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You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant

Your baby

From the time you’re about eight weeks pregnant the baby is called a foetus, which means "offspring". By now the face is slowly forming. The eyes are more obvious and have some colour in them. There is a mouth and tongue. There are now the beginnings of hands and feet, with ridges where the fingers and toes will be. The major internal organs are all developing, such as the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys and gut.

At nine weeks of pregnancy, the baby has grown to about 22mm long from head to bottom. Just 12 weeks after conception, the foetus is fully formed. All its organs, muscles, limbs and bones are in place, and the sex organs are well developed. From now on, it has to grow and mature. The baby is already moving about but its movements can’t be felt yet.


During this time your breasts will have got bigger, so consider wearing a supportive bra. You may also find that your emotions vary: you feel happy one moment and sad the next. Don’t worry – these feelings are normal and should settle down. You can find out more about feelings, worries and relationships in pregnancy.

If you haven't seen your midwife yet, contact your GP or maternity team for your booking appointment and to start your antenatal care. This appointment should take place by the time you are 12 weeks pregnant. You may be offered your first ultrasound scan when you’re between eight and 14 weeks pregnant: this can vary depending on where you live.

Things to think about

Checks and tests you may be offered

A range of checks and tests will be done during your first antenatal visit to help monitor your health and spot any potential problems.

Where to have your baby

Choosing where to have your baby is a big decision. Your midwife and antenatal team can talk to you about all the options to help you make an informed choice.

Healthy pregnancy diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is especially important for pregnant women. Find out about healthy eating and which foods to avoid.

Stay active, start exercising

You can save a to-do list online, to keep track of the essentials for your pregnancy, such as finding out about maternity leave and booking antenatal classes.

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