30 Sep 2022 | 6 min Read
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Woohoo! You are officially going to enter the second trimester by the end of this week. This also means, you will finally be stepping into the safe zone of pregnancy, as the risk of miscarriage reduces considerably after week 12.
Your baby is now about 7 to 8 cm long and weighs about 10 to 12 grams. S/he is now able to move their fingers and toes and has developed reflexes! The little one is also sensitive to touch and their brain is fully formed. Which means, your baby can feel the sensation of pain. If you try to prod your abdomen, your baby will react by squirming away from the point of pressure.
You might not feel your baby move or kick during this time, as strong foetal movements only begin from 18 weeks onward. So if you do feel anything before that, it’s probably just gas!
Let’s understand more about what happens when you’re 12 weeks pregnant and what symptoms you should be aware of this week. Keep on reading to find out interesting details.
Your child’s hands and toes can curl during 12 weeks of pregnancy. Your baby will start developing nails on the fingers and toes as well. The oesophagus and stomach which began to develop around the seventh week of pregnancy will be almost functional by now. Your baby’s intestines also protrude into the umbilical cord due to rapid growth. Their intestines will eventually go within their belly when the abdominal wall closes.
At 12 weeks of pregnancy, your baby will be the size of a lemon that measures around 2.13 inches in length from top to bottom and approx 2.05 ounces.
By this time, your uterus will be roughly the size of a big grapefruit and you will be nearing the end of the first trimester. Your 12 weeks pregnant bump might be more noticeable and possibly visible to others. But since everyone’s body changes differently, the baby bump might appear earlier for others and possibly a little late for you, and vice versa.
At 12 weeks, your doctor will perform a trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome) and trisomy 18 screening (Edwards syndrome). These tests are also termed as Nuchal translucency screening. A blood test and an ultrasound to evaluate the fluid in the baby’s neck and back will also be conducted during pregnancy month 3.
When a woman is pregnant, she may experience depression or anxiety. This is entirely normal, however it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor if the symptoms persist for longer than two weeks.
When you’re pregnant, especially if you’ve already experienced mental health illness, it’s possible to have prenatal depression or anxiety. You should get assistance as soon as you can if this occurs. And follow all the symptoms and tips mentioned above and enjoy your pregnancy stress-free. Happy motherhood!
Nausea, mood swings, a metallic taste in your mouth, and sore breasts.
The 12 weeks foetus is fully formed during this stage. The sex organs are fully grown, and there are no missing or misaligned organs, muscles, limbs, or bones. The infant must now develop and expand going forward. Although the baby will be moving quite a bit, it’s too early for you to feel their motions just yet.
Your baby will be practising breathing movements and their digestive system will start to function too.
Your baby bump might be more noticeable and possibly visible to others at 12 week pregnant. But it’s also possible that, despite the fact that your clothes might be getting a bit tight, you might not have a pregnant tummy that can be seen.
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