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Week 13: Work It, Mama

Your Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy

Your Baby This Week

This week your baby is approaching 3 inches (7 cm) in length and weighs between .015 and .02 kg (0.5 to 0.75 ounces). Your baby has nearly doubled in size in the last two weeks and is now about the size of a sweet, ripe peach!

The growth of your baby's head will slow down now as body growth accelerates, allowing for more proportional development. The eyes will move from the side of the head towards the middle of the face, while the ears will lie flat against the skull. And finally, your baby's secret is revealed! Genitals are developing and an ultrasound may be able to tell you if it's a boy or a girl, but most women don't have an ultrasound until 20 weeks. Your baby's intestines will also begin to move up from the umbilical cord into the abdomen. If it doesn't the condition (called omphalocele), which occurs in 1 in 10,000 babies, is usually correctable via surgery after birth.

Your Body This Week

Your weight gain will definitely begin to show, but your tummy may only be bulging a little bit, resembling a soft, smooth ball. Your breasts continue to grow and may also feel "lumpy" as glands and milk ducts begin to form. Veins frequently become visible just under the skin as the weight of your breasts increases. Before pregnancy your breasts weigh about 7 ounces each. At the end of pregnancy, they can weigh as much as 28 ounces each.

Beating The Brown Bag Blues

Vending machines, breakfast meetings, business lunches, client dinners, office birthday cakes. It's enough to make you lose and control of your eating habits. That's why what you pack in your lunch is more important than ever. Just because it comes in a brown bag doesn't mean it has to be as boring as a staff meeting. Healthy energy powerhouses can be delicious and varied. Here are some easy ways to perk up your lunch.

Working Out At Work

In the midst of hectic day--planned schedules, critical projects and mind-numbing slide presentations--the thought of going to the gym can seem like an impossibility. The first thing to remember is that exercise is exactly what you need to perform at your best and work efficiently (saving time in the long run). The second thing to remember is that fitness can happen anywhere at any time. The office is no exception. By simply taking advantage of your surroundings and those 10-15 minute windows of time, you can get a good workout when you most need it. Check out these quick mini-workout options you can do at your desk.
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