Week 12 of Your Pregnancy

October 31, 2009 by  
Filed under Week 12 of Pregnancy

What is Happening Inside Your Body?

Month3Web140Changes are becoming more noticeable now. Your uterus has grown large enough to almost fill your pelvis. You doctor should be able to feel your uterus inside your abdomen now.

Your rib cage is expanding. You are breathing in 40-50% more air than normal.

In addition, your breasts are growing. You may notice that the areola are beginning to darken.

If you have been having morning sickness, it may be starting to ease now. For the majority of women, the nausea of pregnancy will fade completely by week 14. Some unlucky women may experience nausea that comes and goes throughout the entire pregnancy and others will be nauseous until the end.

Your hips are widening to make more room for your baby. Your ligaments are softening and stretching. Some women experience tail bone pain, pelvic pain, or leg pain as a result.

You may find that you are becoming constipated or gassy. Hormones are slowing down your digestive process.

How Big is Your Baby?

week12FetusWebYour baby is approximately 2 ¼ inches long. It has more than doubled in size in the last few weeks. It has been 10 weeks since conception.

What Does a Fetus Look Like at 12 Weeks?

Here you can see video of some great video of a fetus at 12 weeks.
Click here see the video 10 weeks since conception.

Ultrasound video of a fetus at 12 weeks sucking on its thumb.
Click here to watch. 10 weeks since conception.

Video of twins at 12 weeks. Watch here.

How is Your Baby Developing?

12WeekFetusWeb200Your baby’s head growth is slowing, allowing the rest of the body to catch up. Your baby is taking on a much more normal baby appearance.

Baby’s posture is becoming more upright as the spine extends. Bones are beginning to harden, especially in the skull and long bones.

The genitals are becoming clearly developed, though if you had an ultrasound they would not yet be able to tell the sex of your baby.

The baby’s intestines are growing fast, so fast that they extend out into the umbilical cord. Soon they will retract back into its abdomen.

The kidneys are functioning and the baby is beginning to excrete urine.

Your baby is beginning to make sucking movements with its mouth.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Try upping your fiber intake to help your slowing intestines keep moving. Also increase your fluid intake. Dehydration can contribute to dry stools.

Be sure you are getting plenty of exercise and eating a healthy diet. Pay attention to what you eat. Certain foods may cause you to be more gassy than usual. Keep track of the foods you eat to help you identify the culprits.

If you have not started doing Kegel exercises yet, now is a good time to start. Kegel exercises can help with childbirth as well as with recovery afterwards.



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