Entering your 12th Week of Pregnancy means that you’ve officially ended your first trimester. At the moment, you may breathe a sigh of relief because you’ve passed the hard couple of months!
If you haven’t announced your pregnancy, then it’s, definitely, a good time to announce the “big news” to your family, friends, and co-workers!
What to expect at 12 weeks pregnant? What’s happening inside your body?
At 12 weeks pregnant, you’re finally having an official bump! Congratulations!
Start taking photos of your belly to keep all of the precious moments, if you haven’t already done this!
Along with the 12th week of pregnancy comes the following symptoms:
Your nipples are likely to become darker at this stage of your pregnancy. Breast tenderness could continue into the second trimester, besides, your breasts grow larger so it’s recommended if you consider wearing a good-fitting bra.
Headaches may be caused by hormonal change or drops in blood sugar.
Spotting or bleeding at 12 weeks pregnant could be worrying! Bleeding could be caused by light sex. Though if your bleeding is accompanied by cramps then call the doctor right away!
Guess who is the reason? Correct, it is the progesterone again!
It increases the flow of your blood making you feel dizzy or faint. In this case, lie down and as soon as you feel better, get something to eat.
How big is your baby at 12 weeks pregnant?
Your baby now is nearly as big as an apricot. He/she now is about three inches long and weighs about one ounce.
What’s happening with your baby? (Your Baby’s Development)
At 12 weeks pregnant, your baby has all his or her vital organs; their external sex organs should be appearing very soon due to the increased hormone activity. Your baby’s facial features are beginning to look more like a human. In short words, your tiny baby is now completely formed!
12 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
At 12 weeks pregnant, your baby is almost done developing his/her vital organs and body parts. It is the stage where your baby starts to open and close their fingers. In addition, your baby is growing bigger and his/her brain is developing really fast!
At 12 weeks pregnant, you may have one or more prenatal checkup before your second trimester. The 12th week of pregnancy is usually about checking your baby’s development and healthy growth but it is too soon to determine if you are having a baby boy or a baby girl!
The Checklist of the 12th week of pregnancy:
- Include more pregnancy food in your dietary for your baby’s development
- Schedule your 16-week prenatal visit
- Keep on taking the prenatal vitamins
- Well-balanced meals are always recommended
- Drink plenty of water
- Include simple exercise in your daily routine
- Avoid all fast food
- Avoid Soda
Additionally, I’ve added a new section below for extra caution:
When to call the doctor?
- If you have bleeding with cramps
- If you have spotting that lasts more than 3 days
- If you have severe pain that lasts all day long.