Baby at 13 Weeks Gestation
At 13 weeks pregnant your body and baby are doing some amazing things. The pancreas and liver is now functioning and they are even starting to grow hair on their head and eyebrows. Everyday your baby’s bones are becoming stronger. This is a good thing for when they begin to crawl and walk. Baby’s vocal chords are developing which they will need for speaking, laughing, and crying.
Now that your baby is able to swallow, they are practicing by ingesting amniotic fluid. Your baby will have their first bowel movement after birth. It is called meconium. It is dark, sticky, and very mild odored unlike the other bowel movements your baby will have.
Your Body at 13 Weeks Pregnant
You are in the first week of the second trimester. Most women say that the second trimester of pregnancy is the easiest. This is due to most symptoms subsiding and you have had time to adjust to being pregnant.
This is a great time to start telling people that you are expecting such as your employer, family, and friends. You can do this by planning a pregnancy announcement. However, it is up to you and your partner when you announce the big news. This is a great time to start a baby registry so your family and friends can help you prepare for baby.
You might find yourself being occasionally congested. This is because your hormones are opening up your blood vessels. Depending on the season, it might be a good time to get a flu shot in case you do fall ill. Being pregnant can compromise your immune system and can make it harder for you to fight off illness. The flu shot can offer some additional protection.
Your appetite has probably return although you might be experiencing heartburn from time to time. Make sure that you are eating a balance diet. Although you are eating for you and your baby, that doesn’t mean that you should over indulge.