A brief about 12 weeks pregnant


12 weeks pregnant

Pregnancy is a beautiful but demanding time for a woman’s body. Over 40 weeks, your body will change and grow to accommodate the new life growing inside of you. These changes can be both exciting and overwhelming, but knowing what to expect can help you better prepare for the months ahead.

At 12 weeks pregnant, your baby is about the size of a lime. They’re starting to develop little teeth and their bones are beginning to harden. You may begin to feel them move around this week, though it may be more like flutters or gas at first.

Your body is also changing at this stage in pregnancy. Your breasts may be larger and more sensitive, and you may have started to experience occasional Braxton-Hick contractions. You may also be dealing with pregnancy brain, fatigue, and nausea.

It’s important to take care of yourself during pregnancy. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, stay active, and get plenty of rest. If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, be sure to talk to your doctor.

Here are a few symptoms that you might experience at 12 weeks pregnant:

1. Nausea

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In the early stages of pregnancy, many women experience nausea, also called “morning sickness.” This can happen at any time of day and is often worse on an empty stomach. This feeling usually goes away as the pregnancy progresses.

2. Fatigue

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It’s common to feel exhausted during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. This fatigue is caused by the increased levels of hormones in your body. Be sure to get plenty of rest and take breaks when you need them.

3. Breast tenderness

Your breasts may be larger and more sensitive at this stage in pregnancy. You may also notice darker patches of skin around your nipples. These changes are due to the increased levels of hormones in your body preparing for breastfeeding.

4. Braxton-Hicks contractions

Braxton-Hick contractions are false labor pains that can occur throughout pregnancy. These contractions are usually painless and irregular. They may become more frequent and intense as you get closer to your due date.

5. Pregnancy brain

Many women experience what is commonly known as “pregnancy brain” during pregnancy. This is a temporary condition that can cause forgetfulness, absentmindedness, and difficulty concentrating.

6. Back pain

Back pain is common in pregnancy, especially as the belly grows larger. Be sure to keep your back straight and supported when sitting or standing. When lying down, try placing a pillow under your knees for added support.

7. Constipation

Constipation is a common problem during pregnancy, due to the increased levels of hormones in your body. To avoid constipation, be sure to eat plenty of fiber-rich foods and drink plenty of fluids. This will help to keep your digestive system moving.

8. Urinary tract infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common during pregnancy. This is due to the increased pressure on the bladder from the growing uterus. If you have any symptoms of a UTI, such as pain or burning when urinating, be sure to contact your doctor.

9. Stretch marks

Stretch marks are a common side effect of pregnancy, especially as the belly grows larger. These markings usually appear in the third trimester and are most likely to occur in women who are pregnant with twins or who have a family history of stretch marks.

10. Skin changes

During pregnancy, you may notice changes in your skin, such as darker patches or stretch marks. These changes are due to the increased levels of hormones in your body.

11. Swelling

Swelling, or edema, is a common problem during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. This is caused by the increased levels of fluids in your body. Be sure to stay hydrated and avoid standing for long periods to reduce swelling.

12. Heartburn

Heartburn is a common problem during pregnancy, due to the pressure of the growing uterus on the stomach. To avoid heartburn, be sure to eat small meals throughout the day and avoid spicy or fatty foods.

Endnote

You are now officially in your second trimester! This is often considered the easiest stage of pregnancy, as many of the uncomfortable symptoms of the first trimester will start to subside. You may find that you have more energy and less fatigue. Your breasts will also continue to grow and change as your body prepares for breastfeeding. Remember to take care of yourself and listen to your body during this special time. If you have any concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor.

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