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13 weeks pregnant - what's happening

Welcome to the second trimester. Fingers crossed, over the next few weeks, you’ll leave the worst of the morning sickness and tiredness behind you.

13 weeks infographic.

What does my baby look like?

Your baby is growing fast - and you may be too! You might hear their heartbeat for the first time.

Your baby now weighs around 25g.

Although you won’t be feeling baby move just yet, they're dancing around inside you. As time goes on their jerky motions are turning into slower, more purposeful ones.

Your baby’s hands find their way to their mouth and sometimes they look like they might be yawning or breathing. At this stage your baby only sleeps for a few minutes at a time but later in pregnancy, they’ll start sleeping for longer stretches and you might even notice a pattern, or routine emerging.

Your baby’s ovaries or testes have developed inside their body and a tiny willy, or clitoris, are now forming where a bump was before.

Your symptoms - what's happening

Cravings?

Not all mums-to-be have a penchant for pickles. If, however, you do - that’s normal too (we won’t judge).

Cravings can be triggered by hormonal changes in your body affecting taste and smell. Also, sharp dips and peaks in your blood sugar levels can leave you hankering after sugary, comfort foods (hence the cake/ice cream/chocolate addiction).

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?

Hormones can play havoc with your digestive system in pregnancy, leaving you constipated and bloated.

Do you have a headache? Perhaps you’re suffering from cramps, indigestion, dizziness, heartburn or swollen feet?

Here’s our guide to 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

Actions to take

Healthy eating

If you were struggling with sickness and this has now stopped, you may be feeling hungrier. Although you need to eat food that is good for you and your baby, you don't need to eat for two!

You only need to increase your calorie intake in the third trimester, and then, only by 200 calories a day.

Find out more about managing your weight in pregnancy.

Can I eat packaged salad during pregnancy?

If you buy prepared salad that is pre-washed, it's fine to eat as long as you make sure you keep it in the fridge and don't eat it after the use-by date.

Check the ingredients in any packaged salads you buy to make sure they don't contain foods you should avoid in pregnancy.

Healthy bones for your baby

Calcium is crucial for your baby’s growing bones. Choose low fat yoghurt as a healthy alternative to full fat dairy foods - think about swapping ice cream for a delish dollop of low-fat frozen yoghurt instead.

Here are 10 super snack ideas to help your baby grow.

See ya sofa

You may have felt a bit like hibernating over the last couple of months - but hopefully those days are over. Now’s the time to get active again. Have you thought about signing up to a pregnancy exercise class?

Here’s our guide to staying active in pregnancy.

Work that pelvic floor!

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. Working these muscles will also help prevent you leaking wee when you laugh, sneeze or cough. 

You could do a set of pelvic floor exercises every time you brush your teeth, wait for a bus or put the kettle on.

Have you told your boss you’re pregnant yet?

You don’t have to tell your boss that you’re pregnant until the 15th week before the week your baby is due. It may be a good idea to tell them sooner though, especially if you have a strenuous job or need lots of check-ups early in your pregnancy.

“I work for a small company and two other women had announced their pregnancies just before me so I was really worried about how my news would go down, but everyone was so supportive.”

Rachael, mum of one

Read more about working in pregnancy.

Sources

1. You and your baby at 13–16 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-13-14-15-16.aspx [accessed 7 May 2015] (last reviewed: 10 February 2015; next review due: 10 February 2017)

2. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p.207.

3. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Jonathan Cape, p.207.

4. You and your baby at 13–16 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-13-14-15-16.aspx [accessed 7 May 2015] (last reviewed: 10 February 2015; next review due: 10 February 2017)

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  • By Carol (not verified) on 15 Apr 2018 - 20:17

    Im 14 weeks and ive been sick from day one,i get morning sickness all day everyday, not forgetting the excessive salivation which has me carrying a spit cup everywhere i go. Im losing alot of weight and recently got hives all over my body, been hospitalized twice but nothing is helping me.the last visit to the doc i was diagnosed with hyperemisis gravidarum. Moms to be please look it up.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Apr 2018 - 16:46

    Hi Carol, So sorry to hear this. We know how difficult Hyperemesis can be. For most women this resolves at around 12-14 weeks so I really hope this is so for you and that the rest of your pregnancy goes very well. Take good car of yourself.

  • By Nikki (not verified) on 29 Mar 2018 - 02:07

    Hi I'm 13 weeks pregnant and I have had 4 miscarriages before but a son before that I'm really nervous about all this. I want to make sure everything will be ok. I been to Dr and heard baby heartbeat at 8 and 12 weeks both being 161. I want to make sure that everything is ok. Would like to hear from someone else. Oh yeah I'm a high risk cus I'm 38 years old. It's just really nerve wracking because of what I have been through before. I will be 14 weeks on the 3rd of April

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Mar 2018 - 14:30

    Hi Nikki,

    Thank you for your comment. It is very understandable how you are feeling with what you have been through in the past having 4 miscarriages. From what you have said, everything sounds like this pregnancy is progressing normally, baby's heart rate is good and it sounds like your Dr is very happy with how everything is going.

    This doesn't take away the fact that you are anxious about this pregnancy and it is important that you find ways of managing this anxiety so that you can settle your nerves a little going forward in your pregnancy. Pregnancy does come with its own worries and anxieties but for some women, they do have the added stress of past experiences.

    It may be that you would benefit from some form of talking therapies like CBT, this is a great way of managing worrying thoughts and provides you with coping mechanisms to combat these worries. You can speak to your GP or midwife about getting a referral for this but the help and support is there is you ask for it. If you would like additional support then please get in touch with the Tommy's midwives on email [email protected] or call on 0800 0147 800 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By mongoose1 (not verified) on 28 Mar 2018 - 20:44

    I start a new career Tuesday 14 weeks pregnant and I have not told my boss. I feel really anxious, how do I do this as I am worried I will lose my career.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Mar 2018 - 14:01

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.

    Even if you are pregnant when you do start another job, this does not mean that you could loose your job or should be the victim of discrimination because this is against the law and your boss or employer should be well aware of your employment rights.

    If you know that you are pregnant then you do need to tell your new boss as you will be entitled to get paid when attending antenatal appointments. Your employer will also need to do a work risk assessment on you, so that you are working safely while pregnant. Please go to the following link for more information https://www.gov.uk/working-when-pregnant-your-rights
    Please have the courage to speak to your boss, tell them how you feel and that your are really passionate about your new career. Being pregnant should not change any opportunities for you and if it does then this is discrimination. Hope this helps, if you need further information then please email the Tommy's midwives on [email protected] Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Tshego (not verified) on 21 Mar 2018 - 07:17

    Hi I'm 13 weeks pregnant and I don't feel anything I'm worried guyz

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 12:31

    Hi Tshego,
    I am unsure if you mean you do not have any pregnancy symptoms or that you have no been feeling your baby move? With regards to symptoms, some pregnant women do not have any pregnancy symptoms and this can be very normal, we are only concerned when there is a sudden loss of symptoms, then we would advise for you to be reviewed.
    At this stage in pregnancy we would not expect for you to be feeling your baby move yet, this normally happens between about 18-24 weeks of pregnancy. If you have not felt your baby move by 24 weeks then we would advise for you to speak with your midwife to be reviewed. I hope this helps, if you would like to talk further then please do email us [email protected] Best wishes, Tommy's midwife.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 May 2017 - 11:52

    Hello!
    Thank you for your feedback about our nutrition information. We work with experts in the field and the general public to make sure all of our information is accurate and up-to-date so we will definitely consider this point when we next review our nutrition section. If you would like to be involved in the process please email my colleague Amy at [email protected] And if you have any further feedback we’d love to hear from you. Best wishes x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 May 2017 - 14:10

    The advice about low fat yoghurt being healthier than full fat is totally outdated and not scientifically-backed. You may like to think of updating it!

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