give false results and is safe. Healthy eating is essential at this time to ensure the baby is receiving all the correct nutrients. When snacking, choose the healthy option. Enjoy home-made fruit juice and when making a sandwich use whole wheat bread. It may be that you are required to take supplements such as calcium, iron, zinc and folic acid, along with your healthy diet. Fish and meat is the main source of protein during pregnancy. From 13 weeks pregnant and on, half of your protein should come from fish. To reduce the appearance of stretch marks, be aware of your diet.

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