12 Weeks Pregnant - What You Need To Know and Expect in Pregnancy Week Twelve



The time you’re 12 weeks pregnant, is a time you can get relief that you’ve crossed the miscarriage point. You’re at the last week of your first trimester and will be entering into the second trimester at the end of this week. Getting the big picture of what to expect at this time can help you avoid unwanted worries.

In pregnancy week 12, an exciting development happens in your maturing baby. It starts to make the sucking movement with its mouth. It opens and closes its mouth. Your baby’s arms and legs are fully formed and lengthened, measuring around 2.5 inches (6cm) crown to rump now.

The genital organs will be in developing stage. Most of your baby’s systems are in place. Its fetal digestive system starts to make contraction movements essential for eating. Its bone marrow starts making white blood cells. The pituitary gland has already started to produce hormones by the time you’re 12 weeks pregnant.

Your baby’s ears are nearly in the normal position by the time you’re twelve weeks pregnant. Its face is changing now. Its eyes that were wide apart on the sides of the head a few weeks ago move closer together.

Its intestines that started-out as a large swelling in the umbilical cord now begin to move into the abdominal cavity now. The kidneys start oozing urine in the bladder and the liver starts producing bile.

At the end of this week, your uterus becomes too large to be completely contained in you pelvis. So, your uterus pops out of the pelvis in pregnancy week 12, and you may feel it above the public bone when it does. If you have twins, you start showing bump at this time.

Many pregnant moms experience dizziness during this period, usually due to progesterone that causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your blood vessels. As blood flow to your body and brains decreases, you may get occasional giddiness.

You may notice darkening of the skin around nipples and areolas at the time you’re 12 weeks pregnant. You may develop acne or spots in the skin. Increased progesterone hormone levels may cause dry skin problem also.

Heartburn is a common symptom that can be expected during pregnancy week twelve of pregnancy. As your baby grows, your uterus increases its size and consequently exerting more pressure on your gastrointestinal organs. You may gain weight around 5 pounds at the time you’re twelve weeks pregnant.

Tips of Advice

Eating a healthy well-balanced diet can help you avoid nutritional deficiencies that may crop up at the time you’re 12 weeks pregnant. Taking plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can help you enhance your body immunity and stay away from infections like cold and coughs.

Take plenty of water and fluids to keep your body temperature normal and to prevent dry skin problem. You can drink a glass of milk everyday during this period to get a dose of calcium and to get relief from heartburn.

Eating smaller meals frequently can as well help you get relief from bloating, heart burn and gas problems. Avoid fatty, spicy and sugary foods to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Possible Test in Pregnancy Week 12

Your doctor may recommend you to take a prenatal test like chronic villus sampling to detect any genetic fetal defects when you’re 12 weeks pregnant. During your prenatal visit this week, you’ll possibly be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler.

Blood test is also recommended to detect the hemoglobin level in the blood. Most of the pregnant moms have their first ultrasound scan during this time. Ultrasound scan helps to monitor your baby’s growth, and also dating scans which may be required to estimate the delivery due date.


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