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The crown-to-rump length of your growing baby is almost 2.5 inches and she now weighs between 8 and 14 grams! In just three weeks, fetal size has more than doubled and begins to look a lot more human. Even though you will not be able to feel your baby moving at this time, you can stimulate him and he will squint, open his mouth and move his fingers or toes.

By the end of this week, your uterus is too large to remain completely in your pelvis. You might be able to feel your uterus above your pubic bone. The uterus will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy and will return to its usual size within a few weeks after delivery. Before pregnancy, the uterus is almost solid and holds less than 0.3 ounces. During pregnancy, your uterus will become a thin-walled, muscular container that will hold the fetus, amniotic fluid and placenta. Before pregnancy, the uterus weighs approximately 2.5 ounces and when your baby is born, it will weigh almost 40 ounces!

Because most of the structures are already formed at this point, few will be formed after this time. The structures will continue to grow and develop throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. The skeletal system now has centers of bone formation in most of the bones. The digestive system is capable of making contractions that push food through the bowels and is also able to absorb sugar. The pituitary gland is beginning to make hormones. You will probably be able to hear the fetal heartbeat with a doppler at this time!

This week may be the first week that you begin to feel better! Morning sickness often tends to improve or diminish at this time. You may begin to show slightly, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. You will feel more comfortable in loose clothing, such as maternity clothes. In addition to your tummy getting larger , you may notice an increase of size in your breasts, hips, legs and sides.

Your baby develops reflexes and the skin is very sensitive.
The brain is fully formed and the child can feel pain. The baby may even suck his thumb. The eyelids now cover the eyes and will remain shut until the seventh month to protect the delicate optical nerve fibers.

See also:

Depression during pregnancy

Abdominal pain during pregnancy





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flojoe - 1 days ago
Also had my NT scan and very thing is fine - was marked as low risk - but the highlight was seeing the little one- tiny legs all curled up and hands beside the head on either side .... So exciting and fulfilling it was.... Though the baby was turned around initially they made me stay there for 4 hours till they could see the nasal bone.... Phew! Was that tiring. And the sonographer had to prod and push to get the baby to turn, I get it that she was just doing her job, but now my first c-section scar hurts- should I be concerned?? I don't get to see my doc till next week.

flojoe - 1 days ago
That's nice to know that I am not the only one felling the little one 😁

mommashavin11 - 3 days ago
I have felt it too, as long as I am very still! It can't be anything else.this is baby # 11, so maybe it's from my muscles being lax!lol

mommashavin11 - 3 days ago
I have felt it too, as long as I am very still! It can't be anything else.this is baby # 11, so maybe it's from my muscles being lax!lol

SarahBeth13 - 3 days ago
I have also read that we shouldn't feel it yet... but I am with you and have felt a little thump a few times this past week. Maybe it is just in my head...but it really does feel like baby. I am almost 13 weeks now and for sure felt my first around 14 weeks so I guess it should be happening soon.

flojoe - 3 days ago
Yay! Week 12 from today. This is my second bubba.... And I am just wondering can any of you second or third time mommas feel the baby yet. I thought I felt some movements since last week - nothing clear just a sudden tumble or a poke... But all the literature say it's too early to feel the baby at all.... I know it's wasn't the muscle stretching or ligament pain thing- 'cause that feels different... Hmmmm - just wondering ......

SarahBeth13 - 4 days ago
Hi everyone! I am still here and will try each new week to reach out and see if anyone is up for chatting! I hope you are all doing well if you are out there. Morning sickness was going better early last week and then swooped back in full force right before the weekend. I am back to throwing up daily which I was so hoping would stop by now. Maybe next week? Just glad to be here still! Definitely looking pregnant. In fact, probably way more than I should. This is my third (successful so far) pregnancy and 5th pregnancy so I guess my body just jumped right in, oh well, embrace the bump!! Cheers!

mommashavin11 - 9 days ago
Thanks for the info. Since I'm not having genetic testing or NS done, I'm sure insurance won't just cover the gender part! Guess we have to wait another 6 weeks. Only finding out this time because we cannot figure out names for boy or girl, our family is huge, and running out of names! Lol

lilgibber22 - 9 days ago
Mammashavin11: Maternity21 or the Panoramic are the 2 test used by our doctors' office. My sister has DS so the Chromosome testing is covered by my insurance (gender falls under this test too).

DerbyQueenDill - 12 days ago
Mine has been the hardest yet! Finally starting to feel better thankfully! I asked my dr about including a blood gender test in my NT appointment, but it's not covered and would cost thousands out of pocket! So I'll wait until the 20wk US!

mommashavin11 - 12 days ago
Wow! Congrats, I thought you could only find out that early with amino? What blood test tells you gender? Learn something new everyday!

daffymtz22 - 12 days ago
Oh wow congrats! I didn't know you could find out so early on.

lilgibber22 - 12 days ago
DerbyQueenDill: This pregnancy is such a 180 from my daughter. No sickness or moodiness. Just feel like I'm bloated, but I'll take that. How about you?

DerbyQueenDill - 13 days ago
lilgibber22: Congrats on the boy! How is the pregnancy going overall?

lilgibber22 - 15 days ago
Hello Week 12 and we just found out were going to be having a Boy!!!! We're so excited. Saw that a few of you were talking about blood testing. I have done it with now both of my pregnancies to be able to prepare if we needed to ( and happy to now say that were low risk with this pregnancy too).

DerbyQueenDill - 17 days ago
Hello! Officially 12 weeks today, yay!

SarahMVR - 18 days ago
9 days until I'm in my second trimester..but eh..who is counting.. I look forward and hope I get energy..and that throwing up stops. It will be nice.

monkeymomma - 40 days ago
Good morning 12 weeks!!! For the past 2 nights, I have finally gotten some sleep. Loving this time of the pregnancy!

paulabrellisford@hotmail.com - 53 days ago
I've just ordered some maternity clothes off of ebay from a store in the UK...I'm so excited they look adorable and stylish, and even with the exchange rate being .5 at this time....its still more affordable then buying them in a local shop. 2 tops, to pants, and a cute black dress including delivery all for $103.00...I cant' wait to receive them!! If anyones interested go check out ebay store named Futuro-Mama...adorable clothing!

kerry1983 - 54 days ago
Littleaussie, I'm from the UK and it's just turned spring, but the weather is horrendous! Thankfully for pregnant women our summers never really get to hot anymore!! I have a scan booked for Thursday and I can't wait! I need to put my mind at rest as I don't 'feel pregnant' at the moment! So fingers crossed all is well! Hope everyone is doing well.

paulabrellisford@hotmail.com - 54 days ago
Ontario Canada here...spring is trying peek through...but stubborn old winter is giving her a hard time!! I don't look forward to our humid summer...I will swell like a balloon if I don't take good care...lol. I opted out of the Nuchal Scan...I figure for me its not going to change anything, all it will do is stress me out...I just prepare for everything and hope for the best...whats meant to be will be I guess is my philosophy :) At this point I am just hoping week 13 brings me relief from nausea, off set taste buds and motion/car sickness...I think Im about done with this nonsense...lol. Good luck to all of you going for testing over the next few days...and to those who celebrate...have a Happy Easter Weekend with your families and don't don't forget to give little baby a taste of chocolate :) Reese Eggs for this mama!!! :)

1morefor4 - 54 days ago
LittleAussie--I'm in the state of Maryland in America. We're fluctuating between winter and spring temps right now. But it should be spring weather here to stay soon and then summer heat come June. My NT scan is next Wednesday on the 8th. But I have a midwife appt tomorrow. Hoping I get to hear the heartbeat.

LittleAussieChick - 55 days ago
Does anyone else have a Nuchal scan booked for this week? I'm on Thursday..

LittleAussieChick - 55 days ago
Today actually marks me at 12 weeks but this site is a day behind the calendar we keep here in Oz.. :)

LittleAussieChick - 55 days ago
Its not until the mention of 'pregnant in summer'that im reminded that you ladies are from other places on the planet. This will be my first pregnancy in the Winter months! lol. :) Its just started to cool down in Australia these last few days....our Winter starts on June 1st. Where are you all from? I live in the state of Queensland in Aus.

1morefor4 - 57 days ago
I'm not looking forward to the summer part of being pregnant either. I've done it once before and thankfully that summer didn't get too hot but it felt hot being pregnant.

paulabrellisford@hotmail.com - 57 days ago
12 weeks...wow!! With a couple of my others....I didn't even know I was pregnant until now!! This one I found out so early...it feels like I should be further along. At this point I am sure time will start to fly by...especially with the nice weather ahead! I must say...not sure Im looking forward to being huge over the summer months...lol. And I have a wedding to attend August 29 !! Hope I can find a decent dress that doesn't make me feel like a house lol.

RowdyRandi - 57 days ago
Congrats kekea. I wanna start walking. Hope i get energy soon

kekea - 57 days ago
Hey ladies. I hope you are all doing well. This week was my first week of no extreme fatigue , rowdy I was even able to workout. Lol. I made it to the second trimester!

RowdyRandi - 58 days ago
That's horrible i don't wanna know that

1morefor4 - 58 days ago
I've read between 11 and 14 weeks. But my due date is based on an u/s scan and I think the midwife office was using my lmp to date which has me a week behind the u/s scan. The u/s was after my midwife appointment so I don't think they adjusted it because they scheduled my nt scan before I left the office prior to my dating scan. So I'll see if they will change it next week if not I'm not really stressing it. A close friend was told she had no significant risk and her son was still born with downs syndrome. So I take some of these screenings with a grain of salt. I just like seeing my baby so I'll take all the u/s they offer.

RowdyRandi - 59 days ago
Oh and my granma was always underweight her whole life but now in her 70s she's finally at a normal weight. So as long as your underweight issue isn't caused by a hyperactive thyroid then you can look forward to being heavier when your old:)

RowdyRandi - 59 days ago
1morefor4 i have my nt u/s tomorrow. I thought it had to be done between 11 &13 wks

1morefor4 - 59 days ago
i'm one of those so-called lucky women who within year loses the pregnancy weight. but being naturally underweight makes it suck that I can't keep at least 10 of the 30+ pregnancy pounds just so I don't have to hear how my bmi is considered too low and unhealthy. but i'm just genetically built that way. nothing I can do about it. anyway on another topic I have another midwife appointment on the 1st when i'll be 13 weeks and my NT scan on the 8th when i'll be 14 weeks. i'm hoping next week that she will try to use the Doppler so I can hear this baby's heartbeat. I've already seen it on two u/s but still haven't heard it and I really want to hear that little swooshing sound.

LittleAussieChick - 59 days ago
RowdiRandy - You made me laugh at the chocolate comment. I need your friends!! I have many mates who have resumed pre preggo weight within the first year of giving birth...darn those friends! hahaa

RowdyRandi - 60 days ago
I don't know anyone that gets back to their pre pregnancy weight. Most stay 10-20 lbs heavier forever. I'm still 20 lbs heavier than my weight before first pregnancy. I have a cousin who runs everyday and still has never gotten back her pre children size lol. So don't sweat it kekea just as long as u get back to a size that's comfortable for u. or you can be like me and say screw it i'll just be fat cuz i love chocolate and hate running haha

kekea - 61 days ago
Lol. Rowdyrandi enjoy it while it last. I have to do better because I really can't afford to gain to much. I have the hardest time going back to my regular size

RowdyRandi - 61 days ago
I actually haven't been trying. I don't understand it i eat horribly. I'm a total pig lol. Guess it'll catch up next trimester. Most likely i'll gain more than I'm supposed to. I'm overweight so losing a little prob won't hurt

kekea - 61 days ago
Rowdyrandy I'm trying to loose some weight. Lol. Gained 7 lbs already

RowdyRandi - 62 days ago
Saw dr today found heartbeat first try. It was 164

RowdyRandi - 62 days ago
So has anyone else lost weight? I've lost 3 lbs thus far

kekea - 64 days ago
Congrats ladies!!!

lanaela - 65 days ago
Well got my gender test/ chromosomal abnormalities results ack... And it's low risk baby boy.. Woohoo one of each!

mamalira - 65 days ago
Got to hear heart tones yesterday! 140bpm!!

kekea - 68 days ago
Welcome mamalira, we are moving right along I have an appointment with the specialist and I get another ultrasound on the 30th. I will be 14 weeks then. I have never had so many ultra sounds . .. I'm still on the fence about whether to find out the sex of the baby...

mamalira - 69 days ago
Glad to be in week 12. I can't wait until Thursday I have my second appointment and will get to hear a heart rate! I haven't heard one yet and my symptoms are subsiding so I am trying not to freak out!

kekea - 71 days ago
Hello week 12. I hope everyone is feeling and doing great!!!

holz8519 - 78 days ago
texasmamaof5 I had all day nausea till about 11 weeks only got sick twice though it was miserable there was just no relief but the past week I've been feeling much better.

texasmamaof5 - 79 days ago
Am I only one experiencing horrible all day sickness? This is the absolute worst I've ever experienced and I've had four kids! I puke so much and always feel sick. I'm so miserable.

jamie86 - 81 days ago
Holz I got the 11th and will be 14 weeks so hoping I'll get a good guess too.



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