Pregnancy Update: 11-12 weeks

How far along are you? 12 weeks on April 24.

How big is baby? At 12 weeks, a plum. My body still hasn’t changed much visually. Still wearing all my pre-pregnancy clothes comfortably. The only teeny bump that I have is my regular lower belly pooch, the only difference now is that I can’t suck it in. 😉

How are you feeling? Still tired a lot, but it’s bearable. My “morning” sickness at this point has basically been about three days of feeling good and then one day of not so good, but I can handle that vs. the alternative. Now that I’m at the end of the first trimester, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as nausea goes! I’m hoping that it’ll be sooner rather than later, but I keep telling myself that it could always be worse.

The biggest thing that has helped me lately is eating smaller meals every few hours. As long as I have food in my stomach, I usually feel pretty good. It’s hard sometimes to eat when I’m nauseous, but I usually feel better afterward, so I usually just force myself to eat something.

What are you looking forward to? Lately, I cannot stop thinking about the newborn lifestyle photoshoot I want to have done after baby is here! I’ve been looking up ideas and inspiration on Pinterest like a madwoman even though it’s quite awhile from now. Also, decorating the nursery. I have a bunch of ideas and I’d like to keep it somewhat gender neutral either way, but it’s just a matter of deciding what we want. Again… there’s still plenty of time, but the Pinterest black hole has sucked me in!

The news is now completely public! I’m sure you figured that out since you’re reading this. Haha! We made a public Facebook announcement on April 17 and now I feel so much better that it’s not a secret anymore. I’m mostly happy that all my co-workers know because then I don’t have to lie if I feel crappy or tired or whatever. Everyone is really excited and it makes me even more excited being able to talk about everything.

I started documenting my pregnancy in my Promptly JournalOne of the first baby items that I started researching once I found out I was pregnant was a pregnancy journal. I found this one and I’m super happy that I did! Design-wise, it’s very minimalist and simple, which I love. The questions/prompts are fun and easy to answer. There’s plenty of room to write. One of my favorite features, though, is that this journal goes all the way from pregnancy to birth to childhood through age 18! I’ve taken peeks at some of the questions they ask at older ages and they are so unique!

Our 12 week appointment was today. After my urine test, the nurse told me that I need to drink more water, which I already know. I have to have some with me at all times otherwise I forget, but I’m working on it! Next, we got to meet our doctor for the first time, which was exciting! She is super friendly and I know that we’ll get along well. Since I haven’t gone to the doctor since I was about 12 years old, the first thing she did was a pap test since I haven’t had one.

Then we got to do the fun part: the ultrasound! I didn’t cry or anything, but it was seriously amazing. The fact that the baby was moving around, but I still can’t feel anything is the weirdest part to me. I sent a picture to my family and my younger sister was asking how big the baby is. I told her that the head is 2cm across, so she measured it compared to the baby Jesus in my parent’s nativity set and it’s the same size. 😂

That’s pretty much all for now that I can think of! I’ll keep updating every 2 weeks or so. You can follow me on Instagram if you want some shorter updates more often!


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About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).

  • Your baby is as big as baby Jesus! Haha I love that!

  • Congratulations, girl! Blessings to you & Baby!