Congratulations mom-to-be, you have made it to week 12 of your pregnancy! This is an exciting milestone as your baby has now completed their first trimester and is officially a fetus. During this week, your little one will undergo some significant developmental changes.
At 12 weeks, your baby is about the size of a plum, measuring around two inches from crown to rump. They will continue to grow at a rapid pace, doubling in size over the next few weeks.
Your baby’s brain is growing at a remarkable rate, producing neurons at a rate of 250,000 per minute. By the end of this week, the cerebellum, which is responsible for balance and coordination, will begin to function.
Your baby’s facial features are becoming more defined. They now have eyebrows and eyelashes, and their tiny little nose and ears are in their proper place.
Your baby’s organs are all formed by this point, and they are now beginning to function. The liver is producing bile, and the kidneys are actively producing urine.
Muscles and Bones
Your baby’s muscles and bones are becoming stronger, allowing them to move around more freely. However, you may not feel these movements until a few weeks later.
At this point, your baby’s gender is determined, but it may be too early to tell during an ultrasound. The genitals are still developing and may not be visible yet.
What You Can Expect
During this week, you may notice that your pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness and fatigue, begin to subside. You may also start to experience some weight gain as your baby grows. It is essential to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to support your baby’s development.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Can I Find Out My Baby’s Gender?
Gender can be determined through an ultrasound around 18-20 weeks.
When Will My Baby Start Moving?
You may start to feel your baby’s movements around 16-22 weeks, although first-time moms may not feel them until later.
Is it Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe to exercise during pregnancy as long as you have the approval of your healthcare provider. Low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and yoga are great ways to stay active.
What Foods Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?
It is recommended to avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish with high levels of mercury, unpasteurized dairy products, and alcohol during pregnancy.
When Should I Start Prenatal Care?
It is recommended to start prenatal care as soon as you find out you are pregnant, around 8 weeks. Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider are essential for a healthy pregnancy.
Overall, week 12 is an exciting time for you and your little one. Keep taking care of yourself and your growing baby, and don’t forget to enjoy this special time.
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