12 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 12 Weeks Pregnant



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12 Weeks Pregnant – What Happens When You’re 12 Weeks Pregnant

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12 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

At 12 weeks pregnant, your uterus has now grown out above your pelvis taking some of the pressure of your bladder. You should notice that you don’t need to go to the toilet quite as often. For now, anyway!

It’s a great time to treat yourself to a new pair of pants or a skirt etc – you have probably put away many of your pre-pregnancy clothes now and have very little clothes that fit or feel comfortable. Some women may feel down about their appearance at the end of the third trimester – they know they are pregnant and have a little bump, but to the outside world, they may not realise it’s a baby bump! So women may feel very self conscious, especially if hormones haven’t been kind to your skin too! So if the finances allow, treat yourself and you will feel so much better.


12 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

Your baby’s sex organs are now distinguishable, but still incomplete. Your baby’s eyes are almost in the correct position in relation to it’s head, as are it’s ears.

The lungs are developing and primitive breathing can be seen. Vocal cords begin to form. The amniotic fluid that your baby swallows is now passed out through it’s bladder.

Your baby’s bones, which until now were soft, are starting to harden, including the ribs and spine. It’s arms are in proportion with the size of it’s body. Toes and fingers are formed.

Movement will not be felt yet but your baby is still kicking away, and can now curl it’s toes, rotate it’s ankles and wrists, press it’s lips together and make facial expressions, like frowning and smiling.

At 12 weeks pregnant, your baby measures approximately 4-5.5cms long and weighs around 14 grams.


Kelly Winder is a birth attendant (aka doula), the creator of BellyBelly and mum to three beautiful children. Follow Kelly on Google+ and become a fan of BellyBelly on Facebook. BellyBelly is also on Twitter. Please note that all of my suggestions and advice are of a generalised nature only and are not intended to replace advice from a qualified professional. BellyBelly.com.au – The Thinking Woman’s Website For Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.

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