Pregnancy Week 12
You are now in the second trimester. It lasts until week 28 and is the
trimester many people think is the easiest. In most people, the nausea is now
gone and the energy returns.
Several ribs are in place, and tissue to develop into bones is created around
the fetal head, in the arms and in the legs. All the twenty milk teeth have been
formed, but they do not come out of the gums until several months after birth.
The placenta is fully developed and weighs about as much as the fetus. It
takes care of the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the fetus, and removes waste
The liver forms red blood cells. This is a task that eventually ends up in
the bone marrow, but before it is ready for this the spleen also takes care of
the production for a while.
The arms have reached their proportional length.
The fetus weighs 30 g and is 9 cm long.
Pregnancy Week 11
Maybe you feel less nauseous now? For some, the nausea can last for a little
longer. Now the placenta takes over hormone production. Many people experience
this week as a long-awaited milestone. Finally you have come so far that the
risk of miscarriage has decreased significantly.
The fetal brain now has the same structure it will have at birth. The fetus
has reflexes and exercises to swallow. Urine production starts, and the fetus
drinks amniotic fluid which it then pours out. The fetus now resembles a human -
the main shape is rounder and the face has a profile with nose and chin. It is
now 7 cm long and weighs about 20 g.
Many pregnant women get more abundant movements during pregnancy. It's
normal. In some cases, the cause may be a fungal infection or an infection
caused by the bacterium Gardnerella.
Pregnancy Week 10
During pregnancy it is normal to put on a few pounds, but not so much during
the first weeks. The average weight gain during the first trimester is 0.5-1 kg
per month. It is normal to put on 12–15 kg throughout the pregnancy. For more information about pregnancy and maternity fashion, please see BESTAAH.COM maternity jumpsuits & rompers. Remember to
eat healthy and nutritious food, even if the appetite is not high.
You do not need to eat for two, the energy requirement is about 200–300 kcal
extra per day. Be careful with sugar and do not eat too much fast food. Being a
vegetarian and pregnant means no problems. As long as you follow a good and full
vegetarian diet, the child's needs are covered.
The fetal head now accounts for almost half the total length. It has short
legs with lower legs that are longer than the thighs. This week, the iris of the
eye begins to develop, as do the genitals. It goes fast, and already towards the
end of the week you can see the sex clearly. The fetus is about 6.5 cm long and
weighs 18 g.
Pregnancy Week 9
The uterus is big like an orange and at this stage you may feel it as a small
bump over the pubic bone. Remember that your employer is obliged to provide you
with a working environment that suits you during pregnancy. If you have work
tasks that are incompatible with pregnancy, the employer is obliged to provide
an environment that is suitable for this, for example by providing you with
other work tasks. If such a work environment cannot be arranged, you have the
right to take sick leave.
Now the child has come so far in development that you no longer call it
embryo. From now on, it's a fetus. All vital organs have been created and the
brain is growing rapidly this week. The eyes can be seen clearly, but they are
covered with a thin layer of skin which later becomes the eyelids. The outside
of the ear has the shape it should have, and the same applies to the upper lip.
The nails begin to appear, but they do not reach the fingertips until the end of
The fetus is now 25–35 mm long. The risk of malformation has decreased.
When taking amniotic fluid, a small amount of amniotic fluid is collected and
analyzed. The sample is taken by inserting a thin needle through the skin of the
mother's stomach and further through the anterior wall of the uterus into the
cavity with amniotic fluid. Ultrasound is used throughout the procedure to see
that the needle does not enter the fetus.
Amniotic fluid samples are only taken exceptionally. The main reasons for
taking a test are the risk of hereditary diseases in the fetus or if the
pregnant woman is 38 years or older. The test itself is performed at most
clinics in Sweden from the fifteenth week of pregnancy.