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Your 13th Week

As you enter this second trimester, your body will settle down to pregnancy.

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The ankle joints have maturedIn the amniotic sac, there is room to move freely and your baby is very active.The baby's body has no underlying fatAt 13 weeks the average crown to rump length is 1.6 inThe eyes have moved more toward the front of the faceArms and legs are lengthening rapidly

For most women, any discomforts of early pregnancy start to disappear this trimester. The high levels of pregnancy hormones, which are thought to contribute to sickness, are subsiding, and fatigue should begin to diminish. Meanwhile, your baby floats peacefully in the amniotic sac. As he goes on growing, so the sac will expand to give him plenty of room to kick and stretch. His brain is developing at a rapid rate.

Excerpted from Pregnancy Day by Day.
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