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12 Weeks Pregnant: Words of Welcome

“We are on this journey together. May we both grow in love.”

Many women breathe a sigh of relief this week as the first-trimester tummy troubles calm down. Take this opportunity to inhale deeply and welcome your little one. Consider writing a letter to baby, or simply sit still with eyes closed and connect to your baby with one hand at your heart and the other on your abdomen.

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In addition to familiarizing yourself with Spinning Babies, we also want to share with you some of our favorite resources that support physiological birth. Now is the time to begin educating yourself in ways that are supportive and nurturing to your pregnancy and upcoming birthing journey.

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Spinning Babies Activity of the Week

Now is a great time to begin daily pelvic tilts, which we’ll revisit later in pregnancy too.

     How to do a pelvic tilt:

    1. Come to hands and knees on a yoga mat, towel, or carpet.
    2. Inhale and engage your abdominal muscles while you lift your lower back up towards the ceiling. Imagine that a string helps you lift your lower back (lumbar). Don’t focus on your shoulders; that’s not the part that counts.
    3. Exhale and release your abdominal muscles while you straighten your back into a tabletop pose. Don’t dip your lower back like a swayback horse because that can strain your muscles in pregnancy.
    4. Continue moving between curling your lower back to straightening it rhythmically, with your breath.
    5. Do 20-40 pelvic tilts. Get up slowly so you don’t get a head rush.

    Your Baby This Week

    Most of your baby’s body parts and organs are fully formed. The baby’s primary job now is to keep growing and maturing. Reflexes are developing now too. Though you can’t yet feel it, baby’s fingers can open and close, and baby’s toes can curl. Baby is about 2.5-3 inches long and weighs between 0.5 to 1 ounce.

    You This Week

    Right around now, you may notice a welcome relief from early pregnancy symptoms like nausea and fatigue. You’re likely to notice increased energy soon, as well as a decreased need to urinate as frequently, as your uterus moves to the front of your abdomen. You may continue to notice dizziness, caused by lower blood pressure, higher blood volume, and hormonal changes. Drinking water and regular protein snacks, like almonds, can help. If not, contact your care provider.

    Weekly Affirmation

    Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy:

     

    “We are on this journey together. May we both grow in love.”
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