Tuesday, 29 January 2013

What to expect : Week 13

As the first trimester of your pregnancy draws to a close your baby is about the size of a peach. The bones are beginning to form in your baby’s arms and legs, the intestines are beginning to move from the umbilical cord to the abdomen and the vocal cords are under construction. Now that your baby can move their arms they may be able to suck their thumb and many mums-to-be see this when they have their ultrasound scans.

Now that your body has had a trimester to adjust to pregnancy, you may find that you are starting to feel less tired and that you have more energy. Now is the perfect time to start gently exercising as this will stand you in good stead for giving birth; be sure not to overdo it and if you are unsure what types of exercises you should be doing visit a personal trainer who will be able to advise you.

You may find that you are still experiencing some of the negative side effects of pregnancy including strange food cravings, heartburn, indigestion and constipation. Be reassured this is completely normal. However, if something is worrying you be sure to mention it to your midwife.

Many women notice that the veins on their bodies become much more prominent as they progress through their pregnancy. Although they may not be a particularly welcome sight they are actually a good thing as your increased blood supply is carrying much needed nutrients to your baby and they will fade after you have given birth.

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