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Your little one

Can you believe your little one will grow as much this week as it has in the last 11? The placenta compensates for this rapid growth by developing more blood vessels to give extra nourishment.

It’s now around 4cm, about the size of a lime, and its head is now half of its body length, which shows you just how much brain growth is going on.

It can suck, yawn, swallow amniotic fluid and urinate - yes, your bub is growing up! And while you probably still can’t feel movement, rest assured you have quite the little swimmer kicking and stretching out inside.

Now that its fingers and toes have fully separated, it’ll soon be able to open and close its fists, waving you hello!

How are you?

Are you getting enough folate? Otherwise known as folic acid, this vitamin plays a very important role in your baby’s growth and development, but it can be hard to get enough from food alone ... during pregnancy, the recommended intake is equal to 18 cups of spinach a day! Found in cereals, bananas and green leafy vegetables, it helps to promote healthy blood cells too. Read our list of foods high in folate on Karimums and add them into your pregnancy diet. And don’t forget it is recommended you take a supplement containing folate to ensure you are meeting your needs.

If you’ve noticed a dark line of pigment from your belly button all the way down there, don’t worry - this is called the linea nigra, which is caused by hormonal changes and is common around now.

Can you believe week 12 is just around the corner? Check our ultrasound schedule to find out about yours and baby’s upcoming meeting!

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