My 12 Week Pregnant Belly: Bump Update (With Pictures)

My 12 Weeks Pregnant Belly Picture


Starting Weight: 123lbs

Total Weight Gain: 0lbs (it is normal to not gain much pregnancy weight in the first trimester)

Now let’s go over how my week went and what to expect…

Energy Level: My energy level has been amazing this week and I had ZERO 24 hour calls. Yay! (Maybe it’s because I know that I am approaching the end of the first trimester!).

Symptoms: I felt pretty good this week. Scents don’t really seem to bother me anymore. Also, I am able to study using my phone/iPad while sitting on the subway when commuting to and from work. Before, this would cause me a lot of motion/morning sickness.

Other Physical Changes: No other noticeable physical changes this week.

Diet: My diet is pretty much the same. This week we got plant-based sushi which I love, (although not as much as Pizza :))! I am also diligently taking my prenatal vitamins with folic acid twice a day as well as weekly vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. I also try to eat a big salad most days of the week.

Diet Modifications: None as of yet!

Food Aversions: I am finally able to drink plain water again, although it needs to be cold. I attempted a modified version of my green smoothie this week which turned out to be pretty good. It includes water, spinach, nut butter, apple, chocolate protein, and sometimes a banana. It is absolutely delicious.

Food Cravings: I’ve been craving a french toast bagel and I finally got my hands on a close second- a cinnamon raisin bagel. I added a little almond butter and it was delicious! I haven’t eaten a bagel in years and it was so worth it!

Workouts: I was able to complete a few peloton cycling and strength workouts this week which I was happy about and I actually felt like I had the energy and motivation to do them.

You can see examples of my entire pregnancy workout in my Prenatal Fitness Prescription.

Modifications to my workout: I am listening to my body as much as possible. If I don’t have it, I don’t push myself. I am also trying to keep my heart rate at 140 or below.

*Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider to learn if exercise is safe for you.*

What does 12 weeks look like pregnant?

This is how I currently look at 12 weeks. Every woman is unique and will look differently at this stage of the pregnancy.


Other Related Questions

Can you start showing at 12 weeks pregnant?

It is very unlikely that you will start showing at 12 weeks pregnant if this is your first pregnancy.

However, if this is your second pregnancy, or you are expecting twins, you may start to see the beginnings of a baby bump.

How does a pregnant belly feel at 12 weeks?

At 12 weeks pregnant your belly should still feel soft. The uterus is still pretty low in your pelvis and shouldn’t be readily palpable.

Do not be concerned if your belly is not hard at 12 weeks!

Where is the baby located at 12 weeks?

At 12 weeks the baby is located in your lower abdomen between your umbilicus and mons pubis.

At this time, the baby only weighs about 1/2 ounce and measures about 2 1/4 inches in length, which is about the size of a plum.

The most common symptoms at 12 weeks of pregnancy

During this time it is normal to experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Changes in your mood
  • Fatigue
  • Palpitations
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Heart burn
  • Round ligament pain or Cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding (can be a sign of a subchorionic hematoma)
  • Urinary frequency
  • Increased vaginal discharge

The good news is, you may also start to notice a decrease in early pregnancy symptoms as you are approaching the second trimester.

Also, make sure to look out for any unusual urinary symptoms such as burning with urination, as this can be a sign of an infection in the urine.

What can you expect to see at a12 weeks pregnant ultrasound?

Typically, the sonogram at 12 weeks will consist of the nuchal translucency scan.

This is a screening ultrasound to measure the nuchal fold or thickness in the back of the baby’s neck (yellow line seen in below image). An increased thickness is related to an increased risk of a genetic abnormality.


In addition, the crown-rump length or CRL for short will be measured to see how well your baby is growing. If this is your first ultrasound, it will also be used as your dating scan (to give you a due date).

Other things you can expect to see:

  • Your baby’s heartbeat beating at 110-180 beats per minute.
  • The umbilical cord
  • Location of the placenta
  • In addition, you might even see subtle movements of your baby’s limbs.
  • If your sonographer is really good and your baby cooperates, you may even be able to tell the gender of your baby 🙂

12 weeks pregnant is how many months?

12 weeks of pregnancy corresponds to month 3! You are wrapping up the first trimester!

Congrats on making it thus far.

Is my baby fully developed at 12 weeks pregnant?

All of the baby’s vital organs (kidneys, intestines, genitals, etc) are fully formed by 12 weeks. However, the baby still has a long way to go before everything is fully functioning.

At this point, your baby can open and close his/her hands and curl his/her toes.

Additionally, the baby may start to practice breathing.

How can you tell if its a boy or girl at 12 weeks?

At 12 weeks, you may or may not be able to tell gender on an ultrasound scan.

The most reliable way of knowing if you are pregnant with a boy or girl is by having a blood test done.

This test is referred to as NIPT or non-invasive prenatal test, which looks for cell-free fetal DNA in the maternal blood.

They go by the name of Panorama, Materni21, Harmony, Qnatal, etc.

Anything else I should know?

You may begin to notice a decrease in your blood pressure as you approach the second trimester. This is a normal physiological response to the increase in blood flow to the placenta.

This is a good time to ensure that you maintain adequate water intake to prevent any symptoms of dehydration.

Also, do your best to consume as many healthy foods as possible to combat the cravings you get!

Final Words On The 12th Week of Pregnancy

12 weeks is a big milestone as you are approaching the end of your first trimester. You are almost a third of the way to the end!

Now I want to hear from you.

Are you 12 weeks pregnant?

How did your week go?

Comment below and let me know, and check back next week for my pregnancy week 13 update!

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Brittany Robles, MD, MPH, CPT

Brittany Robles is a full-time OBGYN physician, a NASM certified trainer, and a prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist. She holds a Master of Public Health degree in maternal health with a special interest in exercise and nutrition. She is also the co-author of The White Coat Trainer. Learn more about her here.

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