What is Happening Inside Your Body?
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.
You may find that you are becoming constipated or gassy. Hormones are slowing down your digestive process.
How Big is Your Baby?
What Does a Fetus Look Like at 12 Weeks?
Here you can see video of some great video of a fetus at 12 weeks.
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Ultrasound video of a fetus at 12 weeks sucking on its thumb.
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Video of twins at 12 weeks. Watch here.
How is Your Baby Developing?
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.