Many women find that morning sickness starts to settle down after this point.
You might be having leg or foot cramps – this is common. Make sure you get lots of calcium by eating calcium-rich foods like milk, cheese and yoghurt, and stay active. If you have special dietary needs, seeing a dietitian might be a good idea.
The 12-week scan
Your first ultrasound scan can be really exciting – it’s when you get to see your baby for the first time. But this ultrasound scan is usually also part of a screening procedure that checks your baby’s risk of having a condition like Down syndrome.
It's a good idea to think about how you'd feel and what you'd do if you’re told your baby has a high risk of complications or an abnormality. If you need to, you can talk about this with your partner or another trusted person or health professional.
Thinking about immunisation?
Childhood immunisation helps to protect your baby from infectious diseases after birth. It’s one of the best ways of improving your baby’s health and wellbeing and stopping diseases from spreading in your community. Talk to your GP if you have any questions or concerns about immunisation.
Men – not real yet?
Some men find the pregnancy completely surreal. Before they see the first ultrasound, they might find it impossible to believe there really is a baby. Often, once they hear baby’s heartbeat or see your belly getting bigger, it begins to seem real.
Men can read more about middle pregnancy and men’s feelings.
Baby is ready for a growth spurt:
- It’s about 4.5 cm from head to bottom. It weighs about 10 gm.
- The heart is completely formed and pumping.
- Fingers are growing nails.
- The brain and nervous system are almost finished developing.
- Nerves and muscles are starting to work together. This means that baby is starting to make small, jerky movements. It’s too early for you to feel them, though.