13 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 13 WeeksSize: 2.91 inches (7.4 cm)
Weight: 0.81 ounce (23 grams)
Welcome to the 2nd trimester! Almost like magic, the fatigue and morning sickness that were assaulting you during the first three months of your pregnancy should be fading into the past. With a still disproportionately large head, the rest of baby's body is rapidly catching up with weekly growth spurts.
Baby's fingers and toes are clearly separated and her eyes are moving closer together, making her look more like a tiny human than a form of tadpole.
The external genitalia has started to become more visible, but it is still entirely too early for even the most skilled ultrasound tech to determine gender so hold off buying blue or pink for just a little bit longer.
Mom at 13 Weeks PregnantYour uterus has grown significantly and should be more noticeable to you when you gently press on your belly. Taking up all of the spare room in your pelvis, your uterus will now start to expand upwards and into your abdomen. Your bump may be a little bit more noticeable but not so much that people will be able to immediately determine that you are expecting.
Now is the time to start wearing comfortable maternity clothes. Splurge on a comfortable bra that doesn't bind or pinch you; this is one time when you definitely don't want to have unnecessary discomfort.
With most of the nausea and vomiting behind you, you should start to feel a lot more like your usual self. Your appetite may also start to increase a little bit, along with your thirst drive. If your nausea is still plaguing you into the 2nd trimester then be sure to mention it to your doctor.
Many pregnant women start to have much more vivid dreams in the second trimester so don't be too disturbed if you have dreams that seem a little bit too real. You may even find that you are waking up a few extra times a night, either for a potty break or as a result of the lucid dreams.
When brushing and flossing your teeth you may find that your gums are bleeding a lot more; this is a common symptom of pregnancy and should pass once the baby is born.
With the subsiding of your nausea and the return of your appetite, the notorious pregnancy cravings may start to kick in now. You may not be craving pickles and ice-cream but you might start to crave things that your body needs: like highly fibrous fruit, especially if you have been struggling with constipation. A gradual increase of one or two pounds on the scale is to be expected as your appetite returns.
Try to make healthy eating choices that can provide you and your baby with what you need versus high fat junk foods that have little to no actual nutritional value. You can certainly give in to your cravings if you have them; however, like with just about everything in life, give into them in moderation.
Eat more fiber. If your nausea hasnít gotten the better of you yet, try to make sure you are taking in plenty of fiber through fresh fruits and veggies and drinking lots of fluids to help prevent constipation and keep your body running smoothly over the coming months.