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Pregnancy Week 13

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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby continues to develop externally to look more human-like. For instance, the head goes from being 1/4 the length of the body to 1/3. The neck is lengthening and baby's chin no longer rests on the chest. Baby's growth is now a more individual thing, with growing patterns varying greatly. The baby is now in effect practicing inhaling and exhaling. A fine downy growth of hair covers the baby now and will grow until approximately the 26th week of pregnancy. It protects the baby's skin from the amniotic fluid. The placenta provides all nourishment for the baby now. Roughly the size of a peach, the baby is about 3 3/4 inches long and weighs about 1 1/4 oz.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 13

This week you stand at the threshold of the next trimester, and as such you can look forward to what is typically the honeymoon period of pregnancy. However, that is not to say you are symptom-free. You may be experiencing leg cramps, caused by the increase of estrogen. Try to not sit for extended periods of time without little breaks. While sitting stretch out your legs and do little circles with your ankles.

Another symptom making an appearance is the vaginal discharge, leucorrhea. This thin, milky mildly odorous, discharge helps protect vagina from infection but will require you to wear panty liners now probably up until delivery. Never use tampons or douche during pregnancy. Douching is actually never a good idea, and during pregnancy it can increase risk of infections by upsetting the balance of bacteria, and can force air into birth canal, which is dangerous.

Your breasts are probably less tender now, but larger and lumpier, as the milk ducts are growing in preparation for breast feeding. Colostrum, the pre-milk substance can be expressed during the second trimester, and is a light yellowish, sticky consistency.

Stretch marks may start forming on breasts and abdomen, characterized by their pink or reddish streaky appearance. Up to 90% of women experience them, and avoiding rapid weight gain may help alleviate them. Also possibly of help, lotions containing vitamin E or alpha-hydroxy acid. Exercise may help as well. Take comfort in knowing, stretch marks will fade and turn a much less noticeable shade of silvery white after you give birth. Always check with your doctor before using any special medicated creams as they may contain drugs that will be absorbed into the blood stream via the skin.

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You may very well be feeling more amorous these days as the morning sickness lifts, and your breasts are less tender. Also those pregnancy hormones may jump start a formerly stuck libido. In most cases, couples can continue a healthy sex life right up to delivery, however there are a few conditions that will restrict sexual activity. If you or your partner feels anxious about whether it is really safe or not to have sex, you should definitely speak to your doctor to ease your concerns. Some conditions that may require you to abstain include unexplained vaginal bleeding, placenta presenting in a very low position, or placenta previa, problems with the cervix, particularly an incompetent cervix or dilating cervix, risk of premature labor, sexually transmitted diseases, water has broken, or history of multiple miscarriages. The ruling out of sex needs to be made by a doctor, and be sure to ask what specifically is forbidden, is it penetration of the vagina by anything, is orgasm permissible? You should forget your modesty and get the needed information. Don't assume, ask.

Preparing for Baby

Now that you will be feeling better for awhile, generally speaking, this will be a good time to work on the nursery. Incorporating your ideas and plans into the actual room will be a great outlet for your energies. Just check with your doctor before using paints or chemicals, and take care with climbing ladders or lifting heavy items.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

With sex during pregnancy, expect the unexpected. You may find, especially in the second trimester that your libido goes off the chart. However, your man's might be equally supercharged responding to yours, or looking at your blossoming figure, or he might be overwhelmed by the changes. It's important for couples to find ways to maintain closeness and intimacy whatever their sexual diet may consist of during pregnancy. It is also vital they communicate their desires, fears and needs with one another to avoid trouble, like hurt feelings or anger. If sex is off the menu, temporarily or longer, be sure to find other ways to connect physically. Back or foot rubs are great, so are kisses and hugs. Just make that closeness a priority.

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proud mother Sep 14, 2014 09:30:44 AM ET

Today i'm 13 weeks and 6 days. this is my second child. every now and then i feel little movements, but i think it's gas because of the location. it's sometimes high in my belly, some times low. is it ok not to feel your second baby move this early? i'm very nervous, and i don't want to go back to the doctor until i'm 16 weeks.

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lyndsey shorrock Sep 2, 2014 05:04:26 AM ET

Hi ladies. i'm 13 weeks, 6 days. i have 3 children, my youngest being 15. i have also had 6 miscarriages. i have gained a stone in weight already and not due to overeating. i can also feel baby moving, i have my first scan on thurs. i want to be excited but i'm to scared. i hope everything goes well for all you other ladies. x

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stacy Aug 20, 2014 06:30:34 PM ET

I'm 13 weeks and 2 days. i have a little morning sickness, and lots of spitting. now and then i can feel my baby moving. i have had two miscarriages and two live born, and i hope and pray everything will be ok for me and my baby. wishing all the moms to be good luck and gods blessing.

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nina May 20, 2014 08:54:35 AM ET

I'm 13 weeks pregnant and sometimes have bleeding. i also am having the morning sickness. anyone with same issue?

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anouska Nov 24, 2013 08:46:31 AM ET

I'm 13 weeks and 2 days pregnant today (2nd pregnancy). i was taken into hospital at 11 weeks 2 days with severe morning sickness which caused dehydration. i'm on tablets now to control it but surely by now i shouldn't still be needing them?

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Guest Jul 10, 2013 01:10:19 PM ET

Am 13 weeks and i am still spitting like hell, and sometimes vomitting. i hope it ends soon but asides from that am ssooo excited that i catch myself talking to my baby sometimes.

Berry Sweet Jul 22, 2013 09:00:25 PM ET

Sounds like you're having a little prince ♥

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mommy2be Jun 18, 2013 02:13:16 PM ET

This is my first . i am now 13 weeks and 3 days i havent experienced any morning sickness i went a week ago and got a ultra sound and my baby doing good. i cant wait till i find out if my little one is a boy/girl . me and my husband is very excited and cant wait till our baby gets here in our arms. good luck mommies and congrats .

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Evelyn May 22, 2013 12:06:03 AM ET

Well hello there! i am 13 weeks pregnant, with my first child, and i am going crazy cause i already want to know what i'm having! and trying to pick names is difficult!! but so far everything is going good. i actually never experienced the "morning sickness" thing so thats awesome lol i just want to say congrats to all of you ladies(:

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Patty May 9, 2013 06:35:51 PM ET

Hi ladies, i am 13 weeks and 5 days pregnant after 3 miscarriages this is my second child, all is going good thank god, morning sickness are hardly appearing now i am just enjoying each day to the fullest...

rlm Mar 5, 2014 05:35:07 AM ET

After all the miscarriages, did you have a full term pregnancy and healthy baby? i'm 13 weeks, 3 days today and had 2 miscarriages. i'm kind of scared but excited too.

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Paula May 6, 2013 02:04:13 PM ET

Hi ladies, im 13 weeks and 3 days and i have had no bad experiences except for little discomfort pain from my uterus. i was told by 2 doctors i could not fall pregnant due to the fact that i had my colon removed in 1998 and a rectum reconstruction done in 2005... my one ovary was removed and apparently my eggs were not falling into the right places as all my insides were moved around in all the operations but here we are. almost 14 weeks pregnant! no nausea and hardly any heart burn. my energy levels are coming back but my word, i feel 80 years old. i used to run 5 km and now i cant even walk around the block without hyperventilating.

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