Genius in the making!
You’re 12 weeks pregnant this week, which means that the tangerine sized baby growing inside of you is getting ready to be the smartest kid on the block! At this point in your pregnancy, your baby’s brain is developing rapidly, becoming more and more complex every day. Because of this, your baby now has reflexes! Now a squirmy little guy or gal, while 12 weeks pregnant, your baby can do all sorts of movements it couldn’t do before, like clench its fists and curl its toes. Your baby can and will move around and respond to pokes to your abdomen. Your baby’s development continues to be amazing – and the stunning changes have only just begun!
Double whammy: sick while pregnant…
Your prenatal appointments may be feeling pretty predictable at this point. Your doctor or midwife will examine you externally to make sure your uterus continues to grow, you’ll talk about pregnancy symptoms, and you will get to hear your new favorite sound – your baby’s heartbeat. You may also want to ask about flu shots. The flu can be dangerous to more vulnerable people, like the elderly, small children, and women who are pregnant. Getting any sort of illness is no fun when you’re pregnant. Even a little case of the sniffles feels ten times more miserable than before your pregnancy not that most over the counter cold medicines are not a good idea. All this in mind, getting a flu vaccine around the 12th week mark, especially during cold and flu season, may not be a bad idea. You may be dealing with your fair share of pregnancy symptoms and the last thing you need is a nasty flu on top of everything else! If you’re not sure, do some research about the pros and cons of the flu vaccine and bring your questions to your doctor or midwife.
If while 12 weeks pregnant, or later in your pregnancy you catch yourself catching a cold or flu, don’t count out every remedy. Natural food stores carry all sorts of natural remedies for just about anything that ails you. There are essential oils and plant based products that you probably have passed over on your way to the medicine aisle. You are possibly experiencing pregnancy symptoms, a stuffy nose and a sore throat are not something you’d like to add to the mix. Pregnancy is a very inconvenient time to be under the weather, but there are some things you can do to feel better. As usual, talk to your doctor or midwife if you’re not sure if something is safe enough to take during pregnancy, or if they think it may make any of your pregnancy symptoms, like headaches or nausea feel worse. If you have a slight fever, don’t stress. Do watch it though. If your fever reaches 103 degrees or higher, there could be potential harm to your baby. Prescription medicines are not always considered something to avoid during pregnancy. If your cold or flu persists severely for more than five days while 12 weeks pregnant, make an appointment with your family doctor. More than ever, when you find yourself ill, be extra good to yourself. An illness coupled with even mild pregnancy symptoms will make you more than a little sick.
If you’ve already perused the bookstore or library for books related to pregnancy and birth, chances are you were left feeling a little overwhelmed. Women have been pregnant since the beginning of time, so naturally a whole host of theories, methods and opinions are out there. The truth is that when it comes to pregnancy and birth, as long as your choices are healthy, safe and approved by your doctor or midwife, there really is no right or wrong answer. Some women prefer to go ahead with tests, such as an amniocentesis, which is a medical procedure performed to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities during your pregnancy. Some couples also opt for extra ultrasounds that may exceed what is covered on their insurance. Some couples opt to not find out the sex of their baby. You have birthing options as well. Who do you want present? Is medical pain relief such as an epidural something you will definitely choose, or would you prefer a low-intervention approach? Considering all of these options may make your head spin, but talk things over with your partner and decide what will be best for your family, and the decisions may fall into place more naturally. It’s another great way to get your partner even more involved and will get both of you on the same page.
Speaking of your partner. At the 12th week of pregnancy, make sure the lines of communication are open between the two of you. He may be feeling anxious about finances, doubting his abilities to be a good father, and may be feeling helpless about caring for you as he has watched you endure unpleasant pregnancy symptoms. Consider these feelings his pregnancy symptoms as well. Even though you are really doing the heavy lifting in this pregnancy, your pregnancy symptoms, and his pregnancy symptoms maybe not equal, (his don’t make him run to the bathroom every morning) but both are valid.
12 weeks of a job well done!
Every week is an accomplishment as you inch your way towards having a baby, so recognize your achievements! By now, you’ve learned to cope with pregnancy symptoms, a rapidly expanding body, and are making healthy choices. Being pregnant is a huge responsibility, so when the going gets tough on days when you’re exhausted, your feet hurt, and yet another one of those annoying pregnancy symptoms makes an appearance, visualize your baby growing and growing and getting more and more miraculous every day!