What happens to the mother’s body during week 13?

Congratulations! There’s only one week to go until you reach the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. Here’s what’s happening to your body during this period…

Even if your baby bump isn’t visible yet and you’re not wearing maternity clothes yet, you should know that things could start to change this week. If you experienced nausea, dizziness and extreme tiredness in the first trimester then you should start feeling a lot better from week 13 onwards.

Important! From this week onwards, the risk of miscarriage drops significantly.

This is the beginning of the “honeymoon” period of pregnancy

From week 13 to week 27, you will go through a period that many mothers call the “honeymoon” phase of pregnancy. This means that you will now have more energy, your sexual appetite will return, and you’ll be in a better mood generally. Most mothers-to-be enjoy this period of pregnancy the most.

But seeing as pregnancy brings some form of discomfort in all trimesters, from this week onwards you might heartburn more. It’s caused by progesterone, a hormone that helps the mother’s body prepare for birth. This relaxes your muscles and the sphincter at the entrance to the stomach, so as the foetus begins to move more, it puts pressure on your digestive tract, so your gastric acid comes out more easily.

Also around this period, you might start feeling a pressure sensation in the lower part of your abdomen. This is related to the fact that the baby is growing and your body is trying to adapt to the changes. Feeling slight pressure is normal, but if you feel pain or experience any other symptoms, contact your doctor just to check everything is fine.

Your breasts will change

Also this week you may notice a few stretch marks developing on your tummy, breasts, hips and rear. This means that these areas are slowly beginning to get bigger.

Your breasts will see the most obvious changes first. Around week 13, they will become more sensitive, they are already noticeably larger and the mammary glands are already preparing to produce milk so you will be able to feel some nodules already.

Even if it seems early, your breasts have already begun producing colostrum, a nutrient-rich liquid. It’s a thick, yellow, semi-transparent substance that is produced before the actual milk and which will feed the baby immediately after birth. You may also notice that under the skin of your breasts some veins are visible, this is normal and it shouldn’t worry you.