Week 12 of Pregnancy: Baby is now the size of a lime, weighs about 15 grams and is about 5cm high from head to toe. During the week, most of your baby’s organs have started to develop, but it still takes time to fully mature and function. Among these evolving organs, the digestive system is the most developed, and your baby is already practicing digestive movements, including gripping, sucking and even hiccups. You may not feel it yet, but in a few weeks, these actions will become obvious.

The bone marrow in your baby’s bones is also making leukocytes as known as white blood cells, which fight infection. In addition to building a strong immune system, the baby’s pituitary gland is also producing important hormones that help Your baby’s future fertility.

Changes in the body and life – Week 12 of Pregnancy

Increased blood flow gives you the unique radiance of you as a pregnant mother, but it can also cause you dizziness, as pregnancy hormones, including Progesterone. This can cause your vascular to relax and expansion, which allows more blood flow, and provide important nutrition for baby. But, this can also lead to lower blood pressure, leading to a restricted blood flow into the brain, and eventually cause dizziness. When you get up too quickly or move too quickly, you might feel dizzy, which is why your doctor advises you to relax.

Another cause of dizziness is low glycemic values. This can happen if you don’t eat regularly or forget to eat. Be sure to put some healthy snacks at your desk or bag, because you never know when it will come in handy. To control dizziness, lie down or sit down, bury your head between your knees, and breathe deeply.

What should I be aware of – Week 12 of Pregnancy

At this point, your weight may not have increased much. In the second and third months, more weight will be added. This is because you need more nutrition and energy to support growing babies in the abdomen.

At the beginning of pregnancy, it may sometimes be too fast, because you think that one person is eating two portion, but in fact your fetus doesn’t have that much nutritional needs. You may also crave foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar, which are delicious but bad.

To control weight gain, you can develop a diet plan, consult a physician or dietitian and get the most nutrients from the least calories. Your diet is likely to include fruits, vegetables and healthy fats such as nuts and legumes.

Periodic maternity inspection

If you have any concerns about your weight, consult a physician and about your worries of being unhealthy. Your doctor can help you find ways to control your weight, and if you do not gain enough, it can hurt your baby. It is important to gain weight at a steady rate and provide the baby with adequate nutrition for normal development. Discuss with your doctor about your body mass index (BMI) to help you calculate how much weight you should gain during pregnancy.

What check-upss should I do?

Last week, your doctor may have checked your blood and performed an ultrasound test to see if there are any chromosomal abnormalities. The most common chromosomal abnormalities are Down syndrome. Ultrasonic is used to measure the thickness of the neck, also known as the neck transparent film, and you may know the results this week, remember that these results are used to estimate your risk. If the results confirm that you are at high risk, you need to perform a diagnostic test to confirm that your baby has a chromosomal abnormalities. Whether to do these tests is a personal choice, the risk of leading to miscarriage is 1%, and you should discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of these tests.

Health information during pregnancy

It is important to keep yourself and your growing baby safe and healthy. Here are some things you should be aware of:

Belly

When you enter the middle trimester, the pregnant belly becomes more pronounced. This means your baby is growing, but it also means you will be more prone to lower back pain. As the abdomen continues to grow, your center of gravity changes, it is important to understand your body and take extra measures to protect your back. You can start a prenatal yoga class, or make some time to stretch in the morning or before bedtime. This can help you adapt to new changes, please do not stress or make any sudden movements.

Growing pregnant belly means that your womb is growing. This may increase the risk of oppression of the sciatic nerve, which is the body’s largest nerve, from the lower back to the hips and the back of the legs, all the way to the ankles and feet. This causes sharp tingling in the back of the buttock, also known as sciatica. This is normal and temporary, not everyone will feel so, it may be more common in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, but some women may feel it sooner.

To help control the pain, you can take a break first. Another helpful method is to slow down weight gain, do some pelvic and kegel exercise or swim to lose weight.

Anemia

One of your top tasks during pregnancy is to provide your baby with adequate nutrition. The vitamins and nutrients you need include folic acid, vitamin B1 and iron, all of which produces red blood cells. If you are vegetarian, be sure to replenish these vitamins, and if you lack them, the risk of anemia is higher. Some signs and symptoms of anemia include fatigue, pale skin and weakness. If you suspect that you have anemia, consult your doctor.

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