13 Weeks Pregnant (Fetal Age 11 Weeks)
Do you still have a waist? Not for long!
13 weeks pregnant is a true milestone for many pregnant moms. It sure was for me! Miscarriage risk is going down and the first trimester is coming to an end. Already one third of the pregnancy done. Wow!
You have probably also started to put on some weight, and there is more to come. Learn about weight gain during pregnancy here.
What To Expect During Pregnancy Week 13
Your BabyAt 13 weeks pregnant, you are going through the last week of the first trimester. Now you are 1/3 through your pregnancy and entering the fourth month of pregnancy.
Here's what your baby is up to this week:
Some mothers-to-be will find themselves glowing due to the increase in circulation of their body that gives them that attractive pregnancy look.
You may start experiencing some muscle aching or cramping due to your abdominal muscles stretching in order to prepare your body for your growing baby. This is referred to as round ligament pain.
This can be anywhere from a dull ache in your abdomen to sharp but brief pain and can be relieved by taking it easy and making sure to change your positions when sitting or sleeping.
Although your "baby belly" isn't that large and getting in the way yet, soon you will be able to see exactly how much the muscles can stretch to accommodate your growing baby.
If you still have a waist, it will soon be gone. Very soon you will not fit into anything but your new, sassy maternity clothes...
For some women, their breasts are changing in shape and beginning to produce colostrum, which is the nutrient-rich fluid that will feed your baby in the first few days after birth before your regular breast milk is produced.
You may still feel some discomfort in your breasts, and even lumpiness from the developing mammary glands, but that will subside periodically as well.
You may find an increase in heartburn due to the stomach acids travelling back up your food pipe. Help alleviate these symptoms by eating smaller, more frequent meals that include a balanced diet rather than greasy, fried foods.
Which pregnancy body changes are you experiencing? Vote in our pregnancy body changes poll and compare with other moms.
13 Weeks Pregnant VideoIf seeing means believing for you; watch this video explaining the 13th week of pregnancy in pictures and words.
Stuff To Buy This WeekHere are a few things you can get to support your pregnancy journey this week:
Diary of a DaughterWhat's it really like being 13 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 13 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)
Diary Of A DaughterWhat a week! First I experienced some spotting and totally freaked out. Had an emergency ultrasound. My baby was fine! Three days later, it was time for my nuchal fold screening test. The risk for Down's syndrome is very low - 1 in over 3000. Wonderful!
The above was my diary. What's it like for you to be 13 weeks pregnant? Share your thoughts and feelings by leaving a comment below.
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