13 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

13 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

You’ve got a beet, you’ve got a beet, you’ve got a beet… YEAH, you’ve got a beet!

Baby is now the size of, you guessed it, a red beet [and you’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head]!

13 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Your baby weighs about 5 ounces and can flex her arms and legs. The external sex organs are formed by this time and an ultrasound technician may be able to determine the gender as early as 14 weeks. Nausea is hopefully improving as you end your first trimester and ease into your second trimester.

13 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

The secret is out and so is this little bump! There’s no need to hide it anymore! We found out our little one’s gender with the results of DNA testing, and we’re not just thrilled about the gender, but we’re so excited to learn that our sweet little love is free of any genetic issues that the test screens for. Of course, the results wouldn’t have changed a thing about our love for this child, but this momma will take all the peace of mind she can get!

Since you can’t typically see the gender on an ultrasound until about week 16, I write about the pregnancy milestone of revealing the gender there. I also share a little bit about our own gender reveal for this baby and our big brother, B!

What are you feeling?

Decrease in Appetite

This is something that happened last time and I remember talking to my doctor about it, actually concerned about my wellbeing and the wellbeing of my baby boy… I just wasn’t hungry. Ever. I would get home from work at 4:00 and realized I had only eaten breakfast that day because I felt like my body was just not going to be able to go on! I’d have to force myself to eat eat eat throughout the day to get my calories in!

It’s happening again. I’m just not hungry. All the mommy/pregnancy blogs will tell you that you’re supposed to be insanely hungry during the 2nd trimester, but that has not necessarily been my situation.

My doctor assured me that pregnancy is designed to ensure that NO MATTER WHAT, that baby gets what he or she needs. If you’re calcium deficient, the baby will pull the calcium it needs from your teeth and bones. The baby takes what it needs, depleting the momma even more so. Eating the calories necessary is hugely important for mom, so protein shakes and frequent snacking is going to be my life until this appetite comes back!

Testy / Sassy / Attitude Problems

I’ve got a MAJOR attitude. Like, I’m pretty short tempered…

I had a moment where I just had to escape before I lost it the other day. Trying to get out of town on a long weekend, in the Texas heat, with a sleepy toddler… I literally ran away and sat in my car and cried a little bit so that I wouldn’t lose it on the people I loved. A spray tan and a cup of coffee [and some prayers] made for the best 20 minute break and I went home refreshed and renewed.

Overall, I think chasing a toddler keeps me more tired than I was last time and that makes it a lot harder to be patient. I’ve realized that little breaks here and there can really help. I need Jesus. And about 30 cupcakes. Then some toddler snuggles and I’ll be fine again.

Acne

Pregnancy glow schmegnancy glow. My chin and cheeks look like a pepperoni pizza! I’m thankful for the Balancing Set from Beautycounter because some areas are really oily and others are REALLY dry. Beautycounter products are completely safe to use during pregnancy, so that peace of mind I mentioned earlier? Yeah… it’s nice to have.

How to Survive this week:

Hopefully, you’re no longer having to survive the weeks anymore! It’s nice to be feeling better and even nicer that the secret is out! The fun part of the pregnancy is here, so get ready for a few months of fun before the craziness begins!

2nd Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your second trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 2nd Trimester // The Ultimate Baby Registry Guide
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child // Home Tour – Baby B’s Nursery
Home Tour – Baby A’s Nursery

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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