Pregnancy Week by Week
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12 Weeks Pregnant
As you round out the first trimester, you've had a lot of things that have happened. Not only have you gotten pregnant, but your baby has done
some remarkable things already to get ready for the big, bad world.
The development of baby
Baby can urinate on its own
Amniotic fluid is breathed in the lungs to help strengthen them
Measures almost five inches in length
The development of mom
Darkened areolas are growing in size
Perhaps darker pigmentation of the skin in patches on the abdomen
The uterus has grown to the size of a softball
What baby is feeling
Baby knows that it will not be inside the womb forever, so it's starting
to practice to get ready to breathe air
What mom is feeling
While the hormonal changes continue, you might start to feel a little
more sexually appealing because of these changes. This is a welcome
effect after the early weeks.
Specific needs for the week
Have you considered an amniocentesis? This is something that you
may want to discuss with your doctor if you are at high risk for birth
Specific concerns for the week
Sometimes, you will be able to determine the sex of the baby, so
check with your doctor if you want to find out.
Special tip for mom
You will want to start avoiding any exercises that are done on your
back because this lessens the flow of blood to the uterus - but don't
worry, there are plenty of alternatives.