Week 13 of Pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar: You are now 13 weeks pregnant

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13 weeks old fetus (baby)

Week 13 of fetal development

This is the time for you to enjoy your pregnancy, since all the pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and irritation, among others, begin to ease. By now the placenta takes over hormone manufacture from your ovaries. These hormones such as progesterone and estriol play a vital role in maintaining your pregnancy and inducing the necessary changes in your body.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Go for regular ante-natal check-ups. A record of your weight, blood pressure, size of pregnancy, blood and urine investigations and ultrasound scan, is important at the beginning.
  • Improve your posture to avoid backache, keep your back straight.
  • Start taking your iron, calcium and vitamin supplements regularly.
  • Avoid bending down too much.
  • Eat well and drink enough fluid.
  • Do light exercise.
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