Week 13 of Pregnancy: You are now 13 weeks pregnant, and your baby is about 7cm from head to toe and weighs about 30g. This week, baby has a lot of changes, including the umbilical cord moving to the baby’s tummy, which is attached to a growing placenta that provides all the basic needs of the baby. Your placenta now weighs about 30 grams and will grow to nearly 900 grams in the future. Your baby’s vocal cassette is being formed and you can’t hear anything now, but as soon as your baby is born, you’ll hear the sound of the vocal cassette, and your baby may now be putting her thumb in her mouth.

Changes in the body and life – Week 13 of Pregnancy

Symptoms of your pregnancy may begin to subsidise or even disappear. Soon, your spirit will recover better like before. If there are some symptoms of nausea and fatigue, rest assured that it will be reduced in the next few weeks.

Unfortunately, this does not mean that you will not have other symptoms, one of which is an increase in vaginal discharge, also known as Leukorrhea. Your Discharge may be thin, milky, odorless, but do not panic, this is normal and usually caused by a large sudden increase in estrogen (Estrogen, is another pregnancy hormone ). As blood flow to the pelvic area increases, vaginal Discharge increase to protect your birth tract from infection. If your vaginal discharge begins to taste and color changes, inform your doctor immediately, this may be a sign of infection.

What should I be aware of – Week 13 of Pregnancy

You may be worried about how to exercise during pregnancy, and there are things you need to know before you start a new exercise. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Keep your exercise intensity to the extent that you can talk at the same time, do not make yourself feel out of  breathe.
  • If you begin to experience difficult breathing, fatigue, or dizziness, choose low-intensity exercise and rest.
  • Please modify your exercise habits as your pregnancy progresates. Keep in mind that your baby will increase your body’s weight, and to avoid any harm, you should listen to the body and understand how much you can do.
  • Be aware of changes in your body, stop any exercise that can cause pain or fatigue.

Periodic maternity inspection

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, tell your doctor that this can happen when walking the stairs at work or at home. Typically, this will only last for a few minutes, but if your breathing deteriorates or you have chest pain, contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency care. When you can’t breathe, oxygen in your blood decreases, resulting in hypoxia.

What checks should I do?

During regular maternity checkups, the doctor will perform routine checkups, including the following:

  • Measure your weight and blood pressure
  • Check blood sugar and protein in urine
  • Check fetal heart rate
  • Examination of the size of the uterus by external palpation
  • Height measurement from the bottom of the uterus
  • Check your hands and feet for swelling or varicose veins
  • If you have any symptoms that cause discomfort, please inform your doctor.
  • Before going to a doctor, make a list of all your questions and concerns.

Health information during pregnancy

It is important to ensure safety during exercise, it is good to strengthen the heart beat, but when the heart rate exceeds 140 times per minute, it is harmful. The best way to measure the intensity of your exercise is to listen to your body’s signals and sweat well, but when you’re having trouble breathing, or when you’re not able to speak, it’s time to stop. Choose from low-intensity sports, such as swimming or walking, or take a break to avoid any potential harm to yourself or your baby.

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