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Welcome to the first week of your second trimester! The first trimester of your pregnancy can be quite overwhelming, but thank goodness, you’ve finally waved it goodbye. In most cases, your morning sickness will hopefully be over along with other annoying pregnancy symptoms. However, you’ll likely be welcoming other changes to your body as well as new pregnancy symptoms. As you begin your 13th week pregnancy, here’s what to expect:
13 weeks pregnancy symptoms:
During your 13th week of pregnancy, your body is experiencing changes as you enter your second trimester. As a result, many people experience the following pregnancy symptoms:
- Swollen gums
- Side belly pains
- Tender breasts
- Hot flashes
- Swollen limbs
- Urine and vaginal infections
- Dark skin area around the face
- Greasy skin
- Thick and shiny hair
13 weeks pregnant belly
At 13 weeks pregnant, your baby is around 7.4 cm and almost the size of a peach. During this stage, your baby weighs around 25 g.
At 13 weeks pregnant, your baby’s sex organs are fully developed and will allow you to identify your baby’s gender. Isn’t that exciting? Other changes that occur to your baby during this week are that the ankles and wrists are formed, and the eyes are moving into their position. Because your baby’s intestines are in the right position, during this week, your baby can swallow amniotic fluid and allow its tiny body to absorb it. During your 13th week, your ultrasound will also be able to confirm whether you’re having twins.
13 weeks pregnancy checklist
At 13-weeks pregnant, you should follow this checklist:
- Schedule an ultrasound to identify the sex of our baby.
- Consider announcing your pregnancy at work to start discussing maternity leave at the end of your pregnancy.
- Don’t forget your prenatal vitamins.
- Exercise regularly by doing low-impact workouts such as walking, aerobics, swimming, etc.
- Eat a balanced diet.
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