12 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
Now your first trimester has finished, and finally, you will be able to enjoy your pregnancy without inconveniences such as nausea, fatigue, and heartburn. At this time the uterus moves up and forward – it starts to emerge from the small pelvis, and it no longer presses the bladder. This means that going to the toilet will be reduced, at least for a while.
You might experience severe headaches during this period because your blood flow is increased. This is not an uncommon symptom, but you should discuss it with your gynecologist. The chances of a spontaneous miscarriage are now lower, given that the first trimester has finished.
By twelfth week, the baby is fully developed. It has all organs, muscles, limbs, and bones. From now on it will only grow and mature. The head slowly becomes round. You can see the spine, arms, and legs. Fingers both on the feet and the hands are completely separated until this moment, and the baby has a nice profile at last. Fingernails begin to grow.
The most incredible change this week are reflexes. Your baby will be able to open and close its fingers, its eye muscles will clench, and it will be making sucking movements with its mouth. Kidneys are about to excrete urine to its bladder, and the intestines are moving down the abdomen.The length of the baby, from the crown to the tip of the spine, is about 2.5 inches and the weight is 0.033 pounds.
There are many things about pregnancy that will not be pleasant. It would be best for you to know what you can expect and to find out how to handle it. Mild leg cramps are usual problems during the pregnancy; when you feel them, immediately bend your feet up and down to you. Stretching your muscles will reduce your pain. You will not be prone to cramps if you practice regularly and if you take enough potassium – one banana or tomato is enough per day.
Back pains are also common because when the stomach begins to grow forward, you start to blunt back to compensate baby’s pulling. That burdens the lower part of the spine. Always wear comfortable shoes; do not bend when you lift something up, and always sit in the backrests. If your chair does not fit, place a pillow behind your back.
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