Your Pregnancy Fetal Development: Week 13
Welcome to the last week of your first trimester. Any day now you'll start to feel your energy (and libido!) return. You may even be able to hold down a bite of food. Imagine that! Take advantage of your new robust status and go out to dinner, catch a movie or take that last big pre-baby vacay. Trust us, do it now, because in a few months you'll be too big to sausage yourself into the airplane seats (even if you can afford first class!).
What You're Thinking: "OK, fine, my skinny jeans aren't working anymore—and my "fat day" clothes don't even fit. I'm going shopping and I'm not coming back until I've got something I look fabulous in."
Your baby can make a fist and even suck his or her thumb this week—both skills that are über-cute during infancy ... and not so much at the age of 9. If you're really lucky, you might catch a glimpse of baby's thumb sucking on an ultrasound photo. That's a framer! Other exciting developments include:
- Your baby's eyelids are fused shut to protect his eyes as they develop. His bones and skull are solidifying and soon itsy-bitsy ribs may appear. (Baby ribs! How cute is that?!) Baby's intestines are finally right where you want them—in his or her belly instead of poking out into the umbilical cord. Baby's tooth sockets are all loaded and ready to pop out baby teeth six or seven months after baby is born (causing baby a lot of pain and you a lot of lost sleep).
- Who's that singing? Elton John? Could be your baby: His vocal cords and larynx are completed now.
- Your baby-to-be now weighs about 20 grams and is nearly 3 inches long, or about the size of a Nutter Butter, covered in chocolate. OK, it doesn't have to be covered in chocolate, but isn't everything better that way?
- Say hello to the girls! Your boobs are probably looking pretty glorious at this point. You can thank your hormones for your newfound cleavage. (Yes, those same hormones that had you hugging the porcelain throne for the past 12 weeks. See, they're not all bad!) Estrogen and progesterone are stimulating the milk-producing glands in your boobs and making them grow, grow, grow.
- Your belly may be popping out a bit now as well. If you're feeling "huge" already, just wait. You ain't seen nothing yet! All women start showing at different times in their pregnancies, so don't stress if you're not obviously pregnant ... or if you already look like you're in your 14th month.
- You may experience a little milky discharge "down there" this week—it's nothing to worry about. As your pregnancy continues, you can expect more of this leucorrhea (that's the technical term for it).
- Your baggy jeans and sweats are barely making the cut, but you're swimming in official "maternity clothes." For this awkward in-between stage, try these non-maternity, maternity clothes options. (Bonus: They'll be useful on the other side, too, as you patiently wait for the baby weight to come off.)
- Buy only a few pieces at a time since it's hard to predict how quickly you'll grow. Treat yourself every few weeks to a little retail therapy at Target, Old Navy, H&M or Forever 21—a store that doesn't sell maternity wear but is what one woman called "the teenage pregnancy store" thanks to its mass appeal to both high-schoolers and trendy moms-to-be.
- Don't be shy about borrowing clothes from a relative, friend or even your husband.
- Who needs "maternity clothes" when you can buy regular clothing in stretchy materials, longer lengths or a size larger than usual? It's a way of pulling off "your style" ... just more of your style.
- If buying "necessary" clothes—as in "it is necessary that I find something to wear out in public"—has exhausted you, get a little pickup in the form of shopping for something totally unnecessary. A rocking bag, cute shoes or cool jewelry is something you'll actually be able to wear after junior is born. Not to mention that none of those items are dependent on how big your belly is.
- Still trying to keep the presence of your Mini under wraps? There are a few ways to hide your pregnant belly.