Pregnancy week 13 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body
What to expect
You are nearing the end of the first trimester. You may have an increased sense of smell. Luckily, from now on you are less likely to feel nausea, painful breasts and nipples, food aversions or fatigue. You will less of an urge to go to the bathroom frequently. The down side is that you may have dizzy spells and low sex drive.

Baby size

Week 13 size guide
What to expect
Your baby is as big as a Lime (20 cms long and 20 gums in weight).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size
What to expect
Baby is fully formed with organs, muscles, limbs and bones in place! It is too early though for you to feel your baby’s movements. Your baby has doubled in size and is a half ounce in weight compared to the previous week.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 13 wellness guide
Tips
  • Make sure you have your Iron tablets.
  • Take plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Avoid raw seafood and fish with higher levels of mercury.
  • Do pelvic exercises.
  • You may have a white milky vaginal discharge. This is normal.
  • Have a wholesome diet – oily fish, eggs, nuts and flak seeds. If you are not enjoying eggs substitute with soy, dal, beans and grain. Milk with youghurt or vegetables with fruit. Avoid raw or uncooked paneer.
  • Try to stay a healthy weight and not overweight.
  • Know about all the laboratory tests and investigations that you may need.
  • You may wonder whether your belly should be bigger or smaller. Try not to compare yourself with other pregnant women!

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor
Questions
  1. What medications can I take or should not take?
  2. Does my family history or any other issue make pregnancy high-risk for me?
  3. I get constipated when I take Iron tablets. What can I do?
  4. Do I need to change my eating habits?
  5. What medications can I take or should not take now?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 13 wellness guide
Action points
1. Take folic and iron supplement tablets. 2. Take a confirmatory pregnancy test. 3. Schedule visit to GP.

Questions you may have

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“I made sure that I took some time out every day to relax. I spent it listening to the radio or music. I would read magazines.