A pregnant woman may start feeling the need to wear loose-fit clothing or maternity clothes around week 12 of pregnancy baby development.
Other symptoms may also include dizziness, changes in sex drive (an increase, in particular, thanks to increased estrogen production and energy), frequent urination, fatigue, excess saliva, bloating or gas, heightened sense of smell, occasional headaches and an increase in vaginal discharge.
It must be noted that there is a higher risk of a urinary tract infection (UTI) during pregnancy. It is important to monitor one’s symptoms if you suspect an infection. If so, speak to your doctor or a healthcare professional regarding treatment.
As the risk of miscarriage drops greatly this week, many women choose this time to make their pregnancy announcements. Plans for the period leading up to one’s maternity leave should start being made if they have not been made already. Speak to your employer about a possible shift in schedule or responsibilities as you near your due date, in order for you to get adequate rest.
The Philippines has the Expanded Maternity Leave Act which, among many other perks, extends the paid maternity leave period from 60 to 105 days regardless of how many previous pregnancies the woman has had, how the woman gave birth, or if the woman was married or not.
More than that, the law states that single mothers who qualify under the Solo Parents’ Act can get an additional 15-day paid leave. All new mothers also have the option to extend their leave for 30 more days but without pay.
Your Doctor Visits
What should I tell my doctor?
As your pregnancy is ending its first three months, an expectant mother’s prenatal appointments will vary widely.
Your OB will also discuss your questions and concerns with you. It is also good practice to keep a pregnancy journal in which to write down questions to bring up during your doctor visits.
What tests should I know about?
In week 12 of pregnancy baby development (and in later prenatal visits thereafter), your OB will do the following:
- Check blood pressure
- Measure weight increase
- Determine “fundal height” — the developing fetus’ growth — by measuring the mother’s abdomen
- Check the baby’s heartbeat and heart rate
- Check hands and feet for swelling
- Do tests to check sugar and protein levels
- An ultrasound scan