Pregnancy Week 13: Wave Goodbye to Your First Trimester
It is finally here, the last week of your first trimester, and it is okay to be really excited about it. After all, you have finally made it through the reputed toughest trimester of your pregnancy! Your hormones must have settled down significantly by now and your symptoms would be a little less persistent. By this week, the risk of a miscarriage will subside significantly, so you can slightly breathe easily and start enjoying a bit more.
How’s the Baby Doing?
By the end of your first trimester, your baby will be the size of a peach, having grown and developed at a speedy rate. You can usually expect it to be 2.9 inches long and 0.81 ounces in weight by now. The head of your baby is now about 1/3 the size of its body. By now, the baby will be forming teeth, vocal cords and fingerprints. The intestines of your baby will also move in its tummy from the umbilical cord. In addition, the connection between your baby’s brain, nerves and muscles would have established, so it will move more freely.
The symptoms you will be facing this week include:
• Increased nasal congestion
• More visible veins due to the increased blood circulation
• A subsequent decrease in fatigue and nausea
• An increased sex drive, sometimes even more than normal
• Feeling excessively hungry
What to Do?
Now, you need to render more control over your diet so you should avoid thinking that you are eating for two. Keep a balanced nutritional diet since the quality of food is more important than the quantity of food at this time. You will also feel more energized during this week, so start exercising after a consultation with your doctor but do not over-exert yourself.