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Your little one

Week 12 is a fabulous milestone week for both baby and mum. Now around 6cm in length and weighing 10-14 grams, your little one’s unique facial features are starting to take shape and he or she is about the size of a plum.

The organs are beginning to function like clockwork, the kidneys are secreting urine in the bladder, and even though you can’t feel it, your little plum is very active too – it might even be sucking its thumb.

This is the time when the eyes move closer together, the ears find their correct place on the sides of the head, and when your little one’s face starts to look more like a person ... who will it look like, daddy or you? You will also have your nuchal translucency between now and week 13 and it will also give you another chance to get some cute little photos of your bub for your fridge! This test is not compulsory, so remember to talk to your doctor about your options.

How are you?

You might have already had a sneak peek of your beautiful baby at your 12-week scan, so don’t forget to share your scan photos on Karimums. This is called the nuchal translucency scan, which happens at 12-13 weeks, and is a screening test for congenital abnormalities. It involves measuring the skin fold at the back of baby’s neck. The results are calculated using the scan, a blood test and your age. The results give you a level of risk for congenital abnormalities such as downs syndrome.

By week 12 you might be close to telling your family and friends, which is just as well – you’ll probably start to show soon! Around now, your uterus rises and grows out of the pelvis, creating that beautiful baby bump of yours. And if you haven’t already, very soon you’ll be booking into your hospital. Don’t forget to take all your blood test results and any ultrasounds you may have had so far.

Are you looking forward to your second trimester? This is said to be your most comfortable term, when your nausea more than likely passes, you get your appetite back and you tend to feel lots more energetic!

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