The 12th week of pregnancy is an amazing time and is on the cusp of the second trimester. Every woman is different in the way she experiences pregnancy and some may have felt signs for weeks, where others will only start to notice around the twelve week mark. A baby has been growing inside of them at a rapid rate, so rarely do women fly through without any symptoms.
By week 12 of pregnancy, the fetus is approximately a half ounce in weight and 2.5 inches long. A lot is happening inside the small baby-to-be, including hormone production in the brain and urine production in the kidneys. Pressing on areas around the uterus can cause the baby to move, but women won’t be able to feel the movements yet because it’s still too small.
The 12th week of pregnancy is the time when pretty much all pregnant ladies notice their uterus “pop” out in front of them. This “pot belly” is usually in the lower abdomen area, rather than up higher near the stomach. The skin will often change in appearance and other side effects such as heartburn, lower back pain, headaches and lethargy are prominent around this time.
For women who have trouble sleeping because of restless legs or lower back problems, there are special pregnancy pillows that are a fantastic resolution. As the body works hard to grow and change in the uterus area, it can offer a lot of relief to sleep with the legs apart, resting the whole body along the pillow.
When the 12th week of pregnancy is reached, many women experience a sense of relief. The majority of miscarriages occur at some stage in the first trimester so a feeling of being home-free is not uncommon. Of course there are rare cases where complications can arise, but from twelve weeks on it’s usually a smooth ride to the finish line.
Twins will usually be identified in the eleven week ultra sound, or any number of multiples. Whether they are having one or more babies, if it hasn’t struck her yet, it is around this time that all women will start to really plan and get organized for the changes that are coming their way. They will start to plan for any big adjustments that need to be made, organize maternity leave and have birth plans and birthing classes in place.
Since spending a lot of time on their feet can be difficult for a tired, busy pregnant woman, there are many options available for shopping online. From items for the baby to anything an expecting mother needs to make pregnancy more comfortable, the items required can be bought over the internet. This means no waiting in lines, being stuck in crowds or finding the things they need are out of stock. The goal when pregnant is to stay as relaxed and calm as possible, so buying over the web is often the simplest and best option.
There is still so many more amazing and wonderful experiences to come, such as feeling the baby move for the first time or even finding out the sex. The most important thing of all for any woman is to ensure she does everything in an educated way that she is completely comfortable with, as well as surrounding herself with support from friends, family and professionals that reassure her everything is safe and under control. A sense of security for the mother will provide a relaxed and comforting environment for the baby to develop in.