Pregnancy Week 13

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This week marks the first week of the second trimester. Say goodbye to the unpleasant pregnancy symptoms of morning sickness and frequent urination. Say hello to the honeymoon phase of the pregnancy, the second trimester. You may already be rid of the unwanted pregnancy symptoms by now. On the other hand, you may be still suffering. Generally, by the second trimester those symptoms have gone away. By now, the hormones have established the pregnancy, and no longer make you feel sick. By now, the uterus has lifted up and off the bladder (relief for that frequent urination). This first week leads the way to these good things to come.

This week the baby has grown and grown, their head has grown a lot and it half the size of the torso at this point. All together, this little baby can fit in the palm of your hand, a little bigger than a golf ball. The baby’s bones are getting stronger every day, their digestive system is active, and they are developing their ability to talk, when they make their entrance in the world in about six months. You can see the baby clearly on an ultrasound. They may wave and kick, and even suck their thumb or hand. What a precious site when you get to see them like this for the first time.

The second trimester generally marks the time when your physician may say you are “out of the woods,” meaning your risk for miscarriage goes way down. However, it is always a chance to happen; still the chances are a lot lower at this point. Your belly is blossoming, and will continue to over the next six months. You feel great now, and it is safe to exercise as long as your physician says so. The vaginal discharge will continue, but this is completely normal, as the cervix is continuing with the cervical plug.

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