As your baby reaches 13 weeks, they are constantly growing and becoming more active. They are now about the size of a peach and weigh around 0.81 ounces. Their head is still larger compared to the rest of their body but the body is catching up in length. You may not feel any movement yet but your baby is kicking, flailing, and practicing movements inside your uterus.
What Can Your Baby Do at This Stage?
Your baby’s digestive system is starting to work as they swallow amniotic fluid and the kidneys are producing urine. The vocal cords are also forming and they are probably practicing breathing movements. They can open and close their mouth and wiggle their fingers and toes. Their genitals are developing but it’s still too early to determine the gender.
What Can You Expect at This Stage?
This is the last week of your first trimester! Congratulations! Your hormones are still in overdrive, but you may start to notice changes in your skin, hair, and nails as the hormones begin to balance out. Your uterus is now the size of a grapefruit and you may feel some discomfort. You may also experience mood swings and emotions, this is perfectly normal.
This week is a great time to think about prenatal care, if you haven’t already. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. You should also start taking a prenatal vitamin or supplement to ensure your baby gets all the nutrients they need. Start planning for your maternity leave and think about how you’ll manage work and motherhood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I still exercise during pregnancy? A: Yes, you can still exercise during pregnancy. However, you should avoid high-impact activities that may cause harm to you or your baby. Consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.
Q: When can I find out the gender of my baby? A: The gender of your baby can usually be determined through an ultrasound between weeks 18-20.
Q: Will my baby’s movements become stronger as they grow? A: Yes, your baby’s movements will become stronger as they grow. You may start to feel them around week 20.
Q: How often should I see my doctor during pregnancy? A: You should see your doctor once a month until week 28, then twice a month until week 36, and then weekly until delivery.
Q: Can I dye my hair during pregnancy? A: Dyeing your hair during pregnancy is generally considered safe. However, it’s still best to consult your doctor before doing so.
At 13 weeks, your baby is growing and becoming more active. It’s important to take care of yourself and practice good prenatal care. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor any questions or concerns you may have. Remember to enjoy this special time and cherish every moment with your growing baby.
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