Your dream child at 12th week

You're reaching an important milestone--the end of the first trimester. This is a very exciting week for your baby. The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. The major development of your baby is complete and the emphasis is now on growth.



From the tiny details to major developments, your baby's growth continues with significant progress during your 12th week of pregnancy:

  • When you’re 12 weeks pregnant, your baby's facial features continue to become more defined, particularly his nose and chin.
  • vocal cords form during this 12th week, and the nails on all 20 fingers and toes form and become visible.
  • The intestines are still growing; however they now have room to move into the abdomen area.
  • Brain development is in high gear, as fetal nerve cells multiply rapidly and synapses start firing.
  • Her jaws have tooth buds in place, and she can suck and swallow.
  • Her circulation is fully working and her bones are becoming harder.


Your dream child is the size of plum! Your baby now weighs about half an ounce and is about 2 1/2 inches long from top to bottom. Her skin remains very thin and translucent and the blood vessels are visible through it. Her external genitals are forming, although it would still be very difficult to determine the sex of your baby on an ultra sound scan. The movement of your baby will increase as the muscles in her limbs will develop, although you will not be aware of them.

How to control constipation during pregnancy?

  • Eat fiber-rich foods including whole-grain breads, oatmeal, and brown rice.
  • Eat a variety of vegetables, legumes, and nuts, including peas, broccoli, and almonds.
  • Drink plenty of water — at least 10 8-ounce glasses a day.
  • Drink juices and eat whole fruits, especially prunes, pears, and raspberries, which are all fiber-rich foods.
  • Try eating smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Add a little more activity to your exercise routine. Just an extra 10 minutes might offer the boost your system needs.
  • Iron supplements sometimes can cause constipation. Try natural herbal medicines for iron supplements.

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