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13 Weeks Pregnant

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You're pregnant at 13 weeks—welcome to the second trimester! You can expect to see your early pregnancy symptoms fading as your placenta is taking over on hormone production. If you don't experience relief soon, consider bringing it up with your healthcare provider at your next appointment. He or she may wish to prescribe something to help alleviate nausea.

Your Baby at 13 Weeks Pregnant

If you had a scan now, you'd see that your baby at 13 weeks looks like a teeny, tiny baby. He's just about three inches long and is literally just skin and bones because he hasn't packed on any fat yet.

human fetus at 13 weeks

His fingerprints are just starting to form and your baby at 13 weeks can even curl his fingers and his toes. If you push (gently!) on your belly, your baby at 13 weeks will wiggle around as his reflexes are starting to develop.

He can also swallow, yawn, and even hiccup, though you won't feel those hiccups for a few more weeks. All of these actions help develop the entire digestive system. His kidneys are also just starting to function and amniotic fluid will pass through his body as urine.

What to Consider When You're 13 Weeks Pregnant

One of the best things you can do for your 13 weeks pregnant body is to eat healthy. Healthy foods can give you the energy and nutrition that your baby needs, as well as protect you against any colds or illnesses.

Increased energy levels might have you thinking more about sex. Sex during pregnancy is completely safe, as long as you don't have any other complications. If you're worried about sex when you're pregnant at 13 weeks, talk to your doctor.

Exercise is also safe when you're pregnant at 13 weeks. Take care to avoid certain sports, such as horseback riding, skiing, and mountain biking, but regular exercise is perfectly safe.

Many women feel comfortable telling family and friends about their pregnancy since they've reached the second trimester. Now is also a good time to start thinking about a baby registry and researching the best baby gear, such as car seats and strollers.

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