Your baby has now started to form a complete cycle of swallowing and excreting the amniotic fluid every few hours.
Up The Hydration Levels
You’ll now need to increase your own fluid intake. Be on the lookout for urine color - dark yellow means you need more fluids. Pale yellow or colorless means you’re well hydrated.
At week 13, you're nearing completion of your third month!
At this time of pregnancy, unique fingerprints are formed in your baby’s palms. Your baby is actively learning to kick, swallow, yawn and turn the head. The eyelids are still fused and the vocal cords develop. The big-sized head takes up a proportional size to balance the body and now it measures one-third of the total size. In the skeletal structure, the femur and clavicle bones develop first while the organs like stomach and intestines take shape from this week
Baby’s Length: 7.4 cm
Baby’s Weight: 23 g
By this week, the placenta takes over the production of hormones related to pregnancy which will give some relief from nausea.
As the growing baby requires more nutrients, there is an increased supply of blood through the blood vessels which results in visible veins, mainly in the abdomen and breast regions. However, they’ll disappear after childbirth.
For most pregnant women, nearly all the symptoms would have gone by now. Although, some expectant moms might experience nausea, heartburn, indigestion, constipation, bloating and gas, as the body responds differently to each pregnant woman.
Increased Sex drive
As a part of pregnancy symptom, most women experience increased sexual drive.
A slight amount of pain is common during the first trimester. However, call your doctor if it doesn’t go away despite resting well.