Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pregnancy: Week 13

GOOODBYYYYE Morning Sickness!!! (Hello, Exhaustion..)

Woohoo! It feels SO good to not be sick anymore! As many soon-to-be moms in the first Trimester, I feared this day would never come! Luckily for me, it did! (Although I can't tell you how many women I bumped into over the past few weeks who said, 'I was sick the entire pregnancy.')

Which brings me to a very important point: when you're pregnant, don't take pregnancy crap from other women! Don't let them tell you how your pregnancy is going to be! And don't let the dramas of their pregnancies overwhelm you!! For better (or worse), no one know what pregnancy will be like for you - you have to trust that your body will do everything in its power to create a healthy baby and try not to stress yourself out.

This week, Baby Center gave me this description of junior's development:

"Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce."
Wow! If I'm having a girl, she's already got all of her eggs! It's amazing!

(By the way, What to Expect says baby is the size of a peach this week, which I find slightly cuter...)

Other notable info for this week:
  1. This is officially the last week of Trimester 1. People commonly call Week 12 the transition into the second trimester, however, that is based on the assumption that a pregnancy lasts 9 months and not 40 weeks.
  2. Increased libido around this time (Watch out!)
  3. Food Intake: Pregnant women really only need an additional 300 calories a day. Considering the fact that that's basically a bowl of cereal, it certainly takes the fun out of stuffing one's face. 
  4. Headaches: Now, one must confirm this little gem with one's own OB/GYN, but I was elated to be told by my doctor that a little caffeine can be used to help with headaches! She, of course, prefaced this by saying that I need to be drinking 2 liters of water a day (yikes!), but a small amount of caffeine can take the headache away (and boy did it!).

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