Pregnancy Week 12

BirthWatch ticker week for 12

"Even though you cannot feel it yet, your baby spends its days stretching and moving."

More About Week 12:

  • Your baby's ears are moving closer to the side of the head.
  • Your baby's eyes have moved closer together.
  • Your baby's genitals are just now beginning to take shape. It will still be several weeks before baby will reveal if he or she is a girl or a boy on an ultrasound exam.
  • Your baby's intestines are beginning to contract as if they were digesting food and are moving from the umbilical cord into the body cavity.
  • Your baby's spinal nerves are stretching out to form baby's spinal cord.
  • Your baby can produce tears now.

Healthy Pregnancy Tips for Week 12

Recommended Reading:

The Business of Being Born

This is a DVD. Watch this DVD (available for purchase at or at your local library or through Netflix) in your 1st or early 2nd trimester and think about how your prenatal appointments are going. Are you satisfied with your care provider? Are your appointments long enough for you to get answers to all your questions? Do you leave feeling listened to and respected? The Business of Being Born can help you sort out your feelings about what you need in a maternity care provider. If your fit isn't right now, it's not going to improve in the labor and delivery room. Continue to shop around for the care provider that fits you best.

See More Recommendations For the First Trimester from BirthWatch