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Week 12 of Pregnancy

FACTS:

This is the end of the first trimester considered the most intense part of the development of the pregnancy. By now you may have put on an extra 10 per cent of your body weight. You may not look pregnant to most people but your baby has made the miraculous leap from a mere cell cluster to a recognisable but tiny human being.

The baby measures about 6.5cm but weighs only 18gms or half an ounce. The head is more round, the eyelids have formed and both arms and legs can move. The placenta is now fully-developed and takes over as your baby’s life support system, providing oxygen and nutrients from your blood supply.

As your expanding womb pushes out above your pubic bone into the abdomen, the pressure on your bladder eases. The extra blood circulating may raise your body temperature.

TIPS:

Choose natural therapies as an option to help you glide through the next two trimesters. Pregnant women have been doing this for centuries in preparation for childbirth. If you are unsure as to what is safe and what’s not, click here to consult our guide.

Find out about antenatal testing, what it involves, the benefits and possible risks. At the end of the day, it is your decision. Make sure you make an informed one. For more information click here

Your risk of miscarriage has now reduced. Maybe it’s a perfect time to share your news with those close to you.

Listen to your body. If you are really worried call your doctor, no matter how trivial your concern may seem.




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