Pregnency

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12 Weeks Pregnant

Shop for new bras and underwear’s, but do not overdo it, as you need to stock up again and again for the rest of the journey.

Your baby is the size of a plum now and from here on the baby becomes more mature and bigger. You will see her skull, heart, and limbs. The baby’s movements become more rapid moving her arms and legs purposefully. By now she will have a defined nose, chin, and jaw.


Week 12 pregnency
  • Her ears and eyes are moving.
  • Her bones are developing
  • Her chest muscles are strong enough to practice breathing movements.
  • She is developing her finger nails and toe nails.
  • Her liver and kidneys are working and she has a bladder to store the urine she's made when she starts swallowing amniotic fluid.
  • Your placenta is nearly or already complete. It will grow larger and is an amazing life support machine for your baby that provides her with food, breathes for her and gets rid of her waste.
  • Her liver is producing red blood cells - later on her long bones will do this for her. Her liver is also making bile, which will help her digest fats.
  • Her heart fully formed and the heart beat slows down, maybe at the rate of 110 from 160 beats per minute as the baby is getting more mature.
Scans and tests

Your urine and blood will be tested.

A screening test for Down's syndrome may be recommended. This is a scan to measure the amount of fluid in the back of your baby's neck. This is called the nuchal translucency scan.

The combined test will detect 85% of babies with Down's syndrome. You will get the results sent to you at a risk of 1 in 500. This is only a screening test and not a diagnostic test.

In an amniocentesis test, a small needle is inserted through your abdomen to collect a sample of amniotic fluid that takes placental cells that will give you almost 100% definitive results.

Both amniocentesis and CVS tests have risks.

Your pregnancy symptoms at 12 weeks pregnant

Experience more vaginal discharge.

Your belly becomes bigger and more noticeable.



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