How should I prepare for my baby's birth during week 12 of pregnancy?

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During week 12, you may want to prepare for your baby's birth by being tested for certain bacteria and viruses that cause infection. Sometimes, infections may affect your developing baby as soon as you're infected. Other infections or illnesses may not affect your baby until the birthing process. At your prenatal doctor's appointment, which is probably this week, your doctor may be able to perform blood tests for certain infections like syphilis, chickenpox, fifth disease, and certain sexually transmitted diseases. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about a specific infection and how it may affect your baby now or during birth.

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