First Trimester

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 12

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While it may seem as if you’ve doubled in size over the past few weeks, it’s your baby who actually has. By now, he weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum.

Your baby starts developing its reflexes. Fingers will soon begin to open and close, toes will curl, eye muscles will clench, and its mouth will make sucking movements. Your fetal’s digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he’s out of your safe haven. Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. Your baby’s face looks unquestionably human, where its eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be.

Common Symptoms

Lots of women experience occasional dizzy spells or feel faint due to progesterone, which causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your own blood vessels. The decrease in blood flow to your body and brain, along with typically lower blood-sugar levels during pregnancy, can set your world a-spinning.

  • Occasional headaches
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Increased sense of smell
  • Flatulence
  • Excessive saliva
  • Fatigue
  • Decreasing need to urinate frequently

To-Do List

  • Let the cat out of the bag: Announce your pregnancy!
  • Practice Kegel exercises to prevent bladder incontinence.
  • Celebrate by buying some new shoes!

Makchic Fun Tip!

Schedule date nights with your baby daddy! Enjoy your time alone together before baby-makes-three.

Image: Essential Baby