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Pregnancy, your body and your baby – week 12 of your pregnancy

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This is now the last week of your first trimester, which is week 1 to 12. Your clothes are probably starting to feel a little tighter than they used to, but the good news is that some of the first-trimester pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness and fatigue should be easing up soon. During the first trimester, your baby will have grown from an egg to a fully formed baby (with lots of growing to do) and you’ll have had your first check-up and ultrasound.

Your body at week 12

At week 12 you’ll probably notice that your morning sickness may start to subside. This is because the hCG hormone is starting to level off. However, not all moms are this lucky, as some experience nausea in their second trimester as well, or even throughout their whole pregnancy.

Stomach pain, cramping and constipation are also pregnancy symptoms you may be experiencing.  Not all women experience constipation, however, it is fairly common thanks to pregnancy hormones. If you experience sharp or severe pain, it’s important to seek medical help as quickly as possible.

Things to keep in mind

Throughout your pregnancy both your mental and physical wellbeing is important. Many articles on pregnancy neglect to explain the mental challenges that expecting moms can struggle with during this time. Pregnancy hormones, the added stresses of a new life growing inside you and previous or current depression and/or anxiety can mean that you may also struggle with antenatal depression and anxiety.

Tell-tale signs of antenatal depression are feeling sad or anxious all the time, and lack of interest in things that used to.  If you do feel that you’re struggling it’s important that you reach out to a health care provider and rely on family and friends for support. Joining a support group of moms, or moms-to-be in a similar position can also help you feel more at ease.

Where is your baby at in week 12

Your growing baby is now roughly the size of a lime or a plum. At this point all your baby’s important features, body parts and organs are in place, they just have lots of growing and maturing to do. Your baby’s tiny developing bone marrow is starting to make white blood cells and their muscles and nervous system are maturing.

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