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13 weeks pregnant

The 13th week of pregnancy spells the beginning of the second trimester. Your baby will become capable of minor facial movements and pregnancy symptoms may start to ease.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 13

Your baby, and your bump, will grow rapidly over the next trimester.  During week 13 of pregnancy all of their toes will be obvious and their joints will have developed sufficiently to start flexing and kicking.  However, they are still tiny (about the size of a fist) so you will not be able to feel them move just yet.  They can make basic facial movements such as frowning.

Now you are 13 weeks pregnant, you are in your second trimester of pregnancy.  For most women the symptoms of pregnancy experienced in the first trimester should be beginning to disappear.  As you begin to feel better you will have more energy to do simple exercises and you can enjoy your pregnancy to the full.

However, every woman is different. Some women may still experience fatigue and nausea and some women may start to get constipation at this point. Pregnancy hormones soften your muscles and ligaments, which can make your bowels move more slowly. You can help by drinking plenty of water or fruit juice and eating lots of fruit and vegetables.

Now you are 13 weeks pregnant this is a good time to contact us about NCT antenatal classes. These will give you lots of help in preparing for the birth, and are a good way of making friends with other expectant mothers and their partners. NCT classes are extremely popular and do book up quickly so contact your local booking contact or search for courses near you as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Join in with NCT on Facebook and Twitter - it's a great way to make new friends and stay in touch with old ones. Or joint our community for new parents on Google+ where you can connect with other parents online who are experiencing similar things.