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12 Weeks Pregnant

12 Weeks Pregnant What To Expect:

You’re reaching the milestone of completing your first trimester. Any risk of miscarriage has dwindled down.  

In this post, I will discuss the baby development during week 12, body changes, ultrasound, testing, and symptoms to watch out for the week.

Baby Development In Week 12

The biggest development this week is the baby’s reflexes. There are many changes occurring with the baby brain development.

Nervous System Development

The fetal nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly and the neurological connections in the brain are developing.  During week 12 the fetal can close their fingers and curl the toes.

 In week12, the pituitary glands start producing hormones. Also the brain nerve cells are developing pretty fast.

Internal Organ Development:

The hormone progesterone causes digestion to slow down. Many women most frequent complain during week 12 are problems with digestion such as constipation or diarrhea during pregnancy.

The lungs are also continuing their progression.  Also the pancreases are developed by now to be able to produce insulin.

Limb Development:

The baby is now able to move their hands and feet since they fully grown.  The reflexes are stating to take place. The baby might start sucking his thumb during week 12.

External Appearance:

This week your baby will begin to take on more of a recognizable appearance. The baby’s eyes and ears are almost in place.  During this week the face is beginning to look like a baby’s face.

Bone Development:

The skeletal system begins to ossify or turn into hard bone around this week. The bone marrow starts fabricating fighting white blood cells.

Nutrition Supply:

During week 12 the placenta has started filtering oxygen.

12 Weeks Pregnancy Baby Size

The baby now is about 5.4 cm long from the crown to her rump. The baby weighs slightly less than 14gm.

Body Changes During 12th
Week of Pregnancy

Your bladder will feel a bit of relieve due to the uterus moving upward from your pelvis. There is more space now provided by the belly to let the uterus grow.

What Does 12 Week Pregnancy
Look Like?

During week 12 many moms are not big enough to start showing a belly. However, if you’re carrying twins or over weight then you might start showing during this week.

12 Week Pregnant Ultrasound

12 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound:

The first ultrasound is usually done in week 12. The baby’s genital organs are almost fully completed the sonographer might be able to tell the baby’s gender. The ultrasound can detect your baby moving and stretching around.

12 Weeks Pregnant
Signs And Symptoms

During week 12 you start feeling a bit more energy and your morning sickness has decreased. There are other symptoms you might continue to have such as:

When To Call The Doctor

The are signs and symptoms to seek out medical attention:

  • Severe headaches
  • Heaving bleeding
  • Blurred vision
  • Fewer
  • Excessive diarrhea
  • Excessive back pain

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