The First 12 Weeks

In the first part of your pregnancy, a tiny baby starts to grow in your womb. This tiny baby is first called an embryo. In this time, your baby grows really, really fast. By the time you’re six weeks pregnant, you can usually hear your baby’s heartbeat.

By the end of 12 weeks, your baby has all its body parts, like bones and muscles. It looks like a tiny human being and is now called a foetus.

You may notice changes in your body and your emotions as your baby starts to grow. You might feel sick (not just in the morning but any time), tired and your breasts might feel sore. You might not like some smells or foods that you liked before, and some things might taste like metal.

Early signs of pregnancy:

  • Missed Periods
  • Tiredness
  • Morning Sickness (not just in the morning but any time)
  • Breasts Change
  • Needing to use the Toilet More
  • Weight Gain
  • Skin Changes
  • Feeling Emotional
  • Slight spotting

You can talk to your midwife, friends, family, a councillor or a telephone helpline for support.

You won’t feel your baby move yet as this usually happens between 16-24 weeks.

Remember every pregnancy is different so it’s important to take care of yourself and rest. Listen to your body and allow yourself to slow down, nap, and practice relaxation techniques. This will benefit you and your baby.

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