from me …
Yeah, no improvement. I know there’s still a week left in the first trimester, but my heavens, PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK! I’m so sick of feeling sick! I can handle the vomiting (Which, by the way, has picked up quite a bit in frequency this week. Argh.), just please let this feeling in my stomach and taste in my mouth move on. I’ve had quite enough. I did have 3 good days, and I loved every second of them. And I have stopped taking the vitamin B6, Unisom and Dramamine, so I guess it would be fair to say that there has been some improvement. Unfortunately, I feel worse than I did on the pill cocktail, but I don’t feel bad enough to justify taking them again.
On a more fun note, I got to tell two more people today! With the first, I was discussing wanting to order Chinese for lunch with her and another co-worker. I told her, “Today, <coworker>, I need Chinese. Last night, I needed Mexican. It’s not me making these demands, <coworker>. It’s not me.” Um hmm, she knew right away. Yay! The second is an absolute sweetheart who works for a sister company. She came over to ask me a question, and somehow she ended up asking, “Are you thinking about it anytime soon?” After a co-worker had walked by, I whispered to her, “Shhh, I’m 12 weeks!” He he!
Your pregnancy: 12 weeks
How your baby’s growing:
The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.
Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
stats @ 12 weeks:
Your baby is, by this time, the size of a lime and weighs 1/2 ounce. (Length: just over 2 inches, head to bottom.)
Week 12 of Pregnancy: Fetal Organs and Systems
Most of your baby’s systems are fully formed, and if you haven’t already, it’s likely that you’ll finally hear your baby’s heartbeat at this month’s checkup! Your developing fetus now has a crown-to-rump length of about two and a half inches (the size of a large plum).
This week marks a turning point for your baby. The herculean task of developing new bodily structures is nearing an end as most of your baby’s systems are fully formed. Now comes the maintenance phase, during which your fetus’ systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work.
Your little fetus weighs as much as half an ounce now, and the crown-to-rump length is about two and a half inches (the size of a large plum — busily working his or her way through the whole produce department). It’s hard to believe (especially from the outside, since you’re probably barely showing at this point), but your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks. And that’s just on the outside — there’s plenty going on inside too. The fetal digestive system is beginning to flex its digestive muscle — literally — as it starts practicing contraction movements, a skill your baby will need after birth to push food through the digestive tract. The pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing hormones. And the bone marrow is making white blood cells, which will one day help your baby fight infection (including all those germs passed around the snot-nosed playgroup).