Week 13 of Your Pregnancy

12 weeks pregnant

196

Days to go

14

g
Keep going. You’ll find something useful below.

Pregnancy Symptoms

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Sex Drive

Towards the ending of the first semester and the starting of the second semester, many pregnant women experience an increase in sex drive. While part of it is due to your changing hormone levels, an increased blood flow to the pelvic area also results in an increased sex drive. For most pregnant women, sex during pregnancy is safe. However, in certain cases, women may need to abstain. You can talk to your gynaecologist to know whether sex will be safe for you during this period.

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Vaginal Discharge

Pregnancy is a sensitive time for us and small changes can sometimes create panic. Increased vaginal discharge maybe scary but it is, in fact, normal in most cases. Creamy white watery discharge happens due to hormonal changes. It is also your body’s way of preventing vaginal infections and keeping your baby safe. But remember, if you find a change in color, quickly consult your doctor to be on the safe side.

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Heartburn

Experiencing acidity along with constipation? Don’t be surprised. When your digestive system is working slowly, heartburn is a common consequence. Most to-be-mothers go through both these symptoms. Staying hydrated and having fiber-rich foods will help combat acidity too. Along with this, you can avoid foods that trigger heartburn such as coffee and tea, spices, and deep-fried foods. Your aim should be to eat foods that are nutrient-rich and at the same time easy to digest.

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Constipation

The human body is a wonderful creation. Did you know the main reason behind constipation during pregnancy? Your digestive system moves slowly to ensure maximum absorption of nutrients from your food so that your baby can have the best nutrition possible. This slow movement, of course, causes you inconvenience, and the best way to combat it is by staying hydrated and eating fiber-rich foods.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 5.4 cm.
Baby’s Weight: 14 g.

Baby’s Vocal Chords:

Baby’s little vocal cords have already started to develop. Can you hear them already? No, you will have to wait till birth to hear your lemon’s sweet voice.

Baby’s Intestines:

This week your baby’s intestines have moved back into the abdomen from the umbilical cord. There’s enough room to accommodate them now in the abdomen.

Baby’s Kidneys:

The kidneys are starting to produce urine and release it into the amniotic fluid.

Others:

Baby’s hands find their way to their mouth and it might look like they might be yawning or breathing. Your baby only sleeps for a few minutes at a time at this stage. However later in pregnancy, they’ll start sleeping for longer stretches. Try to notice a pattern or routine emerging which will help you know when your baby is awake or sleeping in your womb.

Your's Changing Body

Stretch marks appear in the form of depressed stripes and can be seen in the belly, hips, breasts, and lower back of the pregnant woman. Stretch marks are a common occurrence and they can appear at any point during pregnancy.
As the pregnancy advances, the skin starts expanding due to the immense weight increase.

The increasing blood flow during pregnancy put extra pressure on your blood vessels result in varicose veins. While they can strike at any time, they bulge and grow as the pregnancy progresses. In some pregnant women, they subside within a few days. In most cases, varicose veins are not a concern. But if they get troublesome, you can always consult your gynecologist.

You must be feeling extremely tired and sleepy all the time. Getting up from the bed may feel like a chore. But remember, this is not laziness. Your hormones are all haywire and your body is working extra hard to nourish the little bean within you. Eating healthy, staying hydrated, taking quick power naps, and doing small exercises can help deal with this symptoms

If you are experiencing dizzy spells during pregnancy, this happens due to the hormone progesterone. This hormone causes more blood flow to the uterus to support your growing bean. As a result, the blood flow to your brain reduces, your blood pressure reduces, and you will experience dizziness and this is normal during pregnancy.

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