All about pregnancy week 12

While it may seem as if you've doubled in size over the past few weeks, it's your baby who actually has! By now your baby weighs a full half-ounce, with a crown-to-rump length of about two and a half inches — about the size of a large plum. As you near the end of your first trimester, your uterus, now about the size of a large grapefruit, begins to migrate from the bottom of your pelvis to a front-and-center position in your abdomen.
Your doc can feel your growing uterus by touching your abdomen, but you may not look pregnant. This annoying pregnancy symptom will likely go away as you head into your second trimester.
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It's hard to believe (especially from the outside, since you're probably barely showing at this point), but your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks. At 12 weeks pregnant, the herculean task of developing new bodily structures is nearing an end, as most of your baby's systems are fully formed – though there's still plenty of maturing to do. If you're lucky, this will bring an end to one pesky early pregnancy symptom: the constant urge to urinate. Yup — it's your old friend progesterone again, which causes your blood vessels to relax and widen around 12 weeks pregnant, increasing the flow of blood to your baby (again, good for baby), but slowing the return of blood to you (as always, not so good for mom).
But be sure to practice your Kegel exercises throughout the next several months to help prevent pregnancy-induced incontinence down the line. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional. Now comes the maintenance phase, during which your fetus' systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work.
Also slated to diminish somewhat now that you're on the cusp of your second trimester are some of those other early pregnancy symptoms: nausea, super-tender breasts and nipples, food aversions and fatigue.
Ask what you are measuring and record it in your pregnancy journal, along with your weight. Pregnancy symptoms can also stand between you and a good time — after all, it's hard to purr when you're busy gagging on dinner or to get busy when you barely have the energy to get undressed or for your partner to take advantage of those extra-large breasts when you have a strict look-but-don't-touch (ouch!) policy in effect.
The bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons which will one day help your baby fight infection once he's out of your safe haven (including all those germs passed around the snot-nosed playgroup).

Another cause of dizziness during pregnancy is low blood-sugar levels, which can occur if you're not eating regularly.
An obese woman might even be advised to lose some weight, through safe and sane methods, during her pregnancy. Many women get heartburn for the first time during pregnancy, and those who've previously had bouts of heartburn may find that it gets worse.During pregnancy, the placenta produces a lot of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the valve that separates the esophagus from the stomach.
For many women, heartburn doesn't begin (or get worse) until later in pregnancy, when your growing uterus starts to push up on your stomach. But ultimately, whether or not to test is a personal decision.Many women choose screening and then make a decision about diagnostic testing based on the initial results. The amount of discomfort varies from woman to woman, and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.This week's activityMake a baby budget. Sit down with your partner to discuss how you'll handle all the new expenses - baby clothes, food, diapers, toys, and baby gear can add up fast.

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