At 13 weeks pregnant, you’ll need some more calories to expand the baby, and the baby will begin to develop fingerprints.
At 13 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is around 2.9 inches long and weighs 0.81 ounces. That’s about the size of a Tamagotchi virtual pet.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 13 weeks pregnant:
- Your Child, Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 13 Weeks
- Bumps at 13 Weeks for a Real Mom Your Baby
Development at 13 Weeks Pregnant
At 13 weeks, and continuing throughout the second trimester, your baby is beginning to acquire the unique characteristics that will define them. Consider fingerprints and sobs. Here’s what to expect from the baby’s development this week.
- Vocal cords: At 13 weeks, your baby is growing vocal cords, preparing for their first screams.
- Fingerprints form: The baby is already expressing its uniqueness. Their little fingers are developing their own distinct fingerprints.
- Working kidneys: As their kidneys mature, they begin to urinate into the amniotic fluid. Throughout the remainder of your pregnancy, your baby will ingest both amniotic fluid and urine. (It’s gross, but it’s intriguing.)
Ultrasound at 13 Weeks Pregnancy
13 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms in Your Body
As those unappealing first-trimester pregnancy symptoms fade, here’s what you might anticipate to experience this week and in the weeks ahead.
- Increased sex drive: Do you have a romantic streak? An increase in sex desire during pregnancy is perfectly natural and to be expected in the second trimester. Sex is also entirely safe throughout pregnancy (as long as you don’t have a problem that has prompted your doctor to advise against sex). Your baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid, and a mucus plug keeps everything out. So, have some fun if you want to!
- Nausea: Morning sickness is a common early pregnancy symptom, although it can last into the second trimester. If you’re still feeling bad at 13 weeks pregnant, you’re probably nearing the end of your pregnancy. Inform your healthcare practitioner if you do not substantially improve in the next several weeks.
- Heartburn: Have you given up nausea and exhaustion in exchange for heartburn? Heartburn affects more than half of pregnant women, especially in the second trimester. If you’re in pain, consider eating six little meals instead of three large ones. Also, eat more slowly (yes, that’s a true recommendation) and avoid rich or spicy meals if they irritate you.
- Stretch marks: These reddish stripes might appear on your hips and breasts. Basically, your skin is expanding out of control, causing microscopic rips. Lotions may help avoid stretch marks (more on that below), so give them a try and remain moisturized as well. Still, you might be predisposed to them due to heredity. The good news is that stretch marks usually vanish after giving delivery.
- Is your baby moving? Soon, you may notice your baby moving about! People experience their first flutters at different times, but some experience them as early as 13 to 16 weeks pregnant. Others may not be able to distinguish between gas and baby kicks until they are 17 to 22 weeks pregnant.
Twins at 13 Weeks Pregnant
Those prenatal vitamins are especially vital if you’re 13 weeks pregnant with twins. For optimum growth, both infants require sufficient of folic acid during pregnancy. So, just because the first trimester is finished, don’t stop taking them.
13 Weeks of Your Life Pregnant
Goodbye, first trimester. Begin the second trimester with a party and some sound counsel.
- Chow down: Having a baby requires additional calories, but there’s no need to keep track of them. When your appetite returns, eat small but frequent meals of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and nourishing fats such as olive oil, almonds, and avocado. Do you want additional suggestions for a nutritious, well-balanced pregnancy diet? We’ve got you covered.
- Try these recipes: A second breakfast is a healthy way to get those extra calories into your diet, and overnight oats are an excellent choice. Make ahead of time? Check! Is it simple to eat on the go? Check! Delicious and adaptable. Check, check, check! Begin with a basic recipe like this one and then add any flavorings and/or toppings you choose. Nut butter, chia seeds, and berries are favorites of ours.
- Treat for the stomach: Here’s a harsh reality check: If you are predisposed to stretch marks, you may not be able to avoid them. However, using a good moisturizing balm on a daily basis may help keep them away for longer and erase them more swiftly if they do emerge. Even better, it provides a reason for some pampering at the end of the day or after a shower. Lather up with Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, Glow Organic’s Belly Butter, or Bio-Oil for a stronger lather.
- Make a plan: You’re a third of the way through your pregnancy, so it’s no longer too soon to plan a babymoon. Go on and plan your trips, even staycations! Just keep in mind that if you plan to travel during your third trimester, your doctor may advise you not to fly. And you don’t want to schedule a trip too close to your due date in case your baby decides to arrive early.
Your Pregnant Belly at 13 Weeks
The recommended weight increase during the first trimester is between 1.1 and 4.4 pounds. It’s quite normal if you haven’t gained (or even lost) much weight as a result of morning sickness or a lack of appetite. However, you should aim to gain around a pound every week from now on. (The guideline may be somewhat higher or lower depending on your BMI, so see your doctor for a specific suggestion.)
Real Moms’ 13-Week-Old Baby Bump