You have now entered the 13th week of pregnancy. Your body has been feeding the baby for the last 12 weeks. This week is the beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy. During this time, you will begin to experience a variety of changes and new symptoms may develop. For most women, this is a time to celebrate. At this stage of pregnancy the risk of miscarriage is much lower. Isn’t this good news? If you have carried your child safe until now it is generally accepted that you can carry your child safely for the rest of your pregnancy as well. If you want to know what to expect at 13 weeks into your pregnancy, this is a brief review of the data.
During this time you may notice new symptoms that have not been experienced until now. The first weeks of pregnancy were probably a little ‘complicated’. You may have had a lot of fatigue and nausea. But this week is likely to have brought all these to an end. You should now begin to experience a new level of energy, despite the fact that you started to gain a little weight.
Your stomach is continuing to grow. There is enough space in your uterus to keep your baby easily. However, your fetus so far has been quite small. But the uterus has begun to develop more space so it can keep your growing baby comfortably. You should expect to have less trouble in the mornings. And for most women, their appetite increases. The new stomach will let even strangers in on the secret that you will be giving birth soon.
The child is at the stage of rapid development. The baby is now approximately 2.5 cm in height and its weight has increased by about 7 grams. This rapid growth is observed around the thirteenth week and by the end of this period the child begins to look more like a human and less like a foreigner. The baby’s head is more prominent and the body and organs are beginning to develop more quickly. Their small intestine is starting to perform all of its normal duties in the second quarter. Insulin from the pancreas helps the baby maintain proper levels of glucose in the body.
Stretch marks can be expected in the breasts, hips, buttocks and abdomen. However, stretch marks can be avoided by gradually adding small amounts of weight. This can be achieved with regular exercise and eating a well balanced diet.