Are you a 12 week pregnant? This is an exciting week with more developmental changes in the baby.
At this stage, the baby in the womb continues to grow and develop greatly and attains more human appearance.
Now, the baby is about 2.5 inches long and weighs half-ounce.
At 12 week pregnant, the body structures of the baby continue to form.
The baby’s fingers and toes will separate and sucking of the thumb starts. During this period, hair and nails will start to grow.
Lanugo (fine hair) starts to appear on the eyebrows and upper lip. The eyelids cover the eyes to protect the optic nerves fibers from damage, so the baby’s eyes will be remained close until seventh month.
When you are 12 weeks pregnant, the baby’s lungs attain oval shape. The brain of your baby is formed fully and it starts producing hormones. The nerves cells will begin to multiply rapidly.
Amniotic fluid in the uterus will be accumulated as the kidneys begin to produce and excrete urine, during 12 week pregnant. The baby’s intestinal wall muscles start to practice peristalsis and contractions.
The baby’s genital system starts demonstrating the signs of gender characteristics (male or female). By the end of this week, the heart of the fetus is fully formed and you can hear your fetal heartbeat through the Doppler.
During this period, the baby starts moving head, hands and legs, but you cannot feel the movement of your baby.
By the end of your 12 week pregnant, the size of the uterus becomes too large to remain in the pelvis completely and you may experience the uterus to be above the pubic bone.
The growth will be upward at this time and you may feel somewhat less pressure on your bladder, which decreases your need to go bathroom (frequent urination).
When you are at 12 week pregnant, you will be relieved from most of your early pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness, the early sign of pregnancy, will disappear and you feel energetic and regain your appetite very soon [Morning sickness cure]. The risk of having miscarriage also reduces in this period.
You will observe some skin changes on your abdomen during 12 week pregnancy. You may see a dark line, called linea nigra, running from the navel to the pubic bone during this period of pregnancy. Even the skin around the nipples and areolas become dark.
For some, the skin changes appear as a mask of pregnancy, where brown patches develop on the face and neck. This usually disappears soon after your delivery. In order to avoid these changes, wear sunscreen regularly throughout pregnancy.
Heartburn is very common during pregnancy at 12 week. With this condition, you feel burning sensation in the throat, chest, and abdomen.
You can prevent the heartburning sensation by eating six meals per day with small portions. Eat slowly, chew properly, and avoid eating before going to bed.
Practicing prenatal exercises when you are at 12 week pregnant can help maintain strong and healthy body for you and your baby. [Pilates pregnancy exercises]
Always follow the instructions and guidelines given by your doctor in order to avoid complications during pregnancy.