Congratulations! Your first trimester of pregnancy is coming to an end. The second trimester is just as exciting, and there are some great milestones along the way. You and baby will grow together during week 12, and you might notice some changes to your body.
Your Digestive System Is Different
Many women experience gas, constipation, bloating, and gastrointestinal discomfort around week 12. The digestive system slows down during this time—which is good for baby but causes changes for your colon. Try to eat more fiber and drink adequate water, (eight to ten 8-fluid-ounce glasses per day) during this time to help with bowel movements. Adequate hydration can reduce swelling of feet and ankles, help maintain an even body temperature, and reduce incidence of headaches related to dehydration. The increase in size of your uterus can send you to the bathroom more often to urinate.
Baby on the Move
With fully formed arms, legs, feet, and hands, your baby will begin to explore newfound movements, like opening and closing their hands, flexing elbows, and stretching their legs. Even though you may not be able to feel it, they’ll even move when you touch your belly as they begin to develop reflexes.
Monitor Your Weight Gain During the Trimester
It can be tempting to “eat for two” during pregnancy, but during the 2nd trimester a woman only needs an extra 300-400 healthy calories per day. Be sure to keep track of your weight gain and report any anomalies to your doctor. After week 12, you should only gain about a pound per week. Still have questions about your nutrition? Be sure to talk with your doctor and see our prenatal nutrition guide.