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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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charcharsuperstar - 2 days ago
ShireeT I am here ! 12 weeks today, whoot whoot ! I am def feeling a little better, though like clockwork, every afternoon at about 1pm i start to feel a little nauseous.

ShireeT - 5 days ago
*crickets chirping* - 13 days ago
Fly bear, I get back pain from time to time. I also feel pain and discomfort in my stomach too on and off. To help ease it I like to take long hot showers. The pain and discomforts tend to be noticeable towards the late afternoon/early evening time frame. The pain seems to stem from my stomach feeling heavy. I have a definite pregnancy bump and it seems like my body and limbs is trying to get used to carrying around the extra load. Back massages also help to relieve pain and to relax me.

flybear - 15 days ago
Does anyone else have mid back pain? - 18 days ago
liltyke7, congratulations! I have one son and it's a big difference with him and my girls. There is something special about little boys. My son is the middle child but yet he still clings to me. He is constantly giving me hugs and kisses always wants to be in the same room as me....I love it because my girls always want to be next to their dad.

liltyke7 - 20 days ago
Last day of week 12!! Just found out yesterday through blood test that it is a boy!! we have 2 girls (6 and 3) so this is so awesome. we were shocked when we found out! - 26 days ago
12 weeks today =) .

summerhope - 37 days ago
Just had my 12 week scan and bounced from 11+6 to 12+3 woohoo 😁 hope everyone is doing well....if there is actually anyone out there!

loralb - 41 days ago
Still sick? Whaaaat?! When will it end? Hopefully not after childbirth:(

loralb - 46 days ago
I didnt know it was possible to be this excited about moving into week 12! I have been so sick and tired that i hope this week fixes most of that. I cooked dinner tonight without dry-heaves or puking so i know I'm getting there. My heart burn is worse now than i have ever experienced too. But, i am happy to be in week 12 with a decreased chance of miscarriage and for the holidays. Hang in there friends.

sleepymom - 51 days ago
moving to 13 weeks, will comment back on that page

Doda - 53 days ago
Also, just booked my ultrasound, the anatomy one which is supposed to be at 18-20 weeks and they misbooked me for the 23 or December (I'll only be 16 weeks but they made the mistake not me) so I'm going to keep the appointment and if I'm lucky will find out gender right before Christmas!!! :)

Doda - 53 days ago
ptdaddy, go to your profile (link at the top of this page) and then go to the link Change account settings then you'll be able to change your username. sleepymom, I've had 3 natural vaginal births. Did get some dilaudid for the first one (which didn't do anything FYI) but nothing else. Planning on the same with this one if I can. What about you? - 53 days ago
So excited to be 12 weeks!! With my last one I made it to 11 weeks and started bleeding. I am so thankful all is going well this time!! HAHAHA and how do I cange my email to my user name this is my husbands email lol!!

happywoman84 - 54 days ago
Sleepymom, I thank god I don't get or catch any cold at all, dublin is frosty every night while I'm from tropical country person. I hope u get better very soon, do u take any medicine? I had my migraine kicked me few days ago, used to take my panadol pill but can't do that now. Wow night shift 😁 I hope u really really take good care yourself and preparing it well. I had my first scan yesterday, the baby is very healthy and bouncing around 😊 This is my second pregnancy, my first one was in 2005 I gave a birth to a lovely son, yes long gap I know.. An di gave a birth natural. My mom said, since it's been long time u didn't get pregnant the paint will be as hardcore as the first one, she didn't help at all 😝 What about u? Btw yesterday was my last week of 12 weeks, I'm now moving into 13weeks, I'll see u there sleepymom 😊

sleepymom - 54 days ago
Happywoman, I am good, finally getting some energy back but still fighting off the kids' cold. I have to work some night shifts this week so hopefully it won't impact how long it takes to fight the cold off if I get run down again. Do you have other children? What are you planning to do for this birth? c-section or natural? How did your ultrasound go?

sleepymom - 54 days ago
Doda-that was a cute way to announce your pregnancy on Facebook. great idea. too funny about your dates. Just curious for your other pregnancies were they natural births or c-sections and what are you planning to do this time.

happywoman84 - 54 days ago
Hello sleepymom, I'm doing ok.. Feeling a bit better the nausea is reducing slowly which im happy with that, I love sniffing cajuputi oil every time I feel sick, it helps a lot 😊 Tomorrow is my first scan and ultrasound, I'm nervous, excited and happy become one. Hope everything goes well. How r u sleepy mom?

happywoman84 - 56 days ago
Hello sleepymom, I'm doing ok.. Feeling a bit better the nausea is reducing slowly which im happy with that, I love sniffing cajuputi oil every time I feel sick, it helps a lot 😊 Tomorrow is my first scan and ultrasound, I'm nervous, excited and happy become one. Hope everything goes well. How r u sleepy mom?

doda - 56 days ago
Hey sleepymom! So funny that the doctor moved your date, mine did too! I thought mine was June 14th and now he changed it to June 8th!! So now I get to move ahead first! haha ;) So I decided to announce it on FB by putting all my kids in the kitchen by the oven, one was mixing in a bowl, one had an oven mit, and one had a cupcake pan, I snapped a few cute pictures, one of them all sitting on the counter. I put a caption that said, well I figured since the first three came out perfect it was time to 'bake' another one :)

sleepymom - 58 days ago
Yay 12 weeks! Hi happy woman how r u feeling these days. I have been dealing with two feverish and coughing kids For the week but thankfully their colds seem to be getting bit better. I am good but,naturally, I have caught their cold again. Second one in a month and a half. Jeez. I must be run down.

happywoman84 - 60 days ago
Yaaiiii 12 weeks this day 😊

kristinaa - 94 days ago
mamaford -- I'm still here. Trying to fight the weight gain a little w/ exercise. Since I finally got my energy back this week, I celebrated w/ a beautiful 4 mile run last night.

mamaford77 - 97 days ago
Where is everybody??? I am about 12 1/2 weeks now, getting crazy large with baby #6! Can't wait to hit the second trimester!!!

babylove5 - 115 days ago
Mandy I can understand. I wanted another child but wasn't expecting to get pregnant so soon. I started having odd thoughts. I wasn't sure I would have time for another baby. I also thought maybe 5 was to many but I had to accept that it was meant to be. Now that I have accepted it I feel much better. It's hard having any thoughts except being excited, but that's life. The most important thing for a child is love.

sher-baby - 115 days ago
mandykat760 - Im sorry your having a hard time feeling happy!! my second pregnancy happened while i was on b/c and i was in an awkward place; not happy but not fully unhappy (it was weird) that preg. ended in a m/c and even tho it wasn't planned, i found myself soo upset and feeling like i did something wrong or maybe it was a 'mind over matter' thing and my neg thoughts may have had something to do with it. this time around as much as the preg was about 75% planned (ntnp)im in a weird place again because 4 days after getting my BFP, i unexpectedly lost my job. now im left kind of feeling like 'maybe im being selfish by continuing the preg.' or 'maybe im being irresponsible for continuing knowing i dont have a job!' i am happy about my preg. but these thoughts still linger in my mind and i struggle to fully accept that im making the right decision and to be wholeheartedly happy with my decision. i guess my point in all of this is that 'maybe' things really do happen when there (or their) suppose to happen...some times just rolling with the punches and trying to smile through a storm is the only option we have and maybe try to make the best of it. I'm sorry if that didn't really help, i just figured id share with you how i have to force myself to think sometimes.

sher-baby - 115 days ago
i had my 2nd prenatal appt today and i gained 5.5lbs in 4 weeks (eeek!!) everything went well, the dr. and i only heard the babys HB for about 5 sec. but were both not concerned as it was picked up by my u/s on Tuesday plus. i've heard it with my doppler at home. my next appt is with my OB on the 29th and time is just flying!!..a little too fast. as of yesterday, i have deff felt better and more like myself. like i can actually be productive, instead of forcing myself to be...and dragging my feet to do everything. its feeling good to be me again!! and im comfy in my mat jeans! LOL

mandykat760 - 116 days ago
This is a very unplanned pregnacy for me, got pregnant w/ an IUD. I'm having a hard time being happy about it. Any tips?

Preciousgift2 - 116 days ago
Hi moms, I am from from week 10, will be 11 tomorrow and I have decided to join this group here, its so lively unlike where I am coming from...Its good for some of you who are getting over the morning sickness, It is quite frustrating for me, my mouth is so sour and the excess saliva is driving me crazy. Unfortunately, I have to force myself to swallow it down because my sister told me if I give in to the urge to spit it out it will not stop and might go on for the rest of the pregnancy. I don't know if there is any real science to it but for the sake of being safe for now I will continue swallowing it down!

sher-baby - 116 days ago
That's what me an DH were thinking but it kind of hard to tell from these u/s. But yes very cute and I'm hoping things are developing perfectly

babylove5 - 116 days ago
Sher the baby looks like it's sucking its thumb! Soo cute!

emefa - 116 days ago
Thank goodness,my morning sickness is going,being a teacher ,i can't communicate with my pupils cos of this n I don't want my boss to know my condition now.even though am NT showing,a man actually told me I'm pregnant I was shocked

lexy-b - 116 days ago
I am in that that annoying in between stage where my mat clothes are too big & my normal clothes are way too tight. I have been wearing my mat pants but am constantly pulling them up lol. I am getting to the point where I might go buy a couple smaller pairs of mat pants just to tie me over.

mandykat760 - 117 days ago
I've abandoned my old clothes already. Leggings and maternity jeans only. I'm already uncomfterble I don't need a zipper digging into me.

sher-baby - 117 days ago
Supama-it went great! I posted a pic on my profile!! I'm hoping that I'll find out if there's any abnormalities tomorrow..but it went well! The baby was really well behaved and stayed in the perfect position for it's measurements while he/she was waving at us! It was soo cute! I caved and had to buy maternity jeans yesterday. I too can't seem to button up my pants as soon as I eat something..

supama - 117 days ago
Sherbaby, how'd it go today? I dont go bk to dr for 2 wks. So, i tarted bk to work this week & sheesh ive been asleep by 8pm on the couch. At least the morning sickness is gone, now im just hungry, lol. I feel like i popped overnight & can barely button my pants by lunchtime.

sher-baby - 118 days ago
I don't know if it's just me but I already feel huge!!...these next 28weeks are going to be rough on me!! I feel like I already waddle because my back hurts and cracks a lot when I sit or stand for too long!!

sher-baby - 119 days ago
Maryamz- from what I understand, even tho at this point our babies know what they are, if we were to look on an ultrasound, both male and female genitalia look very similar early on. I think most dr. Recommend a more accurate gender scan After week 15ish...but obviously the later u wait, the more accurate it will be.

maryamz - 119 days ago
Can't wait for the gender scan! How soon can I find out?

sher-baby - 119 days ago
Good luck in week 13!! We'll be there soon....I have an u/s Tuesday morning. Hopefully things look good and my lil bean is healthy. I've be able to get a fetal HR over the last few days...pretty steady between 155-160bpm!! So it soulds promising.

babylove5 - 120 days ago
Machala I don't have it bad this pregnancy. With my first I did and I drank coffee which helped a lot. Today is my last day in week 12! Next week is my ultrasound. I cant wait to have one to see the gender!

mandykat760 - 121 days ago
With both my girls I could only bf til 9 months. No matter what I did my milk wouldn't stay consistent enough. This time around I plan on pumping more so if I dry up at least I can provide breast milk.

sher-baby - 121 days ago
I've reached a pivotal moment in my underwear is getting too tight and uncomfortable!

emefa - 121 days ago
Yea,me too,this excessive salivation is so disgusting,I try chewing gum n others bt it won't work,have to carry bottles too,just happy that everything is moving so quick and I'll be out of it soon

sher-baby - 121 days ago
Ya I agree! An it saves money, considering formula is highway robbery! I personally am not into the whole attachment patenting style or breast feeding until the child decides to stop..but If I could breast feed for 1yr, I'll be happy! But I think 1.5yrs would be my max. I had to start supplementing with my daughter because of my supply and not only did I hate buying it, but I really felt guilty for not being able to supply enough for her. Plus as a new mom, I was soo scared that she wasn't going to thrive so I almost felt pressured to supplement, but this time I'm going to insist on not supplementing and demand the milk from my body!

babylove5 - 122 days ago
It's great y'all are breastfeeding! It is so good for the mother with weight loss, reduce risk of breast cancer, and uterine contractions. The baby it helps with nutrition, and antibodies against any virus or cold. It's amazing that if one of your children is sick you produce the antibodies and pass them on to the baby. It's hard when the baby is first born to get them to nurse for a full 5 min on each breast, they fall asleep. I had to pump for a additional 5 min on each to relieve the pressure.

sher-baby - 122 days ago
Ugh! Well isn't that wonderful!! Lol hopefully the frequent pumping, oatmeal, and fenugreek does the trick. I've noticed this morning that I get some cramping when I lay flat on my stomach...which sucks cuz I'm a side/stomach sleeper! *sigh*

mandykat760 - 122 days ago
Milk maid tea is gross but I still drank it. It keeps your milk up.

sher-baby - 122 days ago
Supermom-that's great news. Hopefully day by day the stress can star to subside and u can enjoy ur pregnancy. Babylove- that's funny, I had planned on starting everyday with oatmeal and fenugreek. And hopefully pump for at least 10mins after nursing. I never thought to bring my pump to the hospital with my daughter but this time, I Forsure will!!! I'm going to try this method and see how it works, if I feel it's not working I think I'll introduce brewers yeast and basil oil. Any one ever tried mothers milk tea?? I heard it taste like junk!!!

supermom87 - 122 days ago
I went in today doc said my lol sweet pea has a very strong heart beat for 12weeks I see a specialist October 2nd then back to my on October 24 I'm excited and nervous I find myself smiling alot more and thinking of baby names so I hope that is a good sign so tired of being stressed

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