Pregnancy weeks 9, 10, 11 and 12

If you experienced gestational nausea, you may find that this has gradually disappeared by now. The foetus begins to resemble a human being and all organs have started to form.

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The stomach will not be visible just yet

Your hormones will be constantly changing around this time, and your mood will swing from great happiness to worry and sadness. It is not uncommon to worry about having a miscarriage, your relationship with your partner, changes to your body and your work and life situation.

The mucous membranes are also more fragile than usual. This may result in some bleeding from the gums when you brush your teeth, nosebleeds or minor bleeding from your vagina during sexual intercourse. This is nothing to worry about.

Your womb is continuing to grow, but it is still positioned safely down in the pelvis. Your pregnancy will therefore not necessarily be apparent to anyone else.

If you experienced gestational nausea, you may find that this has gradually disappeared by now.

All organs have completed their embryonic stage of development

The foetus begins to resemble a human being, and all organs have completed their embryonic stage of development. The feet are about two millimetres long, the brain is distinct, and the structure of the heart and its four chambers are now fully developed.

The face continues to develop, and the head is rounder and as large as the rest of the body by this stage. The arms and legs are growing longer.

The female and male genital organs are starting to develop now as well. The length of the foetus from head to buttocks is about 27 millimetres.