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12 Weeks Pregnant - Trimester 1

You’re coming to the end of your first trimester. Congratulations! Read more about this week.

3 mins to read May 29, 2018


As your first trimester is coming to a close, you can now see the face of your baby. And frankly, what a gorgeous face it is! Bone marrow is producing its own blood cells, but the liver and spleen (which makes red blood cells) will make most of the blood cells until right around birth. After birth, it will continue this exclusive role during the entire life of your child. If your baby is a boy, his penis is already apparent and visible on ultrasound. If you want to wait until he or she is born to know whether you’re having a son or a daughter, make sure you let everyone know so they don’t spoil the surprise.


Good news – the end of the first trimester is when most mothers-to-be report their nausea disappearing. Second great news – if you have been dying to feel the baby move, it generally starts around the 4thmonth of your pregnancy. Don’t worry if it doesn’t happen immediately, especially if you are a first time mum. You just might not know what it feels like. It isn’t a huge earth-shaking sensation, more like light, butterfly-wings flapping inside you. When you do feel it, you can rub your belly to say hello right back!


Taking care of yourself and what you eat is more important than ever. The number one question that comes up is “do I need to eat for two?” No, pregnant mums don’t need to “eat for two”, meaning twice as much as they usually do. But you do need to choose high quality foods which contain all the important nutrients. Super-important for the development of the foetus is folic acid, found in leafy green veggies, and fortified breads.  In most cases, a supplement will help meet your folic acid needs. Basically, what’s good for your baby is good for you too.


Oh my goodness - twins!  Does this then mean eating for three?  No, not at all - a healthy balanced diet, rich in wholegrains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and dairy will help meet all your nutritional needs through pregnancy.  Your health care provider may be able to recommend a pregnancy supplement that will also help with your extra nutritional needs.  While you might get a little bigger than a single pregnancy.