Pregnancy Weeks 13 - 14
Pregnancy Week 13
The high risk weeks of the pregnancy are now finished. The tiredness and the vomiting are now less but you may feel hungry frequently and crave for some food items.
Making love with your partner is not harmful at all to the baby as the baby is protected by the uterine wall, the amniotic sac and the fluids inside. In addition, a mucus plug closes the cervix and the uterus.
Eating smaller snacks is recommended at regular intervals while avoiding much sugar is to be always remembered. Including fruits and vegetables is vital at this stage. Mercury and Listeria causing food items should always be avoided. These include hot dog, deli meat, raw milk, cheese (especially soft and ripened cheese, such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue veined or Mexican-style “queso blanco), raw poultry and meat, ice creams, uncooked veggies and smoked fish and green lip mussel. Drinking lot of fluids is also important.
While the eyes and ears are being developed and moving forward, the baby is now learning to breathe within the amniotic fluids. The neck starts to become longer and both hands start to function. The baby gets all the nourishment through the placenta. The heartbeat of the baby continues to remain fast and all 20 baby teeth are developed. The baby is now able to suck his/her thumbs.
Your child is 2.91 inches weighing 0.81 ounces, which is about the same size as that of a lime.
Pregnancy Week 14
Your uterus now is similar in size to a grapefruit. Frequent visits to the toilet and the continued increase in the size of the expectant mother are to be expected at this stage. You may struggle to a sleeping posture that is most comfortable for you. It is important at this time to shop for maternity clothes. An expectant mother may choose a belly-band to support her uterus while it grows to a larger size. When the uterus starts to become larger, the stomach gets lesser space due to an increased uterus size, it is common to for you to feel some heartburn, indigestion and flatulence along the way of your pregnancy.
Over the next few weeks, your family doctor or obstetrician will suggest some different pre-natal tests to be conducted on you to make sure you will be having a successful pregnancy. The Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), Quad or Triple Screen for neural disorders are some of the suggested tests.
The thyroid gland produces hormones and the baby's bones gain strength. For the female child, the ovaries are developed and the prostrate of a male fetus develop at this stage. Fine hair, known as lanugo, covers the baby's transparent skin. Sucking the thumb and wiggling and moving often is common.
The length of the baby now is 3.42 inches (8.7 centimeters). The baby now weights roughly the weight of a letter, i.e. 1.52 ounces (43 grams).
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