Pregnancy and birth

Twelve weeks

Well, the past couple of days have been amazing: we’ve been telling all of our friends and extended family about our happy news, and everybody’s responses have been so lovely.  We are very lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives!

This week’s developmental update comes from (and I’m actually working my way through its massive baby name list at the moment, noting the ones that I like and that haven’t already been used by several people we know…)

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

Cue great relief that the babies’ eyes and ears have ended up in the right places, and not like a crazed Mr Potato Head doll.

And check this out: an image from of what fraternal twins look like at the 12 week stage:

We’ll be able to verify that on Thursday, when we have our 12 week scan.

3 thoughts on “Twelve weeks

  1. Hooray! They have human faces now! Do you know if you might feel your babies move earlier than a single pregnancy since they will presumably be a bit more cramped from earlier on?

  2. Yea! So amazing. The babies moving is very cool but also, its like your own little secret with them. Yes, others may be able to feel them move, but obviously not as much nor on the same level as you do. Its like they are communicating to their mommy so early on.

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