Vocal Cords Develop
The 13th week of pregnancy is a milestone of sorts as it marks the end of your first trimester. This is also the time when the risk of miscarriage is far less than it was a few weeks ago. So you can go ahead and spread the word of your pregnancy, if you had kept it a hush.
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Baby’s Developments at Week 13
Your baby is all of 3.5 inches and as big as a peach weighing about 45 grams. One significant development during this week is the formation of fingertips. Which means, your baby’s unique fingerprints are also in place. The other developments include:
- Baby’s skin is covered by fine hair. This soft, colourless hair is called lanugo, and it will be eventually shed just before delivery.
- Bones are beginning to form in the arms and hands.
- Vocal cords begin to develop.
- The head which was larger than the rest of the body, is almost in proportion now
- The genitals are fully developed, though they may still be difficult to detect on an ultrasound examination.
- Baby starts to produce thyroid hormones because the thyroid gland has matured.
Week 13 – Pregnancy symptoms
You are just a week short of entering the second trimester. Many of the pregnancy issues that were hounding you in the early days would have settled down by now.
- Your belly continues to expand and you may begin to “show” slightly
- You can feel and notice your breasts getting heavier and bigger.
- Breasts have begun to produce colostrums – the yellow colour, first milk which is loaded with nutrients and antibodies to keep your baby healthy.
- Fatigue and nausea have considerably subside by now
- There may be an increase in vaginal discharge. This your body’s natural way of protecting your birth canal from infection. It also helps maintain a healthy balance of bacterial in the vagina.
- You may experience an increase in sex drive
Things to keep in mind
- Focus on eating foods which are high on minerals and vitamins. You need about 300 extra calories a day when you’re pregnant. You can get it all by eating healthy foods. Starting your day with a glass of milk and multi grain bread is a great option. You can slather some peanut butter on your toast too.
- Your baby needs calcium for the development of bones and teeth. Make sure to include four servings of dairy in your diet every day.
- Stay away from caffeinated and citrus- based drinks which could trigger heart burns.
Tip for Pregnancy Week 13
- It may be too early to shop for maternity clothes. But make sure not to wear tight fitting clothes that may put pressure on your belly.
- Avoiding having sex if you have a history of miscarriage, preterm labor or a low lying placenta (placenta previa).