12 Weeks Pregnant


— Good time to reveal the news of your pregnancy

When you are 12 weeks pregnant, if you have any tough time dealing with symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and moodiness, it is recommended to take a break. You are now entered into the second trimester, so it is suggested to be stress-free and relax as much as you can until the end of your pregnancy. It will be good both for you and your developing baby.

Pregnancy week 12 also brings several changes in you and your baby. Now the focus is on the beginning of pregnancy second trimester. A lot of growth most appropriately distinguishes this period for you and your baby.

Now, your near and dear ones can see the physical signs of your pregnancy, so make yourself prepared for lots of questions and congratulations. The second trimester is the easiest stage of pregnancy, with morning sickness disappearing and many more new changes making your pregnancy even more beautiful. Read on to know more about pregnancy week 12…

Symptoms experienced by a 12 weeks pregnant woman:

12 Weeks PregnantPregnancy not only brings physical changes but also it disturbs you mentally. You may have some odd dreams during pregnancy, and don’t be panic about the condition. It is entirely normal. Dreams during pregnancy may be very strange, such as some may dream like they are about to give birth to an animal or that aliens have taken them over.

If you are also dreaming about anything, make a journal of all those things. If they are positive, then it is okay, but if you dream strangely, you need to work to avoid such conditions.

Heartburn might still be a symptom with 12 weeks pregnant women, due to the high progesterone hormone levels in the body.

Physical changes that occur in a 12-week pregnant woman:

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The size of the uterus grows along with the growth of the little one. The uterus is stretched about the size of a softball i.e. about 12-14 cm. Of course, it is a very little change because the uterus size will increase around 15-17 inches by the time of your delivery.

Generally, uterus size stretches around 1 cm every week. This growing uterus will move up and forward inside the body. Though your baby’s movements may not be noticeable yet, you can observe those beautiful movements by pressing your abdomen.

Also, you may experience several skin changes in pregnancy week 12. If you notice freckles on the skin, after the 12th week, they will become darker. Also, the skin around the nipples and areolas will become darker.

The increased blood volume synchronously with increased hormone levels can give you a more radiant look. Hormonal fluctuations will increase the secretion of oil glands in your body, thus resulting in a flushed, smooth, and plumper skin appearance. The greater increase in oil gland secretion can lead to acne and brown skin patches on the face and neck for some women. Usually, all these symptoms are called pregnancy masks, disappearing after childbirth.

Fetal changes that occur in a 12-week pregnant woman:

Your baby is approximately 60mm (2.5 inches) in length and weighs between 9 and 14 grams (0.3-0.5 ounces). This week, the baby’s movements increased slightly, but they are still too small to be noticed.

From this week, you can hear the baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler device, a special heartbeat listening devise. Baby’s skeletal system that began development in the earlier weeks now has centers of bone formation in most bones.

The baby’s facial features will become much more prominent, and the little chin lifts off the face. The baby still tries to lift and straighten the neck and head.

The Baby’s respiratory system starts its functioning and practices breathing with the help of amniotic fluid. This makes the lungs strong, and the baby can survive outside.

The digestive system starts functioning and releases some waste products discharged from your system. Also, the baby passes urine into the amniotic fluid.

Tooth buds are now noticeable. Eyes and ears are now moved to the right position, and the facial features are more pronounced this week.

Baby’s sex organs start their development, and soon you will know the sex of your baby.

The development of nerve cells becomes more rapid, and the brain releases some hormones. Still, the placenta produces the required hormones for a baby’s growth and development.

Vocal cords are almost developed, and your baby may even cry without making the noise. This week is the start of the moment when the baby feels pain.

Your baby may even start sucking the thumb, and you can see it in 12 weeks pregnant ultrasound. The baby may be able to recognize the noise and react to it.

What care should be taken by a 12 weeks pregnant woman?

Feeling a burning sensation from the throat straight to the breast bone may indicate heartburn or acid indigestion. To reduce this unpleasant symptom, you need to follow certain things, such as eating smaller portions avoiding fried, salty, fatty, and spicy foods, particularly when you reach pregnancy week 12.

Pregnancy Week 12Wearing sunscreen is very important to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Ask your healthcare provider regarding any precautions.

Avoid too many vitamins A products, such as yellow and dark green vegetables, yellow fruits, such as broccoli, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apricots, and cantaloupe, and in animal sources such as milk, liver, whole eggs, butter, and cheese. Higher vitamin A levels are very harmful to your baby as they can cause jaundice and damage the liver.

Strictly avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. Smoking during pregnancy can cause asthma. Studies said that women who don’t smoke during pregnancy might decrease their children’s chances of developing asthma by 5-15%.

Talk with other future moms and join in online communities and forums. Socializing during your pregnancy will help to increase your comfort levels and help you understand the many more beautiful aspects of pregnancy.

Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about exciting things during pregnancy week 13…


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