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Week 13 of Pregnancy

FACTS:

The womb environment, like a bag of water, cushions the baby from bumps, keeps it at a constant warm temperature and allows freedom of movement.

Your baby’s genital swelling becomes either a penis or clitoris.

Your baby’s arms are lengthening to become more in proportion with its body. Because it has no layer of fat beneath its skin, it looks very thin and wrinkly.

As the neck elongates, the head raises up, looking more human-like.

TIPS:

Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Start now if you haven’t already! This group of muscles is weakened by the hormonal and weight changes of pregnancy and exercising them will improve your ability to relax the pelvic area during labour and delivery, reduce the risk of episiotomy and incontinence (involuntary urination) as well as fast-tracking your post natal recovery. Yes, these muscles are worth the increased effort!

Air travel is considered safest during the second trimester provided that your pregnancy is not considered high risk. This may be your last chance for some time to organise a holiday in an international location.

Does your oven need cleaning? Persuade your partner, a friend or family member to do it for you. Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaning agents that may harm your baby.
Moles can appear or change during pregnancy. If they change, you need to have them checked.

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.





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