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13 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 13 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby forming fingerprints.
2.     The last week of the first trimester.
3.     Visible veins on your body.
4.     Constipation.
5.     Decreasing fatigue (at last!)
 
How your life will change this week:
Now that your body has had time to adjust to being pregnant, you’ll probably start feeling less tired. As your energy returns, try getting back to some gentle exercise. Believe it or not, this will up your energy levels.

As your blood supply increases to carry nutrients to your baby, small veins may become visible on your skin. They will fade again after you give birth, so don’t worry too much about them. Constipation can be a problem during pregnancy, with increased levels of progesterone slowing the movement of food through your digestive system. Eating plenty of fibre, staying hydrated and exercising will help with this.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is now about the size of a peach, but strangely out of proportion. The size of the head is almost half of your baby’s crown to rump length – a funny thought! In later weeks the body will catch up to the head.

Tiny fingerprints are now forming and your baby can make sucking movements with its cheeks, preparing for the years ahead. If you are having a girl, she will have around 2 million eggs in her ovaries, a number that will steadily decrease throughout her life.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Do some more of those pelvic floor exercises.
  • Eat plenty of fibre.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
When it comes to stretch marks, prevention is better than cure. Remember to rub body lotion or oil into your growing belly every day and it won’t be as difficult to get rid of stretch marks after you’ve had your baby.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Dr Nomathamsanqa Matebese, Gynaecologist. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.



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