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12 weeks pregnant : complete info , symptoms and development

During the 12th week of pregnancy, the face of the fetus is increasingly clear. During the second trimester of this pregnancy, your stomach is not too large, so you are still free to move. Find out more here.

12 weeks pregnant


Embryo growth

The face of the mother fetus is now increasingly clear. Its length is around 6 cm and its eyes that appear from the side of the head are now starting to get close to their supposed position. Likewise with his ears.

 His hair and nails start to grow. In the mouth has grown thin teeth roots that will become the baby's teeth. He also started to suck his thumb. The voice band is complete even though it hasn't been used until the first few seconds after being born into the world.

What is the change in my body?

During the development of the fetus 12 weeks of pregnancy, pregnant women are likely to begin to be more confident. Pregnant women may feel more beautiful, their skin becomes more refined and radiant.

The cause of this change in self-confidence and appearance is caused by increased blood flow and hormonal activity during pregnancy. As a result, hormones and blood flow to the blood vessels not only increase the activity of the oil glands and make your face more blushed and the skin surface firmer and smoother, but sometimes this can cause acne.

What do I need to pay attention to?

At this time, the fetus does not need a lot of nutrients so that your weight is barely increased. However, when you enter the three-month period of pregnancy, babies will have greater water, energy, and nutritional needs. You need to prepare a certain diet and lifestyle to increase body weight stably.

In many cases, your weight can increase too quickly during the early stages of pregnancy. It could be because you think you eat for two people, when in fact there aren't many fetal nutritional needs. It could also be because the food you eat during pregnancy contains more calories.

In fact, this nutrient is only needed for the mother, not your baby. You don't need to worry about weight, unless you lose weight too fast. Please set clear and reasonable goals and plans for weight control while providing essential nutrients for mother and baby.

Visit to Doctor / Midwife

What do I need to discuss with the doctor on week 12?

Please consult with a doctor to regulate a reasonable weight in the next six months, ensuring a stable weight until the eighth month, and ensuring that your weight does not increase by more than 15 kg during pregnancy. Please consult with your doctor about the right diet so that it will help you maintain slimness and lose weight easily after giving birth, while still providing adequate nutrition for mother and baby. To achieve this, you must gain weight efficiently and improve the quality of food by eating nutrient-rich foods.

Tests that may be needed at 12 weeks' gestation
You can ask the doctor during the pregnancy and development of the fetus for 12 weeks of pregnancy. Later the doctor will advise you on a nuchal translucency or ultrasound measurement test to examine the nape of the baby's skin, to diagnose the risk of Down's syndrome.

Don't worry, this test is not dangerous for mother and baby. You may also undergo a blood test to measure protein levels in the blood and find other problems that might cause complications to the fetus and mother.

What do I need to know to maintain health and safety during pregnancy?

1. The size of your stomach

In the first three months of pregnancy, you may not have a distended stomach. Now your baby has grown and your stomach is enlarged. This means you need to be more careful. When your stomach grows, the center of gravity changes. This will cause you to experience lower back pain. You also cannot force yourself or move suddenly.

The protrusion in the stomach or baby bump indicates that your uterus is growing and can compress the main blood vessels. It is best to sleep on your left side of your body at night, ensuring adequate supply of blood and nutrients to your baby, and ensuring safety for you.

2. Anemia

During pregnancy, one of your main obligations is to provide adequate nutrition for the fetus. So, eating a vegetarian diet will not provide enough intake of vitamin B1, folic acid and iron for the production of red blood cells.

If you have anemia, you are more at risk of infection and bleeding during childbirth. To avoid this, you should consume animal products so that you have enough nutrients for yourself and the fetus.

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