Week 12 of Your Pregnancy


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Pregnancy Symptoms

Few of the symptoms which you may notice at twelve weeks are:

Bleeding and sensitive gums

Many pregnant women start dealing with pregnancy gingivitis around this time during their pregnancy. Constant acidity and vomitings lead to the accumulation of acid in their mouth, which may damage the gums leading to gingivitis. Hormone upheavals also often lead to this condition. In addition, pregnant ladies who crave sweets and junk may increase their intake damaging their teeth and gums. While some women may struggle with increased saliva production, others can experience reduced saliva, which can also can oral damage. Saliva can also turn acidic for some, which erodes the enamel and gums, resulting in sore and sensitive gums.


Acidity or heartburn is a common symptom during pregnancy. You can get rid of this in a week if you get lucky. If not, try to reduce spice and oil in your food, and not having a bulky meal at once can help in better digestion. Stay hydrated, and try to include some physical activity in your routine, if your doctor approves of it.


It is still a few weeks that your baby has formed, and your body is working towards nourishing it well. For this process, your body needs extra metabolism, which is extra blood pumping. Progesterone helps in the process by relaxing and widening the blood vessels to support the blood flow. It can sometimes cut down the blood flow to your brain, resulting in dizziness.

Heightened sense of smell

All blame is on the hormones that make you queasy with the increased sense of smell. While there is nothing much that you can do about having this strong sense of smell, staying away from foods and smells that trigger sickness can help a bit. Cook and eat foods that don't make you feel nauseous. Stay around some chemical-free aromas that can make you feel good.

Excess saliva

Excess saliva is one of those annoying symptoms during pregnancy. It occurs due to hormonal shifts and also due to nausea. Try to use mouthwash, and brush your teeth twice a day, which in turn protects you from gum diseases during pregnancy which is very common in many women.

Food aversion

You can't even stand the smell of your favorite food. Blame it on pregnancy hormones, as they can make your stomach churn even at the sight of some foods. Try to cope with it by cooking and eating foods that don't make you feel sick.


Bloating is one of the most common symptoms during pregnancy. It will be there in the first trimester and reappears during the third because of the expanded uterus and fully grown baby. Inculcating slight changes to your eating habits can help combat bloating. Try having small and frequent meals, stay hydrated, and indulge in physical activities like walking and mild exercises.


Waking up feels like a chore during pregnancy, and this is obviously because of pregnancy fatigue. Your body before the baby was different than what it is now, and changes that occur to nourish the new life are bound to impact your physical wellness. However, feeling exhausted is normal during pregnancy. It will soon end as you enter the second trimester but reappears in the third because of the heavy belly.


Are you still not able to keep the food and liquids down? Your body will put an end to this annoying pregnancy symptom as soon as you enter the 14th or 15th week. But, for some women, nausea may linger throughout the pregnancy. If you are unable to keep even a sip of water down, it can be hyperemesis gravidarum. Consult your gynecologist, as this can leave you dehydrated, which is not a good sign during pregnancy.

Mood swings

It is common to experience mood swings till the end of pregnancy. The rush of hormones is capable of creating havoc and may leave you feeling overwhelmed at times.

Baby's Development

How big is your baby?

Baby’s Length: 3.1 cm.
Baby’s Weight: 4 g.

Your baby is now the size of a Plum. While you have been dealing with morning sickness, fatigue and a million other symptoms, your little one has been busy. The baby’s vital organs and key body systems will be in place this week. Following are the development of your fetus this week.

By this week the baby’s heartbeat can be heard loud and clear. So, if you haven’t been able to hear it till now, on your next doctor visit you’ll be sure to hear it.

A big move is on the cards this week. The baby’s intestines which were till now taking up the umbilical cord space are now set to move into the abdomen. By end of next week, they will have moved completely into the abdomen.

Another milestone is that the baby’s brain structure is complete. Neurons are multiplying rapidly and synapses are forming at speed.

Baby’s thyroid is fully formed and has started working. The pituitary gland has started producing hormones, and the baby’s pancreas have also started to synthesize insulin. Isn’t it all amazing!

This week also marks the production of white blood cells by the bone marrow. These will help the baby fight infections after birth.

Baby’s digestive system is also rapidly developing and the muscles in the stomach are practicing contractions so that they can process food after birth.


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