Pregnancy Weeks 9-12

During the third month of pregnancy (weeks 9-12) many women notice reducement in unpleasant physical symptoms (such as constant tiredness and bouts of morning sickness). Although the pregnancy is not outwardly noticeable, your jeans may start feeling tight (especially for women who are carrying a second or third child – their pregnancy becomes noticeable earlier). Although throughout the first trimester, you feel yourself pregnant, you may feel that you’re not getting the sympathy and attention that you would like from those around you. This is because your body is still hiding from others the miracle that is taking place inside. In this post you will find information on the development of your baby and yourself during pregnancy weeks 9-12, or the third month of pregnancy.

You might also like to read on about weeks 1-4 and weeks 5-8.

Pregnancy Week 9

The length of the embryo from head to tailbone is from 2.30 to 3 cm, it is approximately the size of a strawberry. Hens and legs become longer, fingers swell a little in places where fingertips will be formed. The head starts to move into a vertical position, and the neck continues developing. The child is already moving their body and limbs. This movement can be seen with the help of an ultrasound scan. Hwever, you still not be able to feel it yet.

Your uterus continues to grow, and your waist increases. However, there are still no signs of pregnancy externally, others will not notice the changes. You may find you’re putting on a slight increase in weight, if at all. In addition, you may still have certain aversions and/or cravings for certain foods, heartburn, indigestion, nausea and bloating. Mood swings are also common during this period. this tearfulness can be likened to that which takes place during PMS.

Tip for this week: Increase your calcium-fortified foods (such as cheese, sardines, and broccoli), in order to provide enough calcium for your baby to form bones and teeth.

Pregnancy Week 10

Congratulations! From this moment on, your child is called a “fetus”. Your little one now around 3.2–4.3 cm from head to tailbone. His weight is about 6 g. The eyes of the your baby are now fully covered with skin, which will soon turn into eyelids. It should be noted that the decisive period in terms of the physical development of the fetus is over, since all possible physical deviations are formed by the 10th week. However, the mental development of the fetus continues throughout pregnancy.

As pertaining to the mother, you may notice that your stomach is now slightly portruding. Perhaps you are starting to wear spacious clothes. You may have already started to look for models of clothes for pregnant women, although it may not be urgent. Also, fatigue and mood swings may still be a part of your daily routine.  Don’t worry though, these symptoms will soon go away.

You may be suggested to take a prenatal tests that help determine the presence of certain birth defects. These tests are usually performed between the 10th and 12th weeks of pregnancy.

Pregnancy Week 11

The size of your child is now 4.5‑6.0 cm from head to tailbone – about the size of a lemon, its weight – about 9 g. Now you can hear the sound of the heartbeat of your baby with a Doppler stethoscope. You may also be directed to an ultrasound scan at your first doctor’s meeting. Your child’s nails and genitals  are acquireing distinct outlines, and he now has the swallowing reflex. He is also beginning to actively move his limbs, although you can’t really feel this yet.

Your uterus has been continuously growing and now has reached such a size that it fills your pelvic region and can be felt in your lower abdomen. You may also observe changes happening with your hair, nails and skin.

During your pregnancy don’t not forget about oral hygiene. You should regularly brush your teeth and floss. You may notice your gums bleed more and your blood volume increase. These are results of hormonal changes and imbalances.

Pregnancy Week 12

The size of your child is now more than 6 cm from head to tailbone, their weight around 9‑15 g. Your baby now has fully formed, now its main task is growth and development. Starting from after this week, the risk of miscarriage has significantly reduced. This is because one of the most important periods for the development of the baby have passed.

In terms of the mother, you may have notice gradually returning energy and strength. From time to time, headaches, dizziness and weakness may occur, which are caused by hormonal imbalances. If you are pregnant for the first time, you may still be wearing your own spacious clothes. In contrast, if this isn’t your first time carrying a baby, your tummy will grow faster, and you will most likely start to wear pregnancy clothes earlier. At this point you will have gained around 1.2-2 kg.

Future fathers may also experience symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea, abdominal pain, changes in appetite, weight gain, when their partner is in the third month of pregnancy or giving birth.

Many women also develop stretch marks on the abdomen, chest, thighs and buttocks. They do not disappear after childbirth, however, they become slightly smoother: it depends on the natural elasticity of your skin. The solution to this problem can gaining body weight slowly and gradually, allowing your growing belly skin to catch up. In general, not gaining too much excessive weight throughout your whole pregnancy can help in avoiding too many stretch marks.

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