12 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week

12 weeks pregnant is a milestone! You made it to the final week of the first trimester!

Time to pop that champagne and celebrate. Uhhm hold on a little. You don’t actually have the luxury to be popping champagnes any time you feel like now that you are pregnant.

You need to stay away from alcoholic drinks. I kid you not. Stay away from alcohol. It’s bad for your fast growing baby! A glass of water, maybe? Milk? Juice? Chocolate? Anything so long as it’s not alcohol will suffice.

Believe it or not, you’ve made it through the unpredictable and tiring first trimester of pregnancy. You’ve seen it all. The good news is that with the onset of the second trimester, nasty pregnancy symptoms of the first trimester will start dissipating.

You will experience less of nausea, your energy levels will pick up, your optimism will be on a new level, and your hormones will now give you a little break. It’s just the other day that you found out you had conceived. You had your doubts, fears, and like many others, was extremely excited.

You worried whether you will get to the last week of the first trimester especially with the nasty symptoms and the unpredictability of pregnancy. You worried yourself sick. You can vividly remember panicking that you could have had a miscarriage when you first had noticed the slight vaginal bleeding.

The frantic calls to your doctor, the confusion, and the sigh of relief when your doctor confirmed there was nothing to worry about was the icing on the cake. Week 11 was amazing and now that you are in the final stretch of your first trimester, you can’t help but be grateful for this far you’ve come.

Your Baby at 12 Weeks Pregnant

This week, your baby is about the size of a plum, measures about 2.1 inches long, and weighs an amazing 0.49 ounces. Your baby is making great strides and developing at a furious rate. It’s like he/she can’t wait to come into the world.

At 12 weeks pregnant, your tiny baby has got all the organs in place. What remains is for your baby to keep growing and maturing as you near your delivery date.

How Many Months Is 12 Weeks Pregnant?

At 12 weeks pregnant, the first trimester has come full circle. You are in the last week of the first trimester and in the third month of your pregnancy. Congratulations for going through the first 3 months of pregnancy without any complications!

Your Body at 12 Weeks Pregnant

The first weeks were nightmarish so to speak. Everything you ate came out right after. You had worse episodic bouts of nausea. You were fatigued most of the time and your appetite suffered a beating. But now that you are winding up the first trimester, you feel the need to make up for all those days you never ate as you would have wanted.

I understand your increased appetite and the fact that your excuse for eating more than necessary is because, apparently, you are eating for two. Be careful on the calories intake. The acceptable extra calories to add during pregnancy is 300. Ensure you eat a healthy diet and consult your health provider on what to eat and what to avoid during your pregnancy.

12 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At 12 weeks, it’s increasingly getting difficult to conceal or rather, hide your baby bump. Your baby bump is now showing and people can now tell that you are pregnant. You most probably announced the news of your conception a couple of weeks ago.

If not, do it just to make it official. Otherwise, people can now tell by themselves that you are pregnant. Are you the kind of person that loves to document your pregnancy journey? This might the time to start taking those cute pictures now that your bump is showing!

12 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

If your symptoms were nasty in the first weeks of pregnancy, the 12th week might usher in a new period of reprieve. As you usher in the second trimester, nasty bouts of nausea will subside and you will also notice that you are more energetic as compared to your first trimester. Having said that, what are some of the pregnancy symptoms common in the 12th week of pregnancy?

Fewer Visits to the Bathroom

Oh how you thought this would never end. You just couldn’t stand the frequent visits to the bathroom. It got under your skin, made you uncomfortable, and borderline made you a little insane. I’ve got good news for you. Now that you are 12 weeks pregnant, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. Your visits to the bathroom will now be infrequent giving you the much needed relief!

Heightened Sense of Smell

You might have noticed that you can smell a cologne from a distance or even sniff a bad odor from across the room. I know, it can be frustrating. Try to ensure there is enough circulation of air in your room by opening up windows. Consequently, you could keep a piece of lemon nearby to sniff whenever you smell something that might induce nausea.

Fatigue                                                                 

You are tired most of the time even when all you’ve been doing is lazing around the whole day. I understand that it gets on your nerves. The pregnancy hormones have been working overtime to ensure the growth and development of your baby. Now that your baby’s organs are fully formed, your fatigue will begin to subside with the onset of the second trimester.

Excess Saliva

Drooling in your sleep? Noticed excess saliva more than is ordinary? Don’t panic. This is quite normal when you are pregnant. It also triggers nausea especially when you are in a place where you can’t spit such as a boardroom meeting. Your excess saliva is caused by the pesky HCG hormones and simply put, beyond you.

Increased Vaginal Discharge

You might find it weird but believe me or not, the increased discharge from your vagina is quite normal and healthy. The increased vaginal discharge is meant to protect bacteria from reaching your womb and affecting your baby in any way. Note that the normal discharge should be clear white and odorless. If the discharge has an odor and is brownish, greenish or yellowish in color, consult your health provider immediately.

Headaches

Experiencing headaches and wondering why that is the case? Well, your headaches could be informed by any of the following:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal shifts
  • Dehydration
  • Drop in sugar levels
  • Lack of sleep

It would be great to identify what it is that triggers your headache and nip in it in the bud. For instance, if its stress related, avoid stressful situations. If it’s as a result of dehydration, increase your liquid intake.

12 weeks pregnant no symptoms? Relax. Don’t panic. There is nothing wrong with you. You are just one of the rare pregnant women that go through pregnancy event free. You need to be grateful!

Physical Changes

It’s a no brainer. You are now a little bigger and have added a little weight at week 12. Your baby has been growing rapidly and now people can visibly tell that you’ve increased in size. Your clothes are a little tighter and now might be the time to set out and shop for free dresses, tops, and stretchy pants.

You’ve also had to deal with comments from your friends saying that you are glowing. This is quite normal. Some women have this glow that is just amazing. Their eyes and hair are shining and their skin smooth. There is just a positive vibe about them that rubs you the right way. If you are one of them, welcome to the pregnancy club!

Things to Consider At 12 Weeks Pregnant

Start Writing a Pregnancy Journal

As you wind up the first trimester, this might be the best time to start writing a pregnancy journal. It might be time to start recording and writing in detail about all your pregnancy milestones beginning from the time of conception till now.

Take pictures and put down every wow moment of your pregnancy in detail. Maybe, at a later date in future, you might be able to hand that journal to your daughter or son for them to have a glimpse of what their pregnancy journey was like.

Eat Healthy

I cannot stress this enough. Your baby needs proper nourishment and there is no better way to do this than focusing on a healthy diet. Don’t just eat for the sake of eating. Ensure that each meal you eat has all the necessary nutrients that will positively impact the growth and development of your baby. If you have no clue on what to eat or avoid, simply reach out to your health provider and he/she will point you to the right direction.

Start Thinking Of a Baby Name

While you may not have already determined whether your baby is a boy or a girl, it doesn’t hurt to browse baby names and make a shortlist of your favorite ones.

12 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Read everything there is about pregnancy. It is good to be on top of everything and plan in advance.
  • Think of how you will break the news of your pregnancy to your employer.
  • Research the best local hospitals where you can give birth.
  • Check if your insurance plan covers prenatal visits.
  • If you haven’t announced the big news to your family, this is the time to do it.

The Final Take

This week marks the end of the first trimester. A huge milestone, no doubt. Week 13 will usher in the second trimester and with it, a new chapter in your pregnancy. Some of the severe symptoms of the first trimester will subside, your baby will now enter the phase of growing and maturation, and you will be extremely excited for the far you’ve come.

Ensure that you engage in moderate exercises, eat a healthy diet, visit your doctor regularly, have a heart to heart talk with your partner on your expectations and above all, stay safe. You’ve done well so far. You need a pat on the back. You can as well reach out to women who transitioned into motherhood and share your experiences with them. In just 6 months, your baby will be here and it’s upon you to ensure that they are safe until that time. Excited for week 13? In just a few days, you will be celebrating another milestone!

Go back to week 11.

Go forward to week 13.

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