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Week 12

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6 cm

The good news is that you’re almost at the end of the first trimester. Symptoms like morning sickness and dizzy spells should ease up. If you haven’t told family and friends about your little secret, you might want to share your news now.


Your baby is now around 6cm in length. Their face is beginning to look more human; their eyes have moved closer together and their ears have taken up position on either side of their head.

Hair is beginning to grow and fingers and toes have soft nails, while their mouth has developed 20 small buds which will become baby teeth. At week 12 some babies are able to suck their thumb and are generally much more active. The vocal cords are complete, but will not be used until birth.

Very soon you may start to show; around now your uterus grows out of your pelvis and rises above your pubic bone. From then on, it will grow into your abdomen, creating your bump. For many, it’s at this stage that pregnancy starts to feel more real; 12 weeks is often the time when mums choose to let everyone know.

By the time you reach nine months your growing uterus will weigh up to 900g (compared to roughly 70g before you became pregnant) but it will soon return to its pre-pregnancy size within weeks of the birth.

Click here to read about fetal development >>

If you’ve got any questions about your pregnancy as you’re going into your second trimester, our Careline team is here to help you find the answers. Give us a call on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries)

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