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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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kristinaa - 31 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 - 33 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 - 51 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 - 52 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 - 52 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 - 52 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 - 52 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 - 52 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 - 52 days ago
Sher the baby looks like it's sucking its thumb! Soo cute!

emefa - 52 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 - 52 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 - 53 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 - 53 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 - 53 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.

machala-b - 54 days ago
Babylove I may just have to buckle down n try the coffee cause this is driving me

sher-baby - 54 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 - 55 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 - 55 days ago
Can't wait for the gender scan! How soon can I find out?

sher-baby - 55 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 - 56 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 - 57 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.

machala-b - 57 days ago
Emefa- yea I've tried gum, hard Candy's and lemons with salt..non of it helped. I saw a thread online that says dry coffee under tour tongue will help, I haven't tried it and don't know if I

sher-baby - 57 days ago
I've reached a pivotal moment in my underwear is getting too tight and uncomfortable!

emefa - 57 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

machala-b - 57 days ago
Hey ladies,I'm never really on here, I was wondering if any of you are having excess saliva. I've been had it bad since about 7 weeks to the point I have to carry a spit bottle with me, disgusting I know.. My Dr said its nothing I can do about it..its driving me crazy..

sher-baby - 58 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 - 58 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 - 58 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 - 58 days ago
Milk maid tea is gross but I still drank it. It keeps your milk up.

sher-baby - 58 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 - 58 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

babylove5 - 58 days ago
I forgot to mention you will still lose weight even with the extra calories.

babylove5 - 58 days ago
Lexy I have days I think the rough part is over then it hits me again. Sher you can take fenugreek but the best thing is at least two bowls of oatmeal w a lil extra water. Make sure that you eat at least 400 extra calories or your milk supply won't be good. You will be burning a lot of extra calories breast feeding and you have to eat well. Plus be consistent with how often you breast feed or it will slow down.

pumpkinfairy - 58 days ago
hey ladies, I see some of us still have on /off ms, I have days where I can eat really well, and other days my gag reflex says no food lol, luckily I have not thrown up at all. I go for a level 2 ultrasound and harmony test on wednesday, yes I will be asking for gender also just so I can prepare ahead of time, I am extremely high risk, due to my age, and a heart condition, blood clotting disorder, diabetes type 2, among a few other issues, glad to have you ladies to vent to and be by my side. :) hope you all are doing well

lexy-b - 59 days ago
Happy 12 weeks ladies! Is anyone else starting to get their energy back? I think this is the first week since I found out I was pregnant that I was able to stay up past 9pm lol.

sher-baby - 59 days ago
ok so ladies, i'm jumping ship! i hope you don't mind...11 weeks is sooo quiet and i'm 12 weeks on Saturday. im sorry you ladies are feeling soo crappy. i deff have my days were i feel like royal caca...but i guess this pregnancy has treated me ok. ive been youtube'ing a lot of videos on how to increase milk supply and i have a few ideas i think i will try, but do any of you ladies have any tips?? i was only able to breast feed/pump with my daughter for 6 months, so i deff did something wrong. this time around i want to be able to get a stash in the freezer so i can provide breast milk hopefully past 1 year

supermom87 - 59 days ago
I'm staying nauseated I throw up once in blue moon now tho and I've had diarrhea sorry tmi and I stay dizzy and loss of appetite lately then I have everyone at work asking me how far along I am and do I know what I am having and they rub my belly so yeah that makes me feel huge already

shellybelly81 - 59 days ago
week 12... still throwing up :(

babylove5 - 59 days ago
Klaw I know sometimes it seems fast. We are already in our 3 rd month 2 more and it's halfway over. I want to enjoy this pregnancy but it's kicking my butt w the nausea. I really enjoyed my second and third. My fourth I did until I hit 39 weeks and I was sooo uncomfortable. I would like to join the Facebook group to keep up but can you make it private. I haven't told yet since I moved and my family is drama.

klawest2 - 59 days ago
Floydianslip2 glad I'm not alone!! If you ladies haven't join the Facebook group, please do it! Conversation is starting to pick up as more people join and we share baby bump pics and such :) 13w tomorrow and struggling with a limited wardrobe. Hate this stage that just makes you feel like you've gained weight. Can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going. I often forget it's even happening. Only a month and a half until I find out gender?! Crazy!

supermom87 - 59 days ago
Hi ladies glad to see week 12 hope everyone is doing well

BethQ - 60 days ago
Babylove-- I'm almost to 13 and in the same boat. Some days I'm good. Some days I just want to nap all day, which is impossible with 3 other kids running around.

babylove5 - 61 days ago
Well now that I am 12 weeks I am still on this roller coaster ride of nausea! I will be fine a couple of days and then it hits me that horrible feeling of throwing up. I will be glad when my hormones finally hit a peak.

floydianslip2 - 62 days ago
Klawest, I feel the same way you do, only I’m scared of having a girl. I already have two boys, so I feel like I just wouldn’t know what to do with a girl! I don’t know, I go back and forth on my preference, I just can’t wait to find out what it is already! Halesss, good to see you back! It has definitely been quiet. BethQ, hang in there, you’ll feel better soon! I was hoping that at 12 weeks a switch would flip and I’d instantly feel better. What I’m noticing is that I have full days now where I feel completely human again, and other days that I feel horrible all day long. I think that the end of these sick days is definitely in sight!

klawest2 - 62 days ago
I was 12w on Friday! Starting to feel a bit better although I got hit with a horrible cold and it's knocked me out pretty bad. Sickness is always worse for me when pregnant. We told everyone at 10w. I had an ultra sound at 6w and they had a heartbeat already. I was starting to show so it felt safe. Heartbeat again with dopler at 11w. Exciting! We are finding out what the gender is in November and I'm a little nervous. This is my second and probably last. I have a daughter. Boy kinda scares me because I'm not sure I know how to do boy! I sew a lot for my daughter, blankets, clothes, toys etc. I'm so used to putting ruffles on everything. . . I would prefer a girl so my daughter has a sister.

halesss7410 - 62 days ago
We told everyone at 10 weeks only because I had a dr appt at 11 weeks and I needed a sitter for my youngest:) it's nice to tell, but I'm glad I kept it my secret for a while. My clothes are snug too, but I'm still anxious for my belly to really look pregnant. This is #3 for me- I have a bump it's just low.

BethQ - 62 days ago
Oh, and this is baby #4, and I'm already rocking loose clothes and yoga pants. Anything that buttons is way too tight.

BethQ - 62 days ago
12 weeks today! I was hoping reaching this magical point would start bringing about feeling better, but nope, still nauseous. Thankful I haven't thrown up, but it's a close call every single day yet. We're finally going to tell our families this week. Feels good, I'm ready to not keep it quiet! Anyone else telling people yet?

halesss7410 - 63 days ago
Sorry ladies, it took a while to get back into my acct. it sure is quiet! I'm actually feeling good today- I feel like the worst is over:) yay! I just have to watch what I eat (spaghetti sauce) in access because I feel so yucky when I'm super full. How is everyone else? I use my Doppler for about 1 min a day and right when I put it to my stomach you can hear baby kicking like crazy! So awesome. I'll be 13 wks Tuesday- then drs appt two weeks after that-,wow! My belly is noticeable too (this is my 3rd baby). I did get a little nervous a few days ago though after hearing stories of loss. I try not to think about it though. I hope y'all are doing well! Try to get on more often!

mommylh - 65 days ago
Floyian - I'm not really feeling pregnant as all my symptoms have tapered off and I just feel 'normal' but the one thing is I am visibly pregnant now. I'm wearing black and long scarfs to hide it as we just aren't wanting to tell people yet. I can still fit my pants fine as long as they are low waist, but I've broken into the mat shirts because everything was just getting too tight.

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