What To Expect When You Are 13 Weeks Pregnant

Pregnancy week 13 is usually referred to as the golden period of pregnancy as the woman tends to look pregnant physically and additionally the bay is also growing at a rapid rate. Typically once a woman move son to pregnancy week 13, the chances of her going through a full term pregnancy without any mishaps or complications are very high.

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... tends to weigh around 26 gms. The baby’s head may appear to be larger than its body, however, the body will soon catch up in the weeks to come. Pregnancy week 13 body changes in the woman are in the form of a prominent pregnancy week 13 belly on account of the uterus that is growing to accommodate the developing baby. The mother will also start gaining weight at a faster rate as she begins to consume more to cope with the growing nutrient demands of the baby. One of the pregnancy week 13 symptoms is the darkening of the areolas and the veins in the breasts becoming more visible and prominent. A pregnancy week 13 ultrasound will clearly reveal the genitalia of the baby which will also reveal the gender of the baby. Additionally during this week of pregnancy the baby’s arms and legs are grown longer and his bones and joints begin to harden or ossify. The hardening of the bones and joints will continue even after the baby is born. An ultrasound during pregnancy week 13 showing the neck of the baby more developed indicates that the baby is now able to move its head and is very active in the mother’s womb. In fact, many babies have been observed moving their mouth and even making facial expressions during this stage.

Pregnancy Week 13 Symptoms

Sometimes during pregnancy week 13, some women may experience a dull pain or discomfort in their abdomen which is known as round ligament pain that occurs on account of the growing uterus which results in the surrounding ligaments being stretched. During week 13, pregnant women are advised to consume plenty of water and fiber rich foods that aid digestion and thereby prevent constipation. Post pregnancy week 13, many women tend to experience a sense of renewed energy and vigor. In some cases during week 13, women have observed that they are more sexually aroused and their orgasms are also more intense. However intercourse during pregnancy is recommended only if there is no risk of pre term labor. When you are 13 weeks pregnant, symptoms from your earlier weeks will have subsided. Your anxiety will also be reduced as the risk of miscarriage decreases. This period is the best for you as you will regain your energy, and instead of constantly feeling tired and nauseous, you will start to feel remarkably better. However, one of the “13-weeks-pregnant symptoms” is abdominal pain. This occurs as the ligaments in this region stretch to accommodate your uterus as it grows. This pain is known as “stretch ligament pain.” Keep in mind that this pain does not persist; thus, if the pain is accompanied by cramping, vomiting, or bleeding do not confuse it with the other 13-week pregnancy symptoms. You need to get in touch with your healthcare provider as soon as possible. In addition, when you are 13 weeks pregnant, symptoms such as darkened areolas and prominent veins in your breasts should be expected. Some women also notice bumps, albeit these are benign. These bumps are actually glands that assist your breast’s development and growth during pregnancy. Also, another one of the 13-weeks-pregnant signs is that you will urinate less frequently. This is because your body and bladder will begin to adjust to the less space and your urge to urinate will reduce. However, constipation is a problem that may constantly bother you throughout your pregnancy and may not necessarily be only one of the “13-weeks-pregnant” symptoms. Apart from the above, you will also find your skin glowing due to the increased circulation in your body. This increased blood circulation also gives you a heightened sense of ecstasy and pleasure during sexual intercourse. Keep in mind that in your 13th week of pregnancy, you not only look pregnant but also start feeling pregnant, and you may find it difficult to move from one side to another. Check a 13-weeks symptoms pregnancy calendar to know more about the symptoms you might experience.

13 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

When you are 13 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound can produce some great photos of your baby. Although you are in your 13th week of pregnancy, your fetus is actually in its 11th week as far as development is concerned. Thus, your baby in this 13-weeks-pregnancy ultrasound should be about 2.9 inches in length and should weigh approximately 0.8 ounces. Keep in mind that at this age your baby will grow quite rapidly. You will see that the baby’s head is disproportionate as compared to the body, but the body will gradually begin to catch up. The face of your baby will start to look human and the eyes will move closer together. When you are 13 weeks pregnant, your ultrasound will also show your fingers and toes; wrists and ankles will also have formed. In fact, when you are 13 weeks pregnant, an ultrasound may help you see your baby make a fist or suck on her/his thumb. You however have to be lucky enough to be able to capture this moment on your ultrasound. The external genitalia of your baby will also slowly become visible, and the intestines will start moving into their correct places. When you are 13 weeks pregnant a 3D ultrasound can provide a three dimensional view of your baby. Although the gender of your baby can be seen as early as the 12th week, a 13 weeks ultrasound gender test is usually not recommended. Most medical hospitals do not try to figure out the baby’s gender until the 20-week. When you are 13 weeks pregnant an ultrasound of the cervix can help diagnose if your cervix is incompetent. Your cervix is identified as incompetent when your ultrasound shows that the cervix opening is about 2.5 cm or more. If the ultrasound diagnosis shows an incompetent cervix, it is stitched with a procedure called cerclage.

13 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain

Weight gain during pregnancy should be slow and steady.  When you are 13 weeks pregnant, weight gain is not necessarily that of the baby alone. The pounds you add on could be due to blood volume, water retention, breasts, placenta and amniotic fluid. You should put on weight during your pregnancy. Obese women need to add at least 11 pounds to their weight, while those who are underweight need to gain 10 to 15 pounds in addition to the pounds they have to put on. In the first 13 weeks, the weight gain distribution is about 5 to 7 pounds, and when 13 weeks pregnant, weight again should not be too much. In your 13 weeks of pregnancy, the weight gain is because your uterus keeps on increasing, and in case you are carrying twins, the weight gain is even more. Eating nutritious and well-balanced meals and staying well hydrated during this period is very important. A 13 weeks pregnancy weight gain calculator helps you calculate the weight you need to put on during this period. When you are 13 weeks pregnant, weight gain has to be at the rate of 300 calories per day. You may consume 2100 to 2400 calories daily. There’s no problem if you indulge yourself once in a while if you have a craving for a particular food, but otherwise make sure that your diet is well-balanced. If you are pregnant for 13 weeks, your fetus weight gain should be 0.81 ounces. You have to remember that this is just an average weight, and the growth rate can vary from one baby to another. There is no need to worry if your ultrasound shows that your baby is much larger or smaller. By the time your baby reaches full term, it might weigh more than 9 pounds or might be less than 5 pounds.

13 Weeks Pregnant Bleeding

If you are 13 weeks pregnant and bleeding, it could be due to various reasons. Your uterus continues to grow when you are 13 weeks pregnant and causes some aches and uneasiness in the abdomen. This stretching of the uterus causes what is known as round ligament pain. These pains are quite common, but if you are 13 weeks pregnant and bleeding occurs, immediately call your doctor. Make sure you rest and stop doing activities that cause some discomfort. When you are 13 weeks pregnant, bleeding could also be caused due to an increased supply of blood flow to the cervix. Therefore, you might experience light spotting, especially after sexual intercourse. If you have some kind of cervical infection, it might also lead to some kind of bleeding. If you have been pregnant for 13 weeks, implantation bleeding will not take place. This is because implantation bleeding generally occurs in the first two weeks or so of fertilization. This is when the fertilized egg gets attached to the uterus’s lining. This bleeding generally does not last for long. When you are 13 weeks pregnant, bleeding could be a cause for concern and may occur because there is some problem with your baby. At least 15% to 20% of pregnancies may end in a miscarriage. Therefore, if in your 13 weeks pregnancy period bleeding occurs, make sure you contact your doctor. The treatment for vaginal bleeding during pregnancy or spotting usually depends on what the causes are. In most cases, the bleeding stops on its own, but it is better not to risk the mother and baby’s lives. Make sure you get access to all your physical tests and ultrasound reports so that you are aware of the status of your pregnancy. Also, take care and explain in detail to your doctor the type of bleeding you have.

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