Now, where do I sit?
Your physical changes this week
It's citrus fruit time for you in week 13. Your uterus is the size of a grapefruit and just as full. You may be more conscious of feeling a heaviness when you sit down or at the end of the day.
You may be looking a bit different around the tummy. More rounded with less of a defined waist and a bit of thickness around your navel. Not so much that you need to revolutionize your wardrobe quite yet, but just a bit softer in some way.
If you've had babies before, you will probably find that you "show" earlier than if it’s your first pregnancy. The muscles and ligaments which support your abdomen are more relaxed and have stretched before. Winter, with all its extra bulky clothing, can provide a perfect means of disguising an enlarging tummy. That's if you want to keep your news a secret for a while longer.
If you’re still having nausea, you may find that eating 5-6 smaller meals a day is better than restricting yourself to the standard 3. Try not to wait too long before you eat and aim to keep your blood sugar at a steady level. There is research to support the fact that women who are pregnant with a boy, tend to eat more than if they’re carrying a girl.
Your emotional changes this week
Your baby's changes this week
Your baby is preparing his vocal chords from this week. One of the most amazing noises you will ever hear is your baby's first cry, a mix between relief and longing to calm them.
There will be times of course when you’ll wish those vocal chords didn’t work quite as well as they do. Welcome to parenthood.
The connections between your baby's brain, muscles and nerves have all formed by now. He’s able to move freely and use his muscles to push and pull himself into various positions.
Hints For the Week
Avoid thinking you’re now able to "eat for two". You will only pay for this later when it can be hard to lose excess pregnancy weight. An ideal weight gain in pregnancy is between 25 to 30 pounds, less if you begin pregnancy overweight and more if you started out underweight. Remember, it’s the quality, rather than the quantity of food which you need to be careful about. Don’t deny yourself the occasional treat but be sensible about what you put into your mouth.
Start looking for maternity clothes. If your budget is tight think about borrowing from a friend who has had a baby recently. Secondhand maternity clothes are usually in great condition because they've not been worn for very long.
Stay tuned for the start of your second trimester.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.