12 Weeks Pregnant

At 12 weeks pregnant, an expectant mother will be slowly showing her baby bump. This is also the time when unpleasant pregnancy symptoms start to become less severe and eventually disappear; and with the absence of morning sickness, pregnancy has become easier. However, new symptoms tend to arise from this week onwards.

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Being 12 weeks pregnant is a great time to share the news about the upcoming bundle of joy with friends and colleagues as the mother becomes more comfortable and confident with her pregnancy. With the good news made known to others, week 12 is going to be filled with congratulatory remarks.

What to expect at 12 weeks pregnant

The following are the things that are likely to occur during the 12th week of pregnancy.

  • Weight gain

Since morning sickness has become less severe at week 12, the woman’s weight gain can be expected to be within 2 to 5 pounds, or up to 10 pounds for multiples or twins.

  • Pregnancy symptoms

At 12 weeks pregnant, many of the unpleasant first trimester pregnancy symptoms are slowly disappearing or have become less severe. However, this week also marks the emergence of new symptoms.

  • Risks

The chances of miscarriage at the 12th week of pregnancy are low, making it an exciting week to share the good news to others. It would also help the future mom to understand the beautiful part of being pregnant by socializing with other pregnant women. However, it is still very important for the expectant mother to be cautious with her diet and lifestyle so as to prevent causing any harm to the developing baby. Smoking during pregnancy can cause asthma in children, so women who smoke should stop smoking immediately.

Fetal Development at the 12th week of pregnancy

At 12 weeks pregnant, the baby weighs around 14 grams and is about 2.5 inches long. He or she now practices breathing with the aid of the amniotic fluid to strengthen his or her lungs. Although majority of the baby’s systems are already in place, there is still a long way to go to reach maturity. The baby’s bone marrow starts to produce white blood cells; while his or her digestive system slowly makes contracting movements which is essential for eating. The brain is also starting to produce hormones at week 12 with the nerve cells multiplying rapidly. The baby at 12 weeks can start to feel some pain with the development of brain synapses.

12 weeks pregnant symptoms

While the early pregnancy symptoms may still be present at 12 weeks pregnant, they tend to be less severe. However, new symptoms can arise at this stage, and some of these are:

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  • Skin changes

Hormonal changes increase the production of melanin in the body which results in skin changes which are characterized by darker moles, nipples and areola.

  • Chloasma

This symptom is characterized as brownish patches appearing on the forehead, temples, chin and cheeks which get even darker when exposed to sunlight.

  • Heartburn

A burning sensation on the chest, heartburn occurs due to hormonal changes and tends to aggravate on the later part of pregnancy.

At 12 weeks pregnant, future moms will find relief from the unpleasant early pregnancy symptoms and most share the good news to others.

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Find out how baby looks at 12 weeks when mother is 12 weeks pregnant, fetal development and belly pictures

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