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Updated 21 November 2014

Week 12: 28 weeks to go!

Your may start to show and you can listen to your little one's heartbeat.

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What is happening to your baby:

  • Your baby weighs about 14 grams.
  • Your baby now has reflexes.
  • Heartbeat can be heard. The heart rate is about 160 beats per minute.
  • The placenta has taken over hormone production.
  • The kidneys have started to produce and secrete urine.
  • The taste buds have formed.
  • The ribs and vertebrae have begun to ossify.

What is happening to you:

  • Your stomach may begin to round a bit and you may start “showing”.
  • Fatigue and nausea should be decreasing.
  • The linea nigra (black line running down the centre of your abdomen) may appear.
  • Your uterus has risen above your pelvis. You therefore don’t have to run to the toilet so often!

What to do:

  • Don’t try to diet if you are worried about gaining weight. Make sure that you follow a healthy, balanced diet. You will need to increase your calorie intake by 300-500 calories. 
  • Listen to your baby’s heartbeat!
  • Remember to go for your 11-13 week check-up (see Week 11).

 
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