Month 3

Your pregnancy – Month 3 (12 to 16 weeks)

Your Baby

  • Umbilical cord is well-formed and blood is circulating between baby and the placenta.
  • Major body organs, like the brain, the heart and lungs, are forming.
  • Head is large because baby’s brain is growing faster than other organs.
  • Neck is well-defi ned and the head (still the largest part) can be held erect.
  • Heartbeat can be heard with the use of a Doppler. Heart beats 120-160 beats per minute.
  • Mouth has 20 buds that become baby teeth.
  • Ears, ankles, wrists, fingers and toes form.
  • Fingernails and toenails are formed.
  • Eyelids form but are sealed shut.
  • Stomach, liver, and kidneys are forming – kidneys can produce urine.
  • Baby can move but is still too tiny to be felt.
  • By month’s end, baby is about 2 1/2 inches long and weighs ½ to 1 ounce.

Your Body

  • Breasts continue to be sore and have grown larger, nipples and the area around them begin to darken.
  • Uterus has grown and begins pressing on bladder, making frequent trips to the bathroom necessary.
  • Vaginal secretions are becoming thicker, whiter and stickier.
  • Nausea may still be present.
  • May sweat more easily.
  • May feel tired and need to rest more often.
  • Uterus may feel like a small bump above your pubic bone.
  • Placenta is now completely formed and hormones are produced in amounts needed to keep your pregnancy healthy.
  • May feel a wide range of different emotions; you may be happy and sad without any obvious reasons.
  • May have gained 2 to 4 pounds; clothes may begin to feel snug.

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