The Wee One is the Size of a Cork With Curling Toes
It’s week 12, a time many pregnant women eagerly await because the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically — and with it, any pretense you were holding about not being pregnant can be dropped, as well. That’s right, it’s generally considered “safe” to tell the entire planet you’re expecting now (if you haven’t already)!
If you’re working outside the home, it’s good form to tell your boss first to avoid any awkward information leaks, and if you have other kids it’s usually a good idea to hold off on telling the baby’s older siblings until you’re really showing, especially if big brother or sister is under 3 years old. Otherwise you’ll be hearing, “Mommy, is the baby coming today?” 57 times an hour. For the next six months. NO THANK YOU.
You’re getting used to your world being turned upside down by pregnancy symptoms, some of which you might have expected and some that were probably a complete surprise. As the first trimester comes to a close you could be experiencing bouts of heartburn; try skipping spicy foods, eating small meals, and don’t lie down too soon after eating. You might also notice a dark vertical line forming on your belly (technically called linea nigra) which is weird but totally normal. (And also pretty much sums up most of pregnancy.)
The big baby news this week is that your wee one has reflexes — toes are curling, fingers are wiggling, and that tiny mouth is already making sucking motions. Pretty amazing, considering he or she is only the size of a cork! Whoops, sorry to bring up wine, preggers.
You’ve probably heard of men having “sympathy pains” during labor, but many also report sharing mom-to-be’s nausea, cravings, acne and other symptoms starting at the end of the first trimester. It’s called Couvade syndrome; some people think it’s legit and others think it’s just an excuse to gain weight right along with us, but who cares? If it makes your partner more inclined to get you ice cream at 2AM, why fight it?