13 Weeks Pregnant

Vocal Cords Develop

week13The 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.
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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
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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.
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  • 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

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