13 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 13

Your baby this week – WEEK 13

Congratulations! At 13 weeks pregnant, you’ve made it to the end of the first trimester. And that calls for a celebration. You know what else calls for a celebration? Your baby has her own set of fingerprints and her vocal cords have developed, even though you won’t hear her first cries until after she’s born! Her head is now comparatively smaller than it was and makes up only a third of her entire length. If your baby is a girl, she already has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Now, your baby is almost 3 inches long –about the size of a (pea pod) and weighs nearly 30 grams.

Size of baby at 13 weeks

Besides that, bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs and give them shape. Your baby’s intestines are also set up for some dramatic change. They were nestled in a cavity inside the umbilical cord so far but now they will move to their location in your baby’s abdomen. And to serve your growing baby’s needs, the placenta is also growing.

 

Your body this week – WEEK 13

13 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body 

Congratulations! At 13 weeks pregnant, you’re crossing over to the second and golden trimester of pregnancy. Your risk of miscarriage is now much lower and this is why people choose to reveal the news to friends and family once this risk has abided. For most women, the nausea and heartburn would’ve significantly subsided. However, there is more reason to celebrate – many women notice a distinct increase in their sex drive around this time. Say hello to your partner, who’ll probably be happier to approach you now that you’re not so miserable. Baby’s birth is still months away, but your breasts have already started making colostrum – the pre-milk nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow.

Vaginal Discharge

Another noticeable change is an increase in your vaginal discharge. Use a panty-liner (no tampon please) to absorb the discharge if you need to. But doing anything further could result in infections like vaginal thrush, which is due to the change in the normal balance of microbes in the vagina. So, that means, do not douche!

Sex During Pregnancy

With all that extra discharge down south, the big boobs, and the bulging belly, your sex drive is now hitting the roof. This is all normal and it’s best to enjoy it while it lasts as it’s likely to change as you get closer to delivery.

You may notice that you have inverted nipples – this fairly common in a small percentage of women. If you’re worried that this will affect your ability to breastfeed, fret not. You can talk to a lactation consultant about your concerns. You will likely be prescribed a nipple shield to help you through the process.

 

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 13

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