Pregnancy Week 12


Your baby’s face continues to change. His eyes were previously on the sides of his head; now they are moving closer together to the front of the face. Eyelids have formed, though his eyes will stay shut until approximately the seventh month of pregnancy to protect the nerves in the eyes. The ears also have moved to their correct positions on the side of his head, your baby now has a profile with a noticeable chin and nose. As the brain continues to develop the baby becomes more responsive. He feel touch on his body. He moves and squirms away from your finger when you prod your tummy.

By the end of week 12 your uterus will probably have grown from the size of an orange to the size of a grapefruit. At around this stage, between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy, your womb will rise up out of your pelvis and into your abdomen, and your doctor will then be able to feel your womb by palpating your tummy.

You will be offered an ultrasound scan at approximately 12 weeks. The scanner will check the baby’s heartbeat and then take a measurement from the top of the baby’s head to its bottom. Up until about 12th week of pregnancy all babies grow at the same rate, irrespective of you and your partners height.

 During the first trimester you might notice that your sense of smell changes and becomes more sensitive. You may also suddenly develop strong aversions to certain foods, to the extent of being unable to tolerate even the smell. Food cravings, a well talked about topic can also occur.



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