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Week by week pregnancy guide: Week 12 of your pregnancy

Vocal cords are now formed in your baby and probably you are also feeling relaxed with morning sickness and fatigue giving you a miss. Read more about this week's development.

Written by Debjani Arora |Updated : December 14, 2014 4:49 PM IST

Week 12 of your pregnancy

This week marks a turning point in your pregnancy. You are almost nearing the end of your first trimester and your baby's crucial organ development phase is also over. Many might also be gearing up to break the good news to family and friends.

Changes that happen to your body

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Three months into your pregnancy and wondering why you are not showing enough yet? Well your belly is now bulging out slightly above the pubic area more than what is was the week before. Soon it would be time to show-off the baby-bump.

Some of your pregnancy symptoms like fatigue, morning sickness, nausea will now take a backseat. But there can still be a possibility of suffering from heartburn and bouts of constipation. Blame it on the hormone progesterone which is on an overdrive. Apart from this you might notice some new developments on your face. Because pregnancy doesn't treat two women alike, some might see a glow in their skin, due to increased blood flow and some might see dark patches under the skin with breakouts all over. Acne during pregnancy is another common woe.

One more prominent symptom that you might feel now is lightheadedness. Again it's the hormone progesterone that makes it happen. Progesterone is responsible to send more blood to your baby in the womb, but in turn it slows the process of returning blood to the mother's system. Unhealthy eating habits or going empty stomach for long hours can aggravate this symptom too. This can also serve as an alarm for low blood sugar levels in the system which isn't a good thing for an expectant mum.

Development of your baby

Since most of the crucial organ development phase is over, your baby's systems start to work on their own now, though there is a lot of development still happening inside the fetus.

The facial features are more prominent and the intestine is developing at a rapid pace. So is the brain with more nerve cells being added to it. The brain also starts to control the movements of the arms and legs, hence more clenching, fists opening, limb movements are noticed in the fetus. Also the baby's own hormone production has kick-started which would eventually influence its growth and development. White blood cells are being produced in abundance that would provide protection from infection once your baby is out in the world.

The skeletal system continues to get stronger with every passing day. The nails now develop on the fingers. Another important development of the week is the formation of the vocal cords in the neck area. This week your baby's length from crown-to-rump is approximately around 63.5mm and your baby weights around 14 gm.

What you should be doing

  • Follow a proper diet plan to avoid overeating and having junk to counter hunger pangs. Ensure you include all the essential foods in your diet chart and have three to five portions of fruits every day. Remember following a proper diet is the best way to help your body get all the essential vitamins and minerals that are needed.
  • Heartburn and GERD are too common during pregnancy. One way to counter this problem is to have small meals spaced out throughout the day. this will also ensure that you don't overeat and crave foods out of hunger as you would remain satiated. Also read tips to deal with heartburn during pregnancy.
  • Eat foods that are rich in fibre to combat constipation and drink adequate amounts of water too.
  • Give your body enough rest to combat fatigue.

If you wish to know what happened to your body while you reached week 12 of your pregnancy, then read:

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