Your Baby's Development: Week 12
Now that you are 12 weeks pregnant, your baby already weighs 14 grams, has reflexes and because of muscular development, can even move its limbs! You would now be able to hear your baby's heart beat with the aid of a Doppler, which your practitioner should have. Your baby's heart rate will be very fast, at about 160 beats per minute.
Did you know that you nutritional needs change throughout your pregnancy? That's why Biotegrity's are designed specifically for each trimester. Their Stage 1 supplements come with extra folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 while their Stage 2 vitamins are made with extra calcium, iron and vitamin C.
What Does My Baby Look Like?
You'll also now notice a face profile, complete with a tiny chin and nose. The baby is now able to swallow, and its tiny fingernails and toenails are forming.
At this stage of your pregnancy, you should start to feel a little better. You'll feel less tired and your nausea will begin to subside. Expect compliments on your "pregnancy glow"; the increased blood volume and pregnancy hormones work together to increase oil gland secretion, resulting in flushed, plumper and smoother skin appearance. You'll also notice the appearance of the linea nigra, a dark line drawn from your belly button.
The risk of a miscarriage is now greatly reduced and sits below 5%. Your placenta is now taking over the production of hormones.
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