Organs, nerves, and muscles start working together
Week 13: Your baby will start to focus on growth
By your 13th week of pregnancy, your baby's organs, nerves, and muscles have formed and are beginning to work together to help your baby grow.
Your Week 13 nutrition and health
What to eat and avoid in week 13 and beyond
Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables: They’re packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron. Plus, they’re low in fat and are often a good source of fiber.
Protein-packed foods: Foods such as lean meats, dried beans, and peanut butter are full of protein, which is essential to your baby’s growth.
Fact: Different-colored fruits and vegetables have different levels of nutrients and vitamins. As a general rule, try to vary the types and colors of fruits and vegetables you eat every day.
Soft cheeses: Avoid feta, Brie, and blue-veined cheeses unless the label indicates that they’re made with pasteurized milk.
Shark, tilefish, king mackerel, and swordfish: These fish could contain high levels of mercury. Instead, eat fish that are low in mercury, such as salmon and catfish.
What to expect at your next doctor visit
You might have another prenatal doctor visit during the 13th week of pregnancy or very soon after. From this point until you are about 28 weeks pregnant, most of your doctor appointments will follow a routine. Your doctor will monitor:
Remember to bring your list of questions or concerns to each visit. If you have immediate concerns, discuss them with your doctor right away.
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