How your baby’s growing
Week 13, sees your baby’s fingerprints begin to form. Baby’s veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head. If you’re having a girl, baby girl at this stage has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long and is the size of a pea pod. She weighs nearly an ounce now. 13 weeks pregnant.
How your life’s changing
Week 13, marks the last week of your first trimester, making the risk of miscarriage much lower than earlier in pregnancy. Second trimester, which starts the following week, is usually a time of relative comfort for many women who experience early pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue, as all of these wane. Also, a lot of women also notice a distinct increase in their sex drive around this time.
Even as birth is still months away, your breasts may have already started making colostrum, the nutrient-rich fluid that feeds your baby for the first few days after birth, before your milk starts to flow.
Healthy eating during pregnancy
In your first trimester to gain the required amount of weight, you need no extra calories. Second trimester however, should see you consuming 340 extra calories a day, while 3rd trimester is about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester. If you’re overweight or underweight or even carrying multiple babies, you’ll need more or less than this depending on your weight gain goal.
Also, try and skip junk food during your pregnancy period. You shoud also drink about 10 8-ounce glasses of fluid [plain water]per day (80 fluid ounces) during pregnancy. You may need more if you live in a warm climate, at high altitude, or if you’re exercising. Every woman is different, so don’t worry if you find you need a little more or less.
What are some important nutrients?
- Protein: Aim for 71 grams of protein a day. Lean meats, eggs, and dairy products, as well as nuts, beans, and soy products like tofu, are all good sources. Three servings a day should help you meet your goal. Fish is a good source of protein (as well as vital omega-3 fatty acids). Stick to only the healthy fishes though.
- Iron: you should get 27 milligrams of iron every day to help ward off iron-deficiency anemia which is a common problem among pregnant women. Best source of iron includes Lean red meat. If you’re a vegetarian or just detest meat, you can get some iron from vegetables such as spinach and legumes like lentils. It is possible to find it difficult getting enough iron from these sources, though, so your doctor may recommend an iron supplement.
- Calcium: Four servings of dairy products a day will aid in getting you the 1,000 mg of calcium needed. You need (1,300 mg if you’re 18 or younger). Your baby needs calcium for the formation of his bones and teeth.So mums should ensure they consume just about enough calcium for them and baby as this is highly important.
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