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Week 12

Support and information from NCT

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week.

Your developing baby

Your baby is now about 7.5cm long and weighs about 18g. All of their internal organs are in place and their fingers and toes are continuing to get more prominent. Their sexual organs have also formed but they’re not yet visible so you won't be able to determine the sex just yet.

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Changing relationships

Pregnancy can place different strains on your relationship but talking through your feelings with your partner about parenthood can be really helpful. You’ll probably both feel apprehensive and excited about what lies ahead so share what you’re thinking and any concerns you might have. If this is difficult you can contact Relate or a similar service.

Telling your employer

You might feel nervous about the prospect of telling your boss that you’re pregnant. However, telling them sooner rather than later will help them and your colleagues support you better. This is a good time to find out about your organisation’s practices and policies when it comes to pregnancy and maternity leave.  

You've reached the end of your first trimester!

The discomforts of early pregnancy are likely to decrease now and you’ll hopefully be feeling better and have a renewed energy. You can stop taking folic acid supplements as they will not have any effect on the risk of spina bifida for your baby. It is often after a 12 week scan that you and your partner will feel more comfortable telling everyone your happy news and show them your sonogram.


Have you shared the news?

Many people feel this is a good time to tell friends and wider family.

Further information

NCT offers reliable support and information about the various stages of pregnancy, week by week. Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.

We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.

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