Pregnancy Care, Tips, Guide Week 12, Month 3
This week, the baby has achieved a milestone of moving from the formation phase to maintenance phase. All the vital organs and body systems were formed which will mature in the next 28 weeks. The basic brain structure is complete with the beginning of pituitary gland and the bone marrow has started producing white blood cells. The baby’s eyes have moved to their final position and they will remain fused till week 27.
At present, the baby’s skeleton is made up of cartilage but it will soon harden up and become bones. By end of this week, the kidneys will begin to excrete urine into the urinary bladder.
The ideal weight of baby by the end of week 12 is approximately 14 grams (0.49 ounces)
The surging pregnancy hormones can make you emotional throughout pregnancy. You can also try buying maternity clothes to fit your growing body. You may have a strong sense of smell and your morning cup of coffee might make you nauseated. It is a good practice to avoid caffeinated drinks when you are pregnant.
At the cusp of your second trimester, most of the irritating symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, frequent urination etc., would be gone or diminished. You may experience a new discomfort, dizziness and progesterone is the one to blame. When progesterone takes increased blood flow to the fetus, the return flow is slowed down which causes lowered blood pressure. This in turn causes dizziness. Apart from these, some pregnant women in their 12th week may experience dark brown patches on their face.
- The increased sense of smell during the first trimester may irk you. Open the windows for proper ventilation or keep a lemon piece nearby and sniff whenever you feel nauseated.
- During your regular checkup, ask the gynecologist to check for the baby’s heart beat through ultra sound procedure.
- Take naps and regular breaks during the day to beat fatigue.
- Do not miss your folic acid, iron and vitamin supplements as it contributes to your baby’s normal development.
- Do not consume over the counter medications even for headache. Consult your physician and take only prescribed medicines.