13 Weeks Pregnant

13 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby

My growing baby has gain a whole other half an inch and another quarter of an ounce measuring in at three and half inches and weighing 1 and 1/4 ounces.*

13 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

My growing baby’s head now only accounts for about 1/3 of the entire body.  The FBI is now excited because the baby’s fingerprints are now present.  My baby’s kidney and urinary tract are working which is how my baby gets rid of the amniotic fluid he or she has been swallowing.  A fine hair, called lanugo, is now all over my baby’s body.  This hair is very fine and very soft.

13 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

As you move into the second trimester it is quite possible that you may begin to see stretch marks around your stomach, breasts, hips and bottom.  Although you probably don’t care for that, the good news is that your nausea and morning sickness has probably started to lessen or even go away. Breast changes are probably more noticeable feeling larger, lumpy or possible nodular.  They are preparing for breastfeeding and you may even notice colostrum during the second trimester.  Colostrum is the first step in getting breast milk.*

13 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

Some women gain a new interest in sex as the second trimester begins and it is not uncommon to ask questions about the safety related to sex during pregnancy.  There should be little concern with engaging in sex during the second trimester because your baby is well protected by your abdomen, the uterus and the amniotic sac and fluid.  It may be important to forgo sex if:

  • A history of premature birth or labor.
  • A history of miscarriage.
  • Your water has broken.
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding or discharge.
  • Placenta previa, or a very low-lying placenta.
  • An incompetent cervix, or your cervix has dilated.
  • The presence of a sexually transmitted disease.

13 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Stretch marks are reddish or pinkish streaks that will be found around your abdomen and your breast.  Almost all women will experience these in some fashion or the other.  If you eat well balanced meals, exercise and gain weight at an appropriate pace, this can reduce or minimize the stretch marks that you experience. You may also reduce or minimize stretch marks by using lotions that have vitamin E and alpha hydroxy acids.  Please consult your healthcare provider before using any over the counter treatments.  The good news is that these stretch marks usually go away after the baby is born.

13 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

Who wants to get gas?  Well getting gas for her can go along way.  Not only is this make her life easier; it also helps her avoid the gasoline fumes which may make her feel nauseated.  No matter what she will feel special and invested in if you take her car to the station and fill it up.  An extra perk might be to take it through the car wash too.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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