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12 Weeks Pregnant: What's Happening

Say bye bye to morning sickness!

By now you are settling into your pregnancy and may find that you often just need a nice long nap, and for good reason: Your body is working really hard getting ready for motherhood as it develops the placenta, your baby's lifeline.

At the same time, your metabolism and hormone levels are surging, this triggers a decrease in blood sugar and blood pressure. The result of all this: pregnancy fatigue. Relief is around the corner as your energy level increases (and morning sickness decreases) over the next few weeks once placenta construction is completed.

Pregnancy calendar - 12 weeks

Your baby is now the size of a...

Plum. Your baby’s kidneys are now functioning and your baby is producing lots of white blood cells to help combat germs when he is born. His pituitary gland at the base of her brain has also started to produce hormones.

Your baby is now swallowing amniotic fluid and passing urine. His intestines will now start to move into the abdomen as there is now more space for them. He can now open and close his fists and although you still can’t feel movement he will respond to a gentle poke.

Pregnancy symptoms at 12 weeks

The good news is that as your first trimester ends, morning sickness and fatigue may disappear but the bad news is that they are replaced with headaches and dizziness.

Tips and advice for pregnancy at 12 weeks

Spotting at weeks 12 can be totally normal, but it is important to have it checked for a molar pregnancy.

A molar pregnancy means the formation of cysts in the uterus. It occurs due to abnormal development of the placenta and is a major cause of miscarriage at this stage of the pregnancy.

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