Your Guide to Being 12 Weeks Pregnant:
How your baby is growing
Your baby is essentially fully formed now. Everything has appeared – right down to the tiny vocal cords! All that remains to be done now is to grow and develop. Your baby’s face is changing, as facial features shift closer to their correct position. The placenta, your child’s life-support system, is fully functional. It provides nutrients and removes waste.
What’s happening to you
Many ailments of the first trimester, such as tiredness and sickness, disappear as hormone levels in your body change. Your body stops making so many of them, and the recently matured placenta takes over. This hormone change can trigger headaches, though. Your baby is growing at a tremendous rate and you may start to ‘show’ now as your womb becomes too large to fit within your pelvic cavity. As your tummy expands you may start to feel some twinges as ligaments and muscles stretch.
Backache. Caused by expanding womb and raised levels of progesterone, which softens supporting ligaments. Avoid putting pressure on your spine by sitting and moving correctly, with your back straight and shoulders back. Do gentle exercise but avoid heavy lifting.
When to check it out:
If the ache worsens to become a pain. It may be caused by a bladder or kidney infection, so see your GP to rule out any urinary tract infection.
‘To do’ this week
Find out about antenatal groups near you. They offer great support, enabling you to get advice from pregnancy experts, while being able to chat to other parents-to-be. Ask your midwife or GP about local groups.