♥ Jeanine ♥ (mommy_egats) wrote in bun_inmy_oven,
♥ Jeanine ♥
mommy_egats
bun_inmy_oven

12 weeks

Your baby's hit the 2-inch mark (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce. Her face is beginning to look more human. Her eyes, which started out on the sides of her head, have moved closer together on her face, and her ears are near their final positions on the sides of her head. Your baby's intestines, which have grown so rapidly that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into her abdominal cavity about now. Her kidneys are secreting urine into her bladder. Her nerve cells have been multiplying rapidly, and synapses (neurological pathways in the brain) are forming. Your baby may have acquired more reflexes by now, including sucking, and she'll even squirm if you prod your abdomen.

Your baby weighs about 14 grams and is about 2 1/2 inches
in length. Your Baby: has reflexes and begins to have
activity in the digestive tract. Bile is now being secreted
and these types of developments are to prepare the baby for
life outside of you. Stem cells, the "mother cells" that
reproduce to become heart, brain, liver, bone, blood, nerve,
and immune cells, continue to differentiate into cells
forming your baby's major organs.

Although your baby's brain continues to grow, its components
now have the same structure as when your baby is born. If
your OB or Midwife uses a "doppler," you may be able to
listen to your baby's heartbeat. This may be the sweetest
sound you have ever heard. Most new moms are amazed by how
fast the heartbeat is. To understand more about what a
doppler is and what it does, check out:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/doppler.htm

For an ultrasound image of a baby at 12 weeks, visit:

http://www.pregnancyweekly.com/topics/ultrasound1/12wk.htm
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