Your Pregnancy: Week 12

Pregnancy week by week: You are 12 weeks pregnant


Your Body

Kudos to you, you’ve almost made it through the first trimester of pregnancy! On other positive notes, some of the sickness and lethargy you’ve been feeling in the last three months may be waning and your risk of miscarriage is dropping. Now that the uterus has shifted from the pelvic floor to the front of the abdomen, thereby reducing pressure on the bladder, you shouldn’t have to pee as often. And you might have something to show for all your hard work: a slightly rounded pregnant belly! Thanks to your repositioned uterus, you belly has more space to bulge.

Blurry vision in pregnancy is normal and is set off by the extra fluid your body is retaining. The liquid adds pressure to your eyeballs and can thicken the lens and cornea. This condition should correct itself a couple of months after you deliver your baby.

Baby’s World

She is around the size of a plum, measuring 61 mm (2.4 in.) from her crown to her buttocks. She weighs around 8 to 14 g (0.017 – 0.03 lb.) and could be held in your palm. She’s opening her mouth, making fists and curling her toes. Her vocals cords are forming, and she is capable of crying but it is silent. If you lay a hand on your belly, chances are baby will squirm, a sign her reflexes are in working order. Most of her organs and systems are completely formed. The pancreas is producing insulin while the pituitary gland and thyroid are secreting hormones. Her digestive system is contracting, prepping for when she will eventually eat in the outside world. Her intestines are slowly moving to the stomach cavity after being looped around the umbilical cord.

Fun Fact

The amniotic sac holds 50 milliliters of fluid by week 12.

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