Your Pregnancy At Week 12

Weight: 23g  Size: 5.4cm  Weeks Left: 28
In a nutshell
Goodbye first trimester, hello second!
Heartbeat can now be heard on an ultrasound
Eat for 1 and not 2!
Keep taking your antenatal vitamins

Your Body at Week 12

Welcome to the last week of your first trimester! Bet your glad that’s over, right? Symptoms like morning sickness may be slowly making an exit and that you might have more energy than previous weeks. Women say that the second trimester is usually a breeze, but as your baby and your bump grows bigger, it can mean other pregnancy related issues like back pain and sciatica might be making an entrance. If at all you feel like it gets too much, mention it to your midwife or GP for some medically trained advise.

Your Baby At Week 12 

Your baby is growing bigger as the weeks go on. That is what you want for a healthy baby. They can now open and close their fists and can make sucking movements with the muscles in their mouth.

Week 12 FAQ's

October 18, 2019

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Boy & Girl Name of the Week

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Recipe of the Week

Raw cacao energy bites
BABYGO Recipe of the Week
4.5 / 5
10 minutes
Serves 12
5 Ingreds


    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 1 cup almonds
    • Pasteurized feta
    • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavouring
    • 1 cup dates

Cooking Instructions

  1. With using a food processor add the walnuts, almonds and cocoa powder. Blend in short bursts until coarse.
  2. Add the vanilla flavouring and dates and belt in short bursts until the mixture is sticky and clumpy.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoons and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the mixture has been used.

Week 12 TODO's

  1. You may now just be finding it quite uncomfortable to sleep through the whole night. It’s a great time to start thinking about investing in a pregnancy support pillow.
  2. As you start to tell people your big secret, it is suggested before you tell your work friends that you do speak to your employer and let them know. They will be overjoyed for you and probably will want to know how you have held it in all this time!
  3. Writing a birth plan to present to your midwife is also a good idea, try to be flexible with what you want as anything can happen during labour, so as long as you and your baby are safe and healthy that is all that matters.

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From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Health information on this site is based on peer-reviewed medical journals and highly respected health organizations and institutions including ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists), CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), as well as the What to Expect books by Heidi Murkoff.

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