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12 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to at 12 weeks pregnant: 
1.     Changes in your sex drive.
2.     Dizziness or feeling faint.
3.     Heartburn.
4.     Taking it easy.
5.     Telling everyone that you’re pregnant. 

How your life will change this week: 
Different women report very different changes in sex drive at this stage in their pregnancies. Some women feel more in the mood, others find that their changing bodies make them self-conscious and worrying about the baby can be a distraction. The increase in hormones affects every woman differently, so don’t worry about how you’re feeling, it’s perfectly normal. Be honest about it and try to stay emotionally connected to your partner.

Your sense of smell can heighten in early pregnancy (yes, this is still classified as early pregnancy!) and can induce nausea. You may feel dizzy from a decrease in blood pressure, because your body can’t always produce enough blood to fill your expanding circulatory system. Counter this by always getting up slowly and be sure to keep your blood sugar levels up. Week 12 is also known as the time when heartburn kicks in for many Moms-to-be, so it’s a good idea to avoid all fried, spicy food and drink plenty of water.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is now the size of a small plum and all the necessary systems are in place, although there is still a lot of maturing to do. Your baby is much more responsive and active now, but you won’t be able to feel the movements inside your womb just yet. The eyes are moving closer together and the ears  re almost in position on the side of the head, making your baby’s face look much more recognisable.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Start doing pelvic floor exercises.
  • Rest and take it easy as much as you need – your body is working really hard.
  • Now that you’re nearly at the end of the first trimester, it’s safe to tell everyone that you’re pregnant. Congratulations!
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
Try to schedule your doctor’s appointments for first thing in the morning or first thing after lunch, so you don’t have to spend hours in the waiting room.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

Share your thoughts and concerns
Chat with other Moms-to-be in your area or at the same developmental stage as you in BabyGroup Forums.

BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

“As your first trimester draws to a close, this article will help prepare you for the ins and outs of Week 12. Learn what to expect and how to make this week as easy as possible.” Andrea Klinkenberg.


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Lucinda
29 July 2016 08:36

I first went shopping after maternity clothes when I was <a href="http://motherhow.com/12-weeks-pregnant/">12 weeks pregnant</a> with my first child. Now I'm pregnant with a second an think I should buy something cute again!
 
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