Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

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13

 Weeks 

Pregnant

September 10, 2021
8
min read
IN THIS ARTICLE
Your baby is the size of a peach!
Height
8
centimeter
Weight
28
gram
How far along now?

3 months 1 week

Which trimester is this?

2nd trimester

How many more weeks to go?

27 weeks more..

Week

13

of your pregnancy

Your baby is dancing around in your womb quite actively, but because the size is still small, you don’t feel much. (S)he is swallowing and placing a tiny hand on the mouth making it look like a yawn. Nap times are short: only a few minutes at a time. The fingertips are developing ridges to accommodate fingerprints that will form over the next few weeks. The ovaries or testes have developed inside their body and a tiny penis is shaping where only a bump existed.

Garbha Vriddhi

तृतीयेमासि सर्वेन्द्रियाणि सर्वांगावयवाश्च योगपद्येनाभिनिर्वर्तन्ते । -चरक शारीरस्थान 4/11

Ayurveda says the baby can feel pleasure and pain from this month onwards.

Your Baby's Development

Main Highlights
Bones Getting Stronger
The little skeleton is strengthening its cartilages.
Fingers & Toes
The fingers and toes are getting nicely differentiated.
Vocal Chords
Vocal chords are developing.
Digestive System
The tiny digestive system is beginning practice contraction to get ready for a lifetime of processing food!
Bones Getting Stronger

The little skeleton is strengthening its cartilages. Bones are getting stronger. Tissue, which will harden into bone, is developing in your baby's head, arms, and legs. Tiny ribs might be visible.

Fingers & Toes

The fingers and toes are getting nicely differentiated.

Vocal Chords

Vocal chords are developing.

Digestive System

The tiny digestive system is beginning practice contraction to get ready for a lifetime of processing food!


Your Pregnancy Symptoms

Main Highlights
Sharp Lower Abdominal Pain
Cravings
Tiredness and Fatigue saying Bye-Bye
Infection-risks in Early Pregnancy
Sharp Lower Abdominal Pain

This is also called round ligament pain. It happens when you get up or shift positions suddenly and is because of the uterus growing. Nothing to worry about unless it's unbearable.

iMumz Tip
Try stretching your left leg and then right to loosen your ligaments and to gently stretch the contractile tissue.
Cravings

Those hormones can cause cravings. Changes in blood sugar levels can also leave you craving sugary foods. Avoid processed food.

iMumz Tip
‍A natural source of sugar would be mangoes and bowl of sweet potato porridge or sweet potato mash will regulate your sugar cravings along with good nutrition
Tiredness and Fatigue saying Bye-Bye

Mum, you might feel a gush of energy this week. Make the most of it by engaging in gentle exercises. Those will release endorphins that will lift your mood while helping you sleep better, too. This is a good habit to get into as in the later stages of pregnancy you may struggle with sleep because of indigestion and heartburn, or frequent urination. Start now and reap the benefits in later weeks.

iMumz Tip
‍Try our yoga nidra exercises to achieve a deep state of relaxation. Move your awareness from the external world to your inner world as you do the exercise. Enter a state of deep sleep in which your senses, intellect, and mind relax.
Infection-risks in Early Pregnancy

Stay away from cat faeces that could contain a bug called toxoplasma gondii, uncooked foods or street food. Avoid undercooked meats, cured meats like salami, and unpasteurised goats' milk and cheese. Wash fruits and vegetables well before consuming.

iMumz Tip
‍Eat home-made , well cooked, fresh (within 2-3 hours of cooking), vegetarian food. to increase your Ojas (immune system). Indulge in Aromatherapy, and do daily exercises.

iMumz Wellness Tip

Have you been feeling pregnancy-induced stress in your marriage? The hormones of early pregnancy may have caused emotional ups and downs, you may have been feeling weepy, tired, and anxious about things to come.

Marital stress and conflict are common, so you are not alone. Mediation done together by both parents has a deep impact on a shared sense of calmness.

Check this guided meditation activity for stillness and connecting with your partner.

We have curated several  partner-based activities and expert-led webinars, to involve daddy, too!


Your Pregnancy check-ups

  • Your doctor will place the Doppler on your abdomen, over your uterus to check your baby’s heart rate. The ‘whow-whow’ sounding beats will be music to your ears.
  • An ultrasound scan will be done to measure the thickness of fluid behind the baby's neck, called the nuchal translucency.
  • This scan will also check the foetus generally for abnormalities. The list the doctor follows for checking comprises: head spine, body, stomach, bladder legs, arms, hands and feet. It is too early at this point for abnormalities of the heart, kidneys and face to be

What should you eat in Week 12 of pregnancy?

An additional tip for a well-rounded diet. Often, a single food can be a source of multiple nutrients. Lentils or ‘daal’ are an excellent source of folic acid, omega 3 fatty acids and iron.

Main Highlights
  • Chatpata Salad
  • Moong Dal Dosa
    Also called pesarattu dosa

Moong Daal is light on a pregnant woman’s digestive system and provides 80% of the daily folate requirement in one cooked cup (202 grams). It protects against heat stroke, lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Here are two interesting ways to consume Moong Daal.

Chatpata Salad.

Soak a cup of green moong daal for 3 hours, then boil until tender. Drain the water and add finely chopped coriander, onions and tomatoes. Add some shredded raw mango (if available), chaat masala, amchur (dry mango powder) and sendha namak (rock salt) to taste. Mix it well and top it with savoury crispies.

Moong Daal dosa

This is also called pesarattu. Soak a cup of green moong dal and two tbsp of chana dal for 4 - 8 hours. Drain the water, and blend in a mixie. Add half cup rice flour. Mix chopped onions, jeera, ginger in the batter. Mix it well, add some water and then pour a ladleful on a hot griddle that has some oil on it. Spread like a thin pancake. spread it in a circular motion thin circle. Flip when done. Have with chutney.

iMumz provides micro nutrients week by week for your daily dose of nutrition. Diet charts and recipes are made by mothers to give your daily dose of health for your baby and you.

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Ideal Weight Gain

28

gram
Your baby is growing!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.
How to soothe breast tenderness in early pregnancy?
A.

Your breasts begin to grow as the tissues prepare for nursing. The fat cells are increasing, the skin is stretching which may make them itchy. Montgomery tubercles or little goose bumps like structures which are actually sweat glands that supply lubrication to that area are appearing. Nipples start protruding and feeling somewhat tingly. The areola is getting darker.

Massage your breasts with warm coconut oil to relieve tenderness, promote healthy growth and also maintain tone of the breast after the baby is weaned.

Q.
How to make your bones stronger in pregnancy?
A.

Practicing mindfulness while sitting in the morning sunlight fills your Vitamin D stores and makes your bones stronger. How about watering plants at that time: two good deeds in one stroke?

Another good practice is to have (in moderation) Sesame seeds that are loaded with copper, magnesium, calcium, healthy omega-3 fats and have high protein content, which can be beneficial for people suffering from bone-related issues.
30 grams of unhulled sesame seeds contain 22 percent of the daily requirement for calcium and are also loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein.
Ayurveda recommends massage with Sesame oil. This oil can penetrate all seven layers of the skin and strengthen the bones.



iMumz has a team of naturopaths and doctors working round the clock to prepare a rich repository of such tips.

Myth Vs Fact

MYTH

Exercising will cause miscarriage / hurt the baby.

FACT

Research shows that when mum exercises, her baby’s heart rate becomes slower and variable. Simply put, these are both signs of cardiovascular health. It also stimulates the baby’s brain development.
Till Week 12, you can keep it simple though: just a 20-minute walk per day is fine.

Bonding with your baby

Specialized sound transmitters called ‘hair cells’  have grown inside the cochlea of the baby and will, over time, connect to a nerve that sends sound impulses to the brain. The baby might not hear your voice yet, but when you do activities to relax and connect, your happy hormones reach the little one.

We have weekly bonding activities to help mums to connect with babies for their all-round development.

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