13 weeks pregnant tips
This is the last week of the first trimester. That means the end of the tough first 13 weeks with annoying pregnancy ailments, uncertainty and secrets. In the meantime, your baby continues his development undisturbed.
Your baby in week 13 of your pregnancy
In the 13th week of your pregnancy, your baby will make major leaps in his development. The stomach develops quickly and even starts producing digestive juices. In addition, the digestive system starts practicing the contractions that will later be needed to digest food. The intestines that first grew in a cavity in the umbilical cord now move to the abdomen.
The kidneys are also hard at work and make urine from the 13th week of your pregnancy. Your baby’s pee will end up in amniotic fluid . When the little one becomes a boy, his testicles produce testosterone. Furthermore, the bone marrow produces white blood cells. That’s a good thing, because once your baby has left the safe uterus , he desperately needs it as a defense against germs.
You in week 13 of your pregnancy
This is the last week of the first quarter and that is good news for several reasons. Not only are the first 13 weeks gone, the chance of a miscarriage is now much smaller than at the start of your pregnancy. In addition, many women are now feeling much better!
Although some women still suffer from morning sickness in the second trimester , chances are that your symptoms will disappear or at least get less. Now that your stomach is no longer bothering you, you can enjoy food again . Come on with that ice cream! Unfortunately, you do not leave all pregnancy ailments in the first trimester. There is a good chance that you will also have to empty your bladder every few months .
Pregnancy vitamins in the second trimester
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Tip when 13 weeks pregnant
Do you have a job ? From a legal perspective, you must tell your employer that you are pregnant at least 3 weeks before your maternity leave starts. It is usually better for your employer if you do this before. After all, there is more time to arrange replacement and to plan things differently. But it is also more pleasant for yourself. You don’t have to walk around with a ‘secret’ and your employer can (and must!) Take your pregnancy into account.
Tips for You This Week
Embrace your sex drive
Your second trimester is around the corner, and with it often comes a boost in sex drive. Enjoy!
What’s more, that boost in libido might have some health benefits for you and baby, since pregnancy sex can speed up postpartum recovery by tightening your pelvic floor muscles and improve your sleep and mood (it’s relaxing!).
But if you have a history of preterm labor or miscarriage, or if you have placenta previa, you may need to abstain. Talk to your doctor about what you’re safely able to do.Keep taking your prenatal
Your baby’s nervous system and spinal cord are among the first things to develop, and folic acid (aka folate) — which is found naturally in whole grains, green leafy vegetables, beans, bananas, broccoli and milk, and added via fortification to breads and cereals — is essential to neural tube development.
It’s recommended that you eat folic-acid-rich foods and begin taking a supplement containing folic acid even before you become pregnant — and that you continue to focus on folate throughout your pregnancy.
The recommended amount of folic acid is 400 micrograms (mcg) before pregnancy and 600 mcg once you are pregnant. Make sure your prenatal vitamin contains that amount.Fight germs
As if you didn’t have enough pregnancy symptoms to contend with, you’re also more susceptible to colds, flu and other bugs when you’re expecting. That’s because nature wisely suppresses your immune system during pregnancy to keep your fetus — a foreigner to your body — from being rejected.
The key to staying healthy during pregnancy is to engage in some germ warfare. More than ever, the best defense is a strong offense. Wash your hands often and carry liquid sanitizer for times when a sink’s not handy, don’t share drinks or food or toothbrushes and avoid sick people like the plague.
If you think you’ve caught something, check with your practitioner ASAP, who will treat what you’ve got with your special pregnancy needs in mind.Get enough calcium
It does a growing baby body good, building strong bones and teeth. But calcium also does your body good, too — helping to maintain solid bone density and prevent osteoporosis later in life, and lowering your risk of preeclampsia now.
So make sure you “got milk” and other calcium-loaded foods, like fortified juice, almonds, sesame seeds, soy products, green leafies, sardines, canned salmon and broccoli.Eat iron-rich foods
When you’re making a baby, you’re in the blood-making business big-time. Since iron helps generate blood supply, it’s a nutrient you’ll need plenty of to keep your body’s and your baby’s supply of red in the black.
Ensure your intake of this vital mineral by eating such iron-rich foods as beef, duck, soy products, spinach, dried fruits and potatoes with the skins on. Your practitioner will probably also suggest a supplement after week 20 to keep your iron up as blood demand steps up.Don’t peel your fruit
Baby got you backed up? Stop peeling your fruit. One apple with skin has 4.4 grams (g) of constipation-quelling fiber, while ½ cup of applesauce has just 1 g. As for apple juice, some drinks may not have any.