Your baby is now about 2cm long and its face is now forming with features visible at your 12 week scan. At 12 weeks all your baby's organs and limbs have formed and s/he will be moving, although you probably won’t be able to feel this yet.
Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
At this stage it is common for mums-to-be to experience nausea and vomiting. This is often referred to as morning sickness although it may be experienced at any time of day. Although this can be worrying and unpleasant, it is a normal part of pregnancy and is unlikely to cause problems in the longer term. Some women do experience very severe nausea and vomiting symptoms during pregnancy and in this case should consult their GP or midwife. Often, nausea and vomiting symptoms ease after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Staying healthy when sickness strikes
When you are feeling nauseous it can be really difficult to eat healthily and you may find that even the smell of food turns your stomach. In fact, an empty stomach can actually make nausea even worse so it’s important to find foods that help you to cope with these symptoms. Many women find that they cannot face fatty foods and that carbohydrate rich foods help to control their sickness and keep them going. Eating small amounts regularly through the day may be the best strategy. You might even want to try having some crackers or biscuits on your bedside table so that you can eat something before you get up. On the next page we’ve set out some ideas for small meals and snack you could try.
As well as eating regularly it is also important to make sure you stay hydrated, especially if you are vomiting as this means you are losing extra fluid. When you are pregnant, you need a bit more fluid than normal – approximately an extra glass or two of fluid per day, so make sure you drink fluids regularly through the day, although be careful of your caffeine intake if drinking tea, coffee or other drinks containing caffeine.
Foods and drinks that may reduce nausea
May women swear by ginger to help with sickness during pregnancy, and studies have shown that it does reduce nausea in some people. You could try sipping ginger ale, having ginger tea or sucking a piece of fresh or preserved ginger. Some women also find that other herbal teas such as peppermint or chamomile can help deal with nausea.
- © British Nutrition Foundation 2011