Pregnancy Week 12
In pregnancy week 12, your baby is about 2 to 2.5 inches long and it will weight up to half an ounce. The growth of your baby will be pretty fast and you will also show various changes in this week. This is the last week of first trimester. You will find it strange but you already have completely three months of your pregnancy. The sex organ of your baby will be showing by now and your doctor will able to tell whether you will have a boy or a girl. Your baby will start sucking its thumb and the kidneys will even start producing urine. The brain will start making hormones and the nerve cells will also grow rapidly.
In pregnancy week 12, you will not actually get the feeling of the baby moving inside your tummy but if you will press your uterus, you will feel the response of your baby. By the time you reach the end of the first trimester, your uterus will expand to a point where you can see it appear just above the pubic bone. The uterus will continue its growth and finally touch the abdomen. The uterus has to grow more so that it can hold your baby for nine months. But the uterus will come back to its pre-pregnancy size within one week of your delivery. The weight of your uterus before pregnancy is about 2.5 ounces but by the end of the nine months it will weigh about 2 pounds.
You will notice a dark vertical line running on the abdomen. These lines will fades out on their own after your delivery. Your skin will also undergo various changes like you will get many freckles during pregnancy. Your nipples and areolas will also appear dark in color. In some pregnant women brown color patches appear on their face and neck. After you will deliver your child, these marks will vanish or become light in color. To protect your skin during pregnancy, wear sunscreen lotion during pregnancy. You can consult your doctor about the skin marks that you are worried about.
There is no need to use any chemical based cream during pregnancy as it might harm you and your baby. Such creams have extra dose of vitamin A, which can be responsible for damaging the liver and causing jaundice. It is better to take advice of your doctor before using any of the beauty products during pregnancy. In pregnancy week 12, there are high chances that you will experience heartburn. Heartburn means the burning sensation in chest, throat and upper abdomen. This is a common condition during the 12th week of pregnancy. The main reason for getting heartburn is the high levels of progesterone during pregnancy.
To avoid heartburn during the pregnancy week 12 –
- Have small but frequent meals instead of stuffing yourself at two times a day.
- Chew your food properly and don’t just eat for the sake of eating.
- Keep yourself well hydrated, as the dehydration is the number one cause for heartburn.
- Citrus juices, fizzy drinks and spicy food are strict no for you.
- Have your dinner before two hours of going to bed.