12 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 12

Your baby this week – Week 12

12 weeks pregnant! What’s new with the bub?  Reflexes. Can you believe your tiny one is already working on his reflexes? Your baby's fingers will open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will twitch, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, he even responds to touch – if you poke your belly, your baby will squirm – not that you’ll be able to feel it.

His intestines have grown rapidly so much so that they’re protruding right into the umbilical cord. His kidneys are functioning too, and they are sending urine into his bladder.

Other than that, new nerve cells are being made in your baby's brain. His face is a lot more baby than alien - his eyes and ears have moved into position. From head to bum, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs close to 15 grams.

Size of baby at 12 weeks

Your body this week – Week 12

12 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

At 12 weeks pregnant, you’re nearly at the finish line of the first trimester. Your uterus, now about the size of a large mousambi, has started to move from the bottom of your pelvis to its prominent position in the abdomen. And with that, you will find relief from the urge to constantly pee – till the third trimester at least. Also bidding adieu are morning sickness, tender breasts, food aversions and fatigue. But it’s an exchange offer. You’re probably saying hello to dizziness and heartburn.

If you have a low lying placenta (which occurs in a small percentage of pregnant women), your gynaecologist will be able to diagnose it now and treat you appropriately. It could be life-threatening for your baby as the exit pathway is blocked if this isn’t diagnosed. Meanwhile engage in eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and following a diet that is magnesium rich. Magnesium is shown to aid brain development that is so important at this stage of your baby’s development. If you’re smoker and haven’t quit already, know that this is of great risk to your unborn baby. Babies born to smokers are shown to be lower in birth weight with a host of other possible problems. If you’re not a smoker, you’ll still want to steer clear of passive smoking and hence avoid crowded areas which is likely to have a lot of smokers.

Stretch marks during pregnancy are a common issue. You will find that stretch marks are probably already snaking their way through your lower abdomen. This is totally normal. If they’re itchy, you can apply an aloe-based Vitamin _E enriched oil/cream to treat the area. This will also help fade the marks after your baby is born.


Things to know about pregnancy in Week 12

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