Weekly Update: All You Need to Know When you are 12 weeks pregnant

12 weeks pregnant

The second trimester is just around the corner. There are some interesting developments happening with the baby as well as the mommy. Week 12 marks the end of the first trimester. Want to know all about pregnancy in week 12? Read on!

12 weeks pregnant - Signs and Symptoms

At twelve weeks pregnant, your baby bump is prominently visible!
In most cases, the strong symptoms of pregnancy take a backseat around this time. You can finally kiss goodbye to nausea, morning sickness and heightened sensitivity to smell! Your breasts won’t feel sore anymore either. The fatigue will have reduced significantly too. All of this means things are finally starting to feel a bit more relaxed. However, the old symptoms are replaced by new ones such as dizziness and intense headaches.
Your struggle with gas and acidity is likely to continue. The placenta produces an increased amount of the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which relaxes the valve that separates the oesophagus from the stomach. Therefore, every time you lie down, the gastric acid trickles back up the oesophagus causing a burning sensation in your chest.

You will continue experiencing an increase in vaginal discharge. It’s not unknown for expecting mothers to confuse this with amniotic fluid i.e. the fluid within the placenta to cushion and protect the baby. Now leaking amniotic fluid can seem worrisome, and you should see your obstetrician immediately. But, how do you know the difference between amniotic fluid and regular vaginal discharge? Clear signs of leaking amniotic fluid are – a distinct coloured tinge as opposed to vaginal discharge which is colorless. If you’re leaking amniotic fluid, the flow will be heavy and watery. Although, the chances of amniotic fluid leaking this early are minimum, it’s always good to keep an eye out.

Your cervix is particularly sensitive around this time. And if you’re having sex during this stage of pregnancy, it might cause mild bleeding. Fortunately, that’s nothing to worry about. On the contrary, if there’s sudden bleeding or constant spotting followed by cramps, make sure you call your obstetrician immediately.

12 weeks pregnant - What’s happening to the baby? 

At week 12, your baby has grown to the size of a plum, which means that your baby measures about two and a quarter inches in length and weighs a full 14 grams! By now, the complex process of organ development is over. From this point, your baby is only going to continue to grow and mature.

The baby’s brain development is going on in full swing. Interestingly, your baby is developing reflexes now. For instance, if you gently prod your belly during the ultrasound, you’ll notice movements in response to the touch. Fascinating, isn’t it?  (Please note that sex determination via ultrasound or any other methods is illegal in India.)
The digestive system is going to kick into action. Your baby’s digestive tract is practicing contracting movements that will come in handy when it’s born and will need to push food through the tract. The bone marrow is making white blood cells which will go towards the little one’s immunity! The pituitary gland has already started producing hormones that’ll ensure growth and development of your baby throughout its lifetime.
An ultrasound in this week will also give you a peek into the baby’s tiny heartbeats.

12 weeks pregnant - What should I be doing? 

Continue to eat well – healthy, fresh, well-cooked foods. Include fibrous foods in your diet, such as broccoli, avocados, dried fruits, oatmeal, green veggies, etc. Low blood sugar is also a common problem many women experience during this time, so skipping meals or not eating on time is a strict no-no.
Bring out the maternity clothes! Staying in comfortable, breathable clothing is important. Avoid tight clothing that can block blood circulation.

A lot of your blood flow is now going to the baby, slowing down blood circulation in your system. This is what causes the dizzy spells. Try to cut down on the exercises and intense physical activities. Avoid sudden movements. Whenever you feel dizzy, just lie down or sit with your head lowered and take deep breaths.
Drink plenty of water – it’ll help with the blood circulation as well as keep away the headaches.

12 weeks pregnant - What should my partner be doing?

Partners, the to-be mom’s body is undergoing remarkable changes at a rapid rate. Many of these changes are visible to the outside world, such as, acne, bloating, weight gain. As a result, she may not be feeling as confident or great about her body. Your job is to make her feel amazing and beautiful, always!

Sex can be a tricky territory during this time, as it varies among women. Some experience a sudden increase in sex drive, while some may experience a sharp drop. It is important that you understand your partner’s feelings and communicate your own clearly. Turning the bedroom into a pressure zone isn’t going to help either of you.
Make sure you accompany her at all doctor’s appointments, and ensure that she’s eaten enough and gotten plenty of rest.

Document your wife’s pregnancy – click pictures, note milestones, maintain a journal. When the baby is born and years have passed, you both would love to look back at this amazing bundle of joy you created.
All the best, and stick to healthy habits! By now, the risks to your baby have minimized, so you and your partner can take this time to be thankful and appreciate this experience a little more. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments!
Also, if you want to know all about pregnancy – month wise, know here!


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