12 Weeks Pregnant

12 Weeks Pregnant : What to Expect

Week 12 is a significant week in a woman’s pregnancy term. It signifies the end of the first trimester and the end of the most critical points of your baby’s growth and development. After 3 months pregnant, many women feel more secure in spreading the good news of the pregnancy, and chances of miscarriage decrease at this point, as long as mom continues to stay healthy, eat right and exercise accordingly. Pregnancy exercises can really help pregnant women in many ways.

Symptoms and Body Changes at 12 Weeks

Your uterus is now appearing above the pubic bone, and through weeks 12-16, you will definitely start “showing”, allowing people to distinguish the fact that your pregnant, rather than overweight. Some moms 12 weeks pregnant will get that “glow”, while others experience more negative changes within their skin and pigmentation. The skin around the nipples and areolas darkens, along with freckles and spots around the body. Unfortunately some women begin to get dark brown patches of skin, usually on their face during this week. Large doses of Vitamin A are usually the cure for this, however while pregnant, this is a serious No-No since it can damage the liver among other things. Heartburn is more frequent and is felt in the chest, throat and upper abdomen. This is due to the increase of the progesterone hormone that is continuously playing with your emotions and physical aspects. To help reduce heartburn, you should try to eat small portions more frequently, and avoid foods that cause it, and sticking to high fiber foods instead.

Baby’s Development

This is a very exciting week for your baby. The vocal cords form during this 12th week, and the nails on all 20 fingers and toes form and become visible. The intestines are still growing, however they now have room to move into the abdomen area. More features in the face come into focus, such as the eyebrows and lips, and the umbilical cord helps to circulate blood as the placenta functions effectively. The brain continues to develop as it makes hormones of its own and the nerve cells multiply rapidly. Muscles start responding to the brain, which wants to, but can’t control everything just yet. As the brain and muscles develop together, natural movements such as bending of the arms, clenching and opening the fists, and twisting of the wrists and elbows becomes easier and more frequent.


Pregnancy Week 12 Tips

During the 12th week, it’s important that mom continues to take care of herself and her baby. You will probably notice those irritating pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, morning sickness and nausea reduce significantly. This is a good sign that all is well. If these symptoms don’t go away or at least reduce, you should let your healthcare provider know, as this could be a sign of a molar pregnancy, especially if bleeding or spotting is detected. A molar pregnancy is also referred to as water filled cysts and occurs due to abnormal development of the placenta, and is a major cause for a miscarriage at this stage of the pregnancy. There can be other pregnancy complications as well which is why doctor visits become crucial. The next week is the start of the 2nd trimester and pregnancy at 13 weeks.

[Page updated February 2013]