Your pregnancy: month 3
Morning sickness and fatigue that goes on for days, what fun month 3 of your pregnancy is turning out to be!
Luckily, on a positive note, your little one is busy make some very exciting developments of his (or her) own…
Weeks 9 and 10
Your baby is the size of a: prune
Congrats! You’re now the proud owner of a fetus (it was still an embryo last week). The head is more erect, and the neck and ears are more developed. You might be able to see your baby’s first movements during an ultrasound – and you may even hear its heartbeat! But don’t expect to feel movement for several weeks yet.
By week 10, your little one is in the midst of a growth spurt. Bones are starting to develop, and your baby can even bend its arms and legs at the elbows and knees. The first tooth buds are also appearing, although teeth won’t come through the gums until your child is about six months old. The umbilical cord is now attached to the placenta and your baby is receiving nutrients from your bloodstream.
You’re probably very tired and your clothes might feel tighter. With your uterus now the size of a grapefruit, it’s no surprise! But chances are no one can tell you’re pregnant yet.
Weeks 11 and 12
Your baby is the size of a: plum
Your baby is really starting to look human with fingers and toes that are no longer webbed. The ears are almost fully formed and the mouth now houses a tongue and palate. Testes are starting to develop in boys and ovaries in girls – but don’t get too excited because you can’t find out the sex for several weeks yet! Your baby is becoming much more active, completing flips and stretches in your tummy.
Week 12 is a milestone for your baby – all its major organs and systems are formed, and now they just need to grow. The digestive system is developing, white blood cells are forming and hormones are being produced. There are even tiny nails on those fingers and toes!
You might still be in the throes of morning sickness and fatigue, but you can breathe a big sigh of relief – those symptoms should ease up soon and your risk of miscarriage drops dramatically at the end of this week.
• Frequent urination
• Tender breasts
• Excess saliva
• Nausea and vomiting
• Food cravings and aversions
• Bloating and gas
• Heartburn and indigestion
• Heightened sense of smell
• Increased vaginal discharge
• Faintness or dizziness
• Visible veins
• Round ligament pain
Tips of the month: If you’re over 35 or have a family history of genetic disorders, talk to your doctor about undergoing a genetic test such as a nuchal translucency (NT) screening, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). These tests are usually carried out between 10 and 14 weeks. You should also consider getting the flu vaccine to protect you and your baby during flu season.