Your pregnancy symptoms in week 13
Not all everyone has cravings during pregnancy. But if you do, it’s totally normal. Cravings can be triggered by hormonal changes in your body affecting taste and smell.
Take a look at our diet and nutrition guides on food swaps for a healthy pregnancy and how to have a balanced diet in pregnancy.
Feeling constipated or bloated
The hormonal changes in your body may cause you to become constipated very early on in your pregnancy. Try eating foods that are high in fibre, such as fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water.
Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).
If it burns when you wee, this can be a sign of a urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can be common in pregnancy. This is not an emergency, but it is important that the infection is treated as soon as possible before it reaches the kidneys. Find out more about UTI symptoms and treatment.
What to do in week 13
How can I find antenatal classes near me?
Antenatal classes are a great way to prepare for the birth of your baby. And they’re sometimes a good way to meet other expectant families in your area.
Ask your midwife, health visitor or GP about local classes (NHS classes are free). Some of these may be offered online. The National Children’s Charity (NCT) also offers antenatal classes for a fee.
Having a balanced diet in pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Good nutrition will keep you healthy and help your baby grow and develop.
If you were struggling with sickness in your first trimester and this has now stopped, you may be feeling hungrier. It’s a common assumption, but you don't need to eat for two!
You only need to increase your calorie intake in the third trimester, and even then you only need an extra 200 calories a day. This will help you manage your weight, which can help you stay healthy in pregnancy.
Follow the storage instructions for your food
There are some foods you should avoid in pregnancy.
It’s also important to:
- use foods by their use-by date
- follow the storage instructions on the label and use opened foods within 2 days (unless instructions on the packaging say otherwise)
- eat ready-to-eat food (food that you don’t need to cook or reheat before eating, such as salads or sandwiches) within 4 hours of being taken out of the fridge.
This can help you avoid an infection called listeriosis, which can cause problems in pregnancy. Find out more about how to avoid infections in pregnancy.
Staying active will give you energy
You may have felt a bit like sleeping more over the last couple of months, but hopefully you’ll find it a bit easier to stay active now. It doesn’t have to be an organised exercise class. Using the stairs, or walking to work, school or the shops really helps.
Being sedentary (sitting down a lot) in pregnancy increases your risks of complications so try to avoid this.
If you were active before pregnancy, you can continue doing whatever you did before at a level that feels comfortable for you. Research shows that exercise is safe and healthy in pregnancy. Here’s our guide to staying active in pregnancy.
Toning your pelvic floor muscles
If you haven’t already, this is a good time to start thinking about toning up your pelvic floor muscles.
Pregnancy and giving birth put a big strain on your pelvic floor. The more you can strengthen your muscles now, the better for the birth and after. Working these muscles will also help prevent you leaking wee when you laugh, sneeze or cough. It can make sex better too.
You could do a set of pelvic floor exercises every time you brush your teeth, wait for a bus or put the kettle on.
Should I still take folic acid?
You don’t need to take folic acid after 12 weeks of pregnancy. But it isn’t harmful, so you can carry on if you’re taking pregnancy multivitamin tablets that contain it.
All pregnant people are recommended to take a 10 microgram (or 400 IU) supplement of vitamin D each day. This will give your baby enough vitamin D for the first few months of their life.
Vitamin D may be included in your pregnancy multivitamin tablets, if you are taking them.
You can get vitamin supplements containing vitamin D free of charge if you're pregnant or breastfeeding and qualify for the Healthy Start scheme.