The fourth month of pregnancy begins at the 13th week of pregnancy – and finally, the risk of a miscarriage is so low that you can officially make your pregnancy.
Finally done: You are now in the 13th week of pregnancy (13th week of pregnancy) and have survived the critical phase and thus already the first trimester. Now begin the fourth month of pregnancy and the second trimester of your pregnancy. This is definitely a reason to be happy. From now on, the coming weeks of pregnancy will probably be a bit more relaxed because:
- The pregnancy has stabilized
- The hormones have settled in this SSW
- Most women now have barely to contend with the hated pregnancy sickness.
- The risk of miscarriage drops massively. Hurray!
If you have not told anyone about your pregnancy because you are worried that something else might go wrong: from the thirteenth week of pregnancy, the whole world knows it! Friends, relatives and, of course, your employer – everyone will now know that you will have a baby soon.
This is how the baby develops in the 13th week of pregnancy
In the 13th week of pregnancy, the fetus in your stomach is about 7 inches tall (crown-rump-length). Incidentally, such size information is always average. Especially from the fourth month of pregnancy a baby from SSW to SSW often grows very differently. But your gynecologist will keep an eye on the size of the fetus during the ultrasound scan and inform you if the growth does not match the normal course. The ultrasound-measured quantities are also recorded in the diagram for the growth process in your Mutterpass .
During this week of pregnancy , the organ of balance in the ear starts its work. Stimuli triggered by movement are then passed on to the brain – that is, the fetus begins to develop fun from the second trimester – both in your movements, such as yoga, running or climbing stairs, which your unborn child in the abdomen of course also senses, as well as his own. Your baby enjoys that it can move itself. The amniotic sac is increasingly turning into a gymnastics room for the fetus, as shown by this magnificent ultrasound video:
The skeletal ossification also starts in the 13th week of pregnancy. This means that the skeletal cartilages are now beginning to ossify. A process that still lasts for a long time and is only complete in teenage years.
This happens in the 13th week of pregnancy in your body
Your stomach grows: So slowly you can not overlook it. Luckily, you can show him proudly now, and you do not have to hide him in his job, for example, under wide blouses. Maternity wear may not be essential in the 13th SSW. But it is important above all that you feel comfortable in your clothes . And if the normal jeans pinches, rather switch to comfortable pregnancy pants. By the way: You do not even have to completely equip yourself with maternity clothes: You can also wear cuddly dresses, long shirts and longer T-shirts for a while with a growing baby’s belly.
Weight gain: With the disappearance of the first nasty pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness returns with the second trimester and your appetite! That’s good, because your body needs more calories than usual. That does not mean that you have to eat “for two” now, but a little bit more is allowed on the plate. You will need around 300 calories every day. First of all, of course, healthy things like fresh vegetables and whole grains that will give you the energy to feel tired and tired. A weight gain of one to three kilograms until the 13th pregnancy week is totally in the frame. By the date of birth you will probably increase about 16 kilograms.
Shortness of breath: You may also be suffering from shortness of breath during this SSW. Especially if you are in a hurry, climb stairs or carry something heavy. Just slow down a bit, take breaks and take a deep breath. So, through the placenta, a lot of oxygen gets to your baby.
Premature milk flow: Do not be surprised, even the so-called Vormilch , can already occur in the 13th SSW. It varies greatly from woman to woman, when and how much milk escapes during pregnancy from the chest. For some women, there is something already in the first weeks of pregnancy, and nothing at all until birth. By the way, whether or not you have pre-milking does not say anything about milk production after birth . So you do not have to worry about the foremilk.
13th SSW: Now is the second check-up (13th to 16th SSW) on
In the next weeks of pregnancy, the second check-up will take place. Check your gynecologist or midwife, your baby’s posture, his heartbeat, and everything else is okay. It also measures the growth of your uterus, your weight, blood pressure and your iron value. It may even come to vaginal examinations or ultrasound to check the cervix and the child’s condition.
Some additional examinations can also be carried out from the 13th to the 14th. Week of pregnancy. Your gynecologist can give you detailed advice on prenatal diagnosis .
SSW 13: That’s important now
Announce pregnancy: finally out with it!
The 12th week of pregnancy is done – finally you can make it official that you will soon be mom. Perhaps friends and colleagues in your environment have already critically slipped on the growing belly and wondered that you drink at meetings only juice spritzers. Therefore, it is certainly a relief to finally get everyone on board.
How your partner and you do that is of course up to you – many couples think of something special with their own parents . For example, you can design a beautiful card or place an ultrasound image in a location where it happens to be discovered at an unexpected moment. So the surprise and joy becomes even bigger – after all, grandparents become a very special moment in life.
Inform the employer: For your own protection
Once the pregnancy is stable, you should tell your employer that you will have a baby soon.
That’s why this is important:
- Your supervisors can also think about a substitution solution for your parental leave.
- for your own benefit: Pregnant women are under special protection in Germany. According to the Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG), you may no longer be dismissed or perform any serious or dangerous work.
Of course, in order to comply with these regulations, the employer must know about the pregnancy.
Is one obliged to tell the employer?
No, there is a duty to notify only if your work involves special risks or if your tasks are so complex that it is very difficult to find a substitute. Otherwise you are not obliged to say so. However, it is highly recommended not to speak first, if the stomach is already big as a medicine ball.
How do you best say it to the employer?
There are no requirements here. It is nicer, of course, in a personal conversation to say that you are pregnant. It is always advisable to also give the info in writing, if it comes later to disagreements. When reporting on your pregnancy, you should already mention the expected date of birth. You can calculate this with the pregnancy week . You should also tell how long you plan to go on parental leave.
Safety at work during pregnancy
Your employer is committed to providing protection and safety. If your work generally involves special risks, for example because of an increased risk of infection (medical practices, animal care, laboratory work , parenting) or because of heavy physical work (eg nursing, gardening, retail), then your doctor will give you an employment ban.
An individual prohibition of employment is also possible if, for example, it is a risk pregnancy or your job causes other reasons for too much stress and stress. It may also be necessary to make improvements to your workplace – for example, to protect you from noise or to allow for rest breaks. Again, the employer is obliged.
Please avoid: cleaning products and Co.
If you are pregnant, you should avoid using aggressive cleansing agents, especially sprays. Because the toxic chemistry can reach your child via the respiratory tract. Also, the painting on a move you should rather leave it to others.