Pregnancy Week 12: What to Expect
By 12 weeks pregnant, your baby is well established in the womb. All parts of the fetus will be developing, even fingernails and eyelashes! Your baby should be about two inches long and weigh half an ounce.
Reflexes will also develop. Your baby will be able to clench and unclench his or her fists, make sucking movements with the mouth and flutter the eyelids.
The fetus is very active in the womb at this stage, even though you can’t yet feel the movements. From pregnancy week 12, a period of intense growth will begin. Your baby’s size will increase dramatically week to week. You’ll begin to notice your pregnancy changes almost daily.
The chances of pregnancy miscarriage drop significantly at the end of week 12. This is the stage when most couples choose to share their exciting news with their wider circles of friends, family, and colleagues.
Common Symptoms at 12 Weeks Pregnant
You’ve almost made it through the first of your pregnancy trimesters. And, thankfully, the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy (like morning sickness and moodiness!) should have disappeared altogether by the end of this week. However, you will have one or two new symptoms to contend with.
In addition to constipation, the active hormones at 12 weeks pregnant can cause pregnancy heartburn or slight acid reflux, making you feel gassy and uncomfortable.
Pregnancy Week 12 To Do List
Tell the world that you’re expecting!!! (FINALLY!). Whether you do it by casually donning a “Bun in the Oven” t-shirt, posting a “12 weeks” photo on Facebook or just telling people face to face, making that announcement is a wonderful moment!
The heartburn pregnancy can cause is uncomfortable. But you can ease it by avoiding acidic foods and ensuring that you drink at least eight glasses of clean, fresh water every day. Make sure you’re still getting out for a 20-minute walk and some fresh air each day, too.
More Pregnancy Tips, Important Info, and Useful Links
Not only do you learn essential knowledge about labor and delivery at these classes, you’ll also meet people going through the same things as you. So you can share pregnancy stories and advice. Many women keep the friends they make at antenatal classes for life.
There are a number of different types of classes, including midwife run classes, Lamaze classes, and hypnobirthing. We give you the facts about each so that you can make a decision which suits you and your partner.
As well as ensuring that your diet is rich in all the right nutrients, there are certain foods you should avoid for a safe and healthy pregnancy. We give you the low-down on which foods are safe (and which are not).
As you become more tired, the temptation to put off exercising or to give in to sugary food cravings can become stronger. But, the key to increased energy and a healthy pregnancy is actually to keep up with your pregnancy exercise and nutrition routine. We give some friendly and practical guidance to help keep you on track.