Your baby this week
12 weeks pregnant

Your body now

Your weight may have stayed the same, you may have gained slightly -- or if you've suffered from morning sickness, you may have lost a few pounds. For the first 12 weeks, a weight gain of four to eight pounds is normal , but most weight gain comes in the last part of pregnancy -- see when and how here.

Call in the fuzz


Is pregnancy leaving you feeling a little fuzzy? If so, you’re not alone! Here's what moms-to-be from the P&B message boards had to say.

"I have dark hairs growing from my belly button on down...anyone else having this? It's wild! Ick." - Joy, 12 weeks

"I got this when I was preggo with #1, and it's never gone away. There isn't a lot, and I just shave it... but it's still kinda embarrassing." - Saara

"My preggy belly hairs have taken off, too, all of a sudden. They grow all the way down from the top of my belly... Hopefully, they'll buzz off afterwards!" - Juli

"I have hairs growing all over my belly... I've never been a really hairy person, but lately I have hair growing on my belly, my arm hair has decided to multiply, and the hair on my legs grows faster than I can shave it... I'm going to be really upset if I start growing facial hair." - Carrie

Good fats

Did you know that some kind of fats are very good for you? Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are in the news because they are needed for a healthy heart and brain, plus they are absolutely crucial for the healthy development of a fetus or child. Unfortunately, they are usually deficient in mothers since they are drawn on heavily to grow a baby during pregnancy and breast milk is loaded with them, and most women don't have anywhere near enough to start with.

Increasing your intake of one type of EFAs -- omega-3 oils found in fish and flax -- can help prevent cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and depression.

It can also make your hair and skin more moist -- dryness, including dandruff, is a potential sign of omega-3 deficiency. And pregnant or breastfeeding women can help the optimal development of their child's brain by getting optimal amounts of these important oils. Click here to read more!


Julian? That works.

Lisa Kudrow and son JulianOf her son, Lisa Kudrow (Friends) said, "I didn't know how to deal with a boy. But someone said 'Julian' and I thought 'Oh!' Somehow I knew exactly who that was. I could see raising a little boy named Julian. So weird..."

Kudrow's son Julian Murray Stern was born on May 7, 1998, and weighed six pounds, 12 ounces.

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