Big news, you have made your way to the first trimester and that too all good and nice, when it is proclaimed the toughest! That officially translates to one third of your pregnancy is over! This week brings a new milestone for the baby, it has sucking muscles in her cheek, if you poke your tummy gently she will feel it and start rooting. From now on she develops an important instinct of finding your nipples when she is born. She can probably suck her thumb by now!
The baby is able to yawn, swallow and hiccup. It even has its unique finger prints!
Physical and Emotional You
- The early symptoms of nausea, and vomiting disappear which will leave you are relieved but you start having heartburns. This will continue for some time, so just hang on mommy.
- Your uterus has grown a lot. It has started to grow upward into the abdomen. As a result of ligaments expanding and growing you can experience sharp pain in your pelvis. If this pain is accompanied by discharge of fluid or blood immediately consult your doctor, these could be signs of a miscarriage.
- Size of a peach, the baby may look like an alien to you as of now in the scan. Do not compare with what’s going on in the next cabin, every baby has a different pattern of growth and development, as long as the doctor does not say it, everything is good.
- This week you encounter yet another trouble. Pink or red lines appear near your abdomen and breasts. These are stretch marks. If the weight gain is gradual there will not be much of stretch marks and you can use creams with vitamin E to lighten them. The ideal weight gain in pregnancy is 10-15 Kgs. Remember you should just eat extra 300 calories. Overloading is not going to give you a healthier baby!
Your Baby at Week 13
The baby is almost 3 3/4th inches long and weighs 1 ¼ounce. If the baby is a girl she has approximately 2 million eggs in her ovaries, but she will have only a million by the time she is born. Sex of the baby is determined during the fusion of the ovum and sperm, but the genitals are formed in this week. Reproduction organs are also in the making.
The vocal cord starts to develop. The most amazing noise that you would ever hear is the cry and sweet voice of the baby is getting formed. The head is now one third of the length of the body. Should make you relieved!
The baby has developed reflexes now, the brain, muscles and nerves are all formed. It can fold and twist its hand. It can respond to the external stimuli.
Things to Note
- The nose and ear seems blocked, this is not due to cold but due to increase in blood supply to the mucous membrane. So don’t forget to carry tissues with you.
- Starting to shop for maternity clothes is also a great idea; you must be fitting into your dresses still but not that comfortably. Buy dress material which is soft.
- Enjoy your pregnancy, stay happy and exercise a bit.
Since you are more like you and all the early week symptoms that left you in distress have vanished, reconnect with your partner, visit the doctor together, and let him hear the baby’s heart beat.
PS: Every baby grows differently in the womb and outside it. The information presented here is on generic terms, and it does not necessarily holds true for everyone.