Hi guys, welcome back to another post, I hope you all had an amazing new year so far and beautiful holidays. You must be very excited if you reach 12 weeks, you are about to finish the first trimester, today the topic is going to be about your normal 12 week pregnancy and ultrasound.
So as usual on this article, you will find good info about your 12 week pregnancy plus how and what to expect on your 12 week Ultrasound, if you want to learn something cool today keep reading.
Things are changing rapidly at 12 weeks, your hormones are likely to tone things down a bit, hopefully making you feel better about your pregnancy symptoms. It also means you may be ready to share your pregnancy news with family and friends, finally the moment of truth.
How Big Is Baby at 12 Weeks?
At 12 weeks pregnant, the baby is as big as a Plum. The average fetus at 12 weeks is about 5.4 cm to 6.6 cm on the CRL measurement. Now at this point, your baby has all his or her important organs developed already, his or her main job is to keep on growing.
12 weeks pregnant symptoms.
As your hormones start to calm a bit, your morning sickness and fatigue may start to feel better as well, however headaches and dizziness may replace them. Here’s more info about what’s happening to your body at 12 weeks pregnant:
Headaches: These may start to intensify around week 12 of pregnancy. Headaches may be caused by hormonal shifts, drops in blood sugar, dehydration, lack of sleep, or stress. To deal with this pay attention to what might be triggering your headaches and try to avoid those things. If you notice a drastic increase in headaches or a type of headache you’ve never experienced before (such as a migraine), let your OB know.
Spotting: Spotting or bleeding during pregnancy at 12 weeks could be something or it could be nothing at all, it could be something as silly as a polyp in the cervix or a cyst in the ovary, the simple fact of having sex could cause light bleeding that’s harmless, however its always good to check, so If you’re experiencing spotting or bleeding, definitely tell your doctor. If the bleeding is accompanied by cramping or the flow is heavy then it can be serious, call your doctor right away.
Dizziness: Hormone shifts and blood pressure changes could cause dizziness at week 12. You can help prevent this symptom by snacking frequently and drinking plenty of water. if the dizziness doesn’t let you function or you start feeling other weird things let your doctor know.
Increased vaginal discharge: This clear discharge might seem gross to you, but it’s normal and has an important purpose, to protect your vagina from infection. But if you have yellow, greenish, pink, or brown discharge during pregnancy week 12, call your doctor immediately. Those colors could be a sign of infection or preterm labor.
As usual, I will link the most recent previous post down here in case you want to check them out.
And now the juicy stuff ” What to expect on your 12 week ultrasound scan”
We still perform this Ultrasound Transvaginally, starting with Mommy first then the baby.
Ultrasound image of the CRL, the measurement that we perform on the baby at this time.
Ultrasound image of a baby in which you can define clearly the profile view of the face, the body and the leg, how cute is that!!!!
The profile view of your baby’s face is becoming more clear and clear as they keeps growing!!!
Ultrasound image of your baby’s strong heartbeat, the normal beat expected to trace at this time is between 130 to 175 bpm.
I couldn’t resist to include another picture of the fetal profile, this picture is just precious!!!
Ultrasound image showing a defined hand.
As well as the legs are clearly defined at this point.
3D image of a 12 week baby, you can appreciate this picture, the baby’s head, arms, and legs, the insertion of the umbilical cord as well.
I receive a lot of questions about having 3D ultrasounds. Ultrasound, in general, is a very safe imaging technique for mom and baby and a valuable tool for the doctors to evaluate the development and growth of your baby. However, is not recommended to have more than 4 of these(3D or 4D) ultrasounds on the entire pregnancy, because intense sound waves are used, so is higher the amount of heat produced within the tissue on this type of ultrasounds. So is recommended to do it when is medically necessary, or not more than 2 times during the pregnancy, the best time to get the best pictures are between 26-32 weeks.
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Fetal development at 12 weeks!!!
*Baby at 12 weeks is opening and closing his or her fingers and curling toes. And baby’s brain is still developing fast!
*Baby’s now developing reflexes, you’ll likely see movement on ultrasounds.
*The fetus begins to produce thyroid hormones.
*The pancreas is beginning to make insulin, and the kidneys are starting to produce urine as well.
Already so this concludes this week post, by now you are probably done with the first round of genetic and chromosomal testing, you still should expect other labs on the doctors appointments, by now you are only required to visit your doctor once a month unless there is a medical condition that they need to monitor closely, as always thanks for reading my post, I will be talking to you next time.
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