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13 weeks and 7 days pregnant

13 weeks and 7 days pregnant

This 2D ultrasound shows the profile of the baby particularly well. The nasal bone can just be seen at the bridge of the nose, as can bright echoes from the lower and upper jaws; the umbilical cord is rising from the centre of the abdomen.

It can be difficult to avoid information overload – everyone, it seems, will have advice to share with you.

One side-effect of pregnancy all women have to deal with is conflicting information and advice. One article says to do something, while a friend says the exact opposite. It can be confusing and irritating. While you can choose to stop reading a newspaper or turn over to a different television channel, it’s more difficult to avoid the unwanted advice of other women. Even more difficult is the advice from close relatives, such as your mother and mother-in-law. You’ll need the support of your family and friends, so won’t want to alienate them, but don’t feel pressured to act in a certain way. Also don’t reject everything straightaway – some of the advice may in fact be useful and accurate.

If someone is persistently advising you explain that you’re overwhelmed by information and would rather not talk about the pregnancy at this time. Or listen to the person’s advice, smile politely, and then do as you wish. You could subtly hint that you will ask for advice as and when you need it.

Why are varicose veins common in pregnancy and what can I do to avoid getting them?

Your blood volume increases up to 30 per cent during pregnancy, due to the added needs of your baby and your expanding body. In addition, the hormone relaxin (which is produced to soften ligaments and joints) also softens the walls of your blood vessels. The blood vessels relax and the increased blood and extra weight of the baby make you susceptible to varicose veins.

To reduce the likelihood of getting varicose veins:

Give yourself a hair makeover.

The second trimester is a great time to pamper yourself with a new haircut and colour. Your new hairstyle will complement your glowing skin.

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| Dec 01, 2017

no i got acne pimples white heads and marks and no glow... i have naturally good hair so don't think pregnancy harmones have added anything to it

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| Jun 16, 2017

thnx a lot

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