Week 13 of Your Pregnancy

October 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Week 13 of Pregnancy

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

Fetus!3WeeksWeb200By now your clothes are probably fitting pretty snugly. You may not have purchased any maternity clothes yet, but have probably started thinking about that step.

You may be starting to feel more energetic now and you might find that your nausea has diminished. You could possibly be free from queasiness in the next couple of weeks.

Your breasts are getting larger and you may feel some bumps beneath the skin. This is because your mammary ducts are getting ready to produce milk for your baby. You may also begin to notice that your veins are beginning to appear under the skin of your breasts.

You may be beginning to develop some stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, hips or buttocks. To help prevent stretch marks, try to gain weight slowly and steadily.

Keeping your body well hydrated and engaging in regular exercise can help prevent stretch marks. So can loosening and stretching of the skin. You can find information about this in the book, Pregnancy Pain Relief.

There are also some various creams, salves and butters that are designed especially for preventing stretch marks.

How Big is Your Baby?

Your baby is about 3 inches long. It has been 11 weeks since conception.

What Does A Fetus Look Like at 13 Weeks?

Many want to know what does a baby look like at 13 weeks…Here is a great video

Easy to determine the sex of the baby…Click to see video

How is Your Baby Developing?

Your baby has begun to develop hair. Hair grows first on the eyebrows, upper lip and chin.

Your baby’s face is beginning to show unique features and appearance. Its eyes are coming closer together on the face, and the ears are becoming more fully developed and placed in their normal position on the head.

Your baby may be beginning to develop bouts of hiccups, though you won’t be able to feel it yet. Hiccups work to strengthen the baby’s diaphragm, which will get the respiratory system ready for breathing.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Be sure you are keeping your body well hydrated. Avoid soda and sugary or carbonated beverages. They do not hydrate you and are unhealthy for you and your baby. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere to insure you are drinking all the time.

Staying well hydrated can help prevent stretch marks, as well as headaches, muscle cramps and fatigue.

If you are concerned about stretch marks, try using one of the specialized stretch mark creams to help prevent stretch marks. Applying cream or Vitamin E to your breasts, hips, buttocks and abdomen can help increase the elasticity and hydration of your skin.

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