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Week 12: Your Uterus is a soft ball now

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Topic Week 12: Your Uterus is a soft ball now

Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:20 pm

Fetal development in pregnancy week 12:


fetus in third month
Even though your little Einstein’s body is still growing quite rapidly
2 inches long right now, the overall super-speedy growth of their
amazing brain continues to leave the head proportionately larger than
the body— and is actually slightly more than one third of their total
body mass! The head and neck are still straightening at this point as
can be seen by their little chin lifting off of the chest. Your baby is
also actively rehearsing “breathing” by using amniotic fluid to prepare
the lungs for future air respiration.The big news: your little
pooper is now officially going to need diapers! Although a majority of
the waste produced is transferred to the mother’s system for discharge
(to avoid having it linger in the amniotic sac), some urine is released
to the amniotic fluid and your baby will actually breathe it in before
it passing it on to your for discharge. Not to worry, urine--in this
particular form, is completely harmless to your baby.

And how's mom doing?

Logically, as your baby is growing
bigger, so must your uterus. By now, your once-flat and relatively
small uterus is stretched to the size of a softball (12-14 cm), but
that’s nothing: by the time you deliver it will have grown to 15 – 17
inches (37 – 42 cm). Your uterus is slowly increasing at a Your uterus is slowly increasing at a rate of approximately one centimeter per week
rate of approximately one centimeter per week. If you've got a burning
sensation that extends from your breastbone to your throat, you've got
heart burn or acid indigestion. To lessen this unpleasant experience:
eat smaller meals and avoid fried, spicy, and fatty foods. Otherwise,
there's always TUMS, but check with your healthcare provider firstAs
your pregnancy becomes more physically visible, you’ll have to adjust
to people asking you when you’re due and giving lots of unsolicited
advice from women who’ve “been there.” Additionally, this is probably
the right time to share your pregnancy news (if you haven’t already)
with close family and friends and anyone you want to have involved in
your pregnancy. Allowing your friends and family to have role in your
pregnancy encourages participation and support for the future—when
you’re really going to need it!
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