12 Weeks Pregnant
At 12 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is the size of a lime and is looking more and more like a fully formed baby.
At 12 weeks of pregnancy, your little lime will start developing reflexes. This means your baby will begin opening and closing their fingers, will curl their toes, and start making sucking movements with the mouth.
Twelve Weeks Pregnant
You are nearing the end of your 1st trimester and this feels like a milestone! As you move from the 1st to the 2nd trimester, the likelihood of a miscarriage greatly reduces.
Your little baby is still busy in week number 12. In addition to the reflexes developing, the intestines continue to mature as they start to move into the abdominal cavity and the kidneys will start to excrete urine into the bladder.
The brain continues to make rapid connections as synapses are forming at a staggering rate. The face continues to develop and now looks like a formed baby. The eyes and ears are where they should be.
How You Are Changing
You will probably start seeing notable changes beginning this week. Your waist is getting thicker as your uterus is too big to fit inside your pelvis and starts to extend into your abdomen. If this isn’t your fist pregnancy, you may already be in maternity pants.
Your heart rate is increasing because of the extra blood pumping through your body. You may develop heartburn, even if you’ve never had it before. Although, some women don’t experience heartburn until much later in their pregnancy, when their growing uterus pushes on their stomach.
Another pregnancy symptom most women have is vaginal discharge. This often begins occurring in the early weeks of pregnancy but may start or get more noticeable by the 12th week. The discharge is called leukorrhea. It is an odorless or mild-smelling milky discharge that you’ll notice on your underwear. This is due to the increase of estrogen and extra blood flow to the vaginal area. The discharge is made up of old cells from the vaginal walls and normal bacterial flora.
If the discharge becomes foul-smelling, or if it changes from white to yellow or green, you should contact your health care specialist as it could be signs of an infection.