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12 Weeks Pregnant

This week, it’s all systems go with baby (well, sorta). What’s up with your suppressed immune system? And is the pain of natural childbirth really worth it?

  • Baby at 12 Weeks Pregnant 🚼

    Baby is as big as a small plum, and he’s looking remarkably handsome, if we do say so ourselves.

    At this point, most of baby’s major systems are formed, so there won’t be a lot of news flashes in the coming weeks. But, each of those systems will continue to mature and grow in size.

    During this week’s midwife visit, you may be able to hear baby’s heartbeat if you choose to use a Doppler. If you’re foregoing the Doppler in favor of a fetoscope, you won’t be able to hear baby’s heartbeat until around week 20.

    Baby’s heart isn’t the only organ that’s acting all grown up. His small intestine can now push food through his bowels.

    Baby’s central nervous system is maturing as well. When baby hears a loud noise or feels sudden movement, he may react with a squint, open mouth, or wiggle.

    12 weeks pregnant - Mama Natural pregnancy week by week
  • You at 12 Weeks Pregnant 🚺

    Your uterus is now the size of a grapefruit. Yay! Your body is changing and supporting that beautiful baby of yours. As part of this, your immune system will be suppressed in these early weeks of pregnancy so that your body welcomes (instead of attacks) this new guest growing in your belly.

    I remember being only 2 weeks into pregnancy and catching a cold. I thought it was because of the winter… but it was probably due to this immune-dampening effect of pregnancy. This is why moms with autoimmune diseases like MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and others may actually feel BETTER during pregnancy.

    So yeah, you may be getting more colds or flus during pregnancy. But don’t despair. There are some wonderful natural remedies that  might kick them out fast.

    Flu During Pregnancy – Natural Remedies

    Cough and Cold During Pregnancy – Natural Remedies

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