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Guide to Being 12 Weeks Pregnant


Don't Worry If…

Whenever something new, unknown and perhaps unpleasant arises during these 40 weeks, you might start to worry. Sometimes it's warranted; more often it's not. If you experience any of the following, there's no need to be freak out (unless that makes you feel better. In that case, have a field day):

  • You don't want to have sex.Totally normal. Some women want it around now, some women shudder at the thought. Whatever you're feeling will pass, and you'll eventually return to your normal self.
  • You're feeling huge.It happens. Sure, there are women who feel positively glorious and beautiful as they starting rounding out, but far more women feel kind of, well, fat. It doesn't make you less maternal, and it doesn't mean you don't want to be pregnant. It means you'll need some time to get used to a new shape.
  • You're looking like a teenager -- in a bad way.Some women glow, others break out. It's those darned hormones again. Your skin will go back to normal as soon as your hormones do.

In week 12, as in all others, the main point is this: Take care of yourself, and try to reduce your stress level as much as possible. Your body and mind have a lot to deal with just carrying a baby and dealing with the unavoidable emotional effects of fluctuating hormone levels. Sit back, relax, and get prepared for trimester two: Soon, perfect strangers might try to touch you.

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