12 Weeks Pregnant
— Good time to reveal the news of your pregnancy
When you are 12 weeks pregnant, if you have any tough time dealing with symptoms like fatigue, nausea and moodiness, it is recommended to take a break. You are now entered into the second trimester, so until the end of your pregnancy it is suggested to be stress free and relax as much as you can. It will be good both for you and your developing baby.
Pregnancy week 12 also brings several changes in you and your baby. Now the focus is on the beginning of pregnancy second trimester. This period is most appropriately distinguished by lot of growth for both you and your baby.
Now, your near and dear ones can clearly see the physical signs of your pregnancy, so make yourself prepared for lots of questions and congratulations. Second trimester is the easiest stage of pregnancy with morning sickness disappeared and many more new changes make your pregnancy even more beautiful. Read on to know more about pregnancy week 12…
Symptoms experienced by a 12 weeks pregnant woman:
Pregnancy not only brings physical changes, also it disturbs you mentally. You may have some odd dreams during pregnancy and don’t be panic about the condition. It is completely normal. Dreams during pregnancy may be very strange, such as some may dream like they are about to give birth to an animal or that they have been taken over by aliens.
If you are also dreaming about anything, make a journal of all those things. If they are positive, then it is okay, but if you dream in a strange manner, then you need to work to avoid such conditions.
Heartburn might be still a symptom with 12 weeks pregnant women due to the high levels of progesterone hormone in the body.
Physical changes that occur in a 12 weeks pregnant woman:
The size of the uterus grows along with the growth of the little one. Uterus is stretched about the size of a soft ball i.e. about 12-14 cm. Of course it is a very little change because by the time of your delivery, the uterus size will increase around 15-17 inches.
Generally, uterus size stretches around 1 cm every week. This growing uterus will move up and forward inside the body. Though the movements of your baby may not be noticeable yet, you can observe those beautiful movements by pressing your abdomen.
Also, you may experience several skin changes in pregnancy week 12. If you notice freckles on the skin, after the 12th week, they will become darker. Also, the skin around the nipples and areolas will become darker.
The increased blood volume in synchronous with increased hormone levels can give you more radiant look. Hormonal fluctuations will increase the secretion of oil glands in your body thus resulting in a flushed, smooth and plumper skin appearance. For some women, the greater increase in oil gland secretion can lead to the appearance of acne and brown skin patches on the face and neck. Usually, all these symptoms are called as pregnancy mask, which can be disappeared after the child birth.
Fetal changes that occur in a 12 weeks pregnant woman:
Your baby is approximately 60mm (2.5 inches) in length and weighs between 9 and 14 grams (0.3-0.5 ounces). This week, the movements of the baby increase a bit but still they are too small to be noticed.
From this week you can clearly hear the baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler device, a special heartbeat listening devise. Baby’s skeletal system that began development in the earlier weeks now has centers of bone formation in most bones.
The facial features of the baby will become much more prominent and the little chin lifts off from the face. The baby still tries to lift and straighten the neck and head.
Baby’s respiratory system starts its functioning and practices breathing with the help of amniotic fluid. This makes the lungs to become strong and the baby can survive at the outside environment.
Digestive system starts functioning and also releases some waste products and these waste products are discharge from your system. Also, the baby passes urine into the amniotic fluid.
Tooth buds are now noticeable. Eyes and ears now moved to the right position and the facial features are more pronounced this week.
Baby’s sex organs start their development and soon you will know the sex of your baby.
Development of nerve cells become more rapid and the brain starts to release some of the hormones. Still, the placenta produces the required hormones for baby’s growth and development.
Vocal cords are almost developed and your baby may even cry without making the noise. This week is the start of the moment when the baby feels pain.
Your baby may even start sucking the thumb and you can clearly see it in 12 weeks pregnant ultrasound. The baby may be able to recognize the noise and reacts to it.
What care should be taken by a 12 weeks pregnant woman?
Feeling burning sensation from the throat straight to the breast bone may be an indication of heart burn or acid indigestion. There are certain things that you need to follow to reduce this unpleasant symptom, such as eating smaller portions, avoiding fried, salty, fatty and spicy foods, particularly when you reach pregnancy week 12.
Wearing sunscreen is very important to protect your skin from harmful effects of sun. Ask your healthcare provider regarding any precautions.
Avoid too much consumption of vitamin A products, such as yellow and dark green vegetables. Yellow fruits, such as broccoli, carrots, spinach, turnip greens, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, apricots and cantaloupe, and in animal sources such as milk, liver, whole eggs, butter, and cheese. Higher vitamin A levels are very harmful for your baby as it can cause jaundice and damage to the liver.
Strictly avoid smoking and alcohol consumption. Smoking during pregnancy can cause asthma. Studies said that women who don’t smoke during their pregnancy may decrease the chances of developing asthma in their children by 5-15%.
Talk with other future moms and join in online communities and forums. Socializing during your pregnancy will help to increase the comfort levels and help you understand the many more beautiful aspects of pregnancy.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about exciting things during pregnancy week 13…