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Your pregnancy symptoms must be showing more than ever as your hormones are on an overdrive. The news of you being pregnant might still be new to you at week 6. It’s completely fine to feel uncomfortable and clueless especially if you are going to be a first-time mom.

Week 6 – Pregnancy Development, Symptom and more

Yuppiiee!! Just 34 more weeks to go…

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Your pregnancy symptoms must be showing more than ever as your hormones are on an overdrive. The news of you being pregnant might still be new to you at week 6. It’s completely fine to feel uncomfortable and clueless especially if you are going to be a first-time mom.

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How many months are 6 weeks?

At week 6, you are in your second month of pregnancy. It might seem like there is a long way to go, but trust me, these days will pass sooner than you realize. Take care of your health from the very start and stay active to have a healthy pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Just 7 more months or 34 weeks to go.

 

Development of your baby

The heart of your baby is good and pumping at a rate of 110 beats per minute and it will get faster every day. You can now hear the heartbeat loud and clear at your ob-gyn early ultrasound. You can also buy a fetal doppler to listen to your baby’s heartbeat at home.

However, if your ob-gyn cannot find a heartbeat then don’t panic. It’s completely normal at this stage of the pregnancy. It might take a week or two for the heartbeat to be strong enough. The doctor will ask you to come back in a few days for another ultrasound.

Fun fact: Your heart will grow bigger during the pregnancy. Not just metaphorically but really it grows in size to pump all that extra blood around your body. During the pregnancy, the blood in an average woman’s body volume increases up to 40-50 percent.

For twin babies, you will hear two different heartbeats and there will be two different yolk sacs for each of your babies. Aww!

The vital organs such as kidneys, liver, lungs are all taking shape this week.

 

How big is the baby at week 6?

week 6 baby

At week 6, your baby has grown from the size of a sesame seed to a size of a pomegranate seed. Your baby measures about 0.1 inches long and weighs around 0.04 ounces. All the organs and systems have taken their places and the formation has begun.

The baby looks like a tadpole

Your baby hasn’t taken any of your features yet. But the embryo has started to form the head. Also, the most adorable face is in the making as your baby has a jawline, ears, nose, and cheeks.

Ear canals have begun to form

At week 6, the head has little indentations on both sides and dots on the face. The indentations are the ear canals in the making and the dots on the face will be developed into the baby’s eyes and nose in the coming weeks.

Hands and feet sprout

Tiny bud-like bump on the body will become hands and feet. The tail is still there, but it will eventually become the spinal column of the baby

 

Your belly at week 6

Your uterus is still growing. An Increase in hCG hormone is causing extra blood flow to your pelvic area, hence, your kidneys are also affected which further causes the kidneys to excrete excess water resulting in frequent urination. Wow! An amazing chain reaction.

But you shouldn’t stop drinking water because you must keep yourself hydrated otherwise you may cause unwanted risks with yourself and your baby. Stay well hydrated even if it means you have to do it at the cost of urinating every 10 minutes.

 

Week 6 Pregnancy Symptoms 

Some women also experience morning sickness or I like to call it morning, afternoon, evening, and night sickness, fatigue, tender breasts, indigestion, mood swings, and bloating. These are all early signs of pregnancy. Your body is still coping with the fact that there is mass production of pregnancy hormones going on. Your body is just a little frazzled. Don’t stress! Few things will get better.

Yup, you read it right. Only a few things will get better. The rest will continue and even escalate as the pregnancy grows. Like the heartburn or indigestion won’t leave you alone till the end of this pregnancy. Also, fatigue, gas, mood swings, tender breasts, and even more frequent urination will be there till you pop the baby out.

Here’s what you can do to feel better this week:

  1. Add few drops of lemon to your water. It will help with nausea and also provide extra vitamin C
  2. Eat small portions several times a day. Eating too much at once will cause heartburn and you might throw up all that you ate.
  3. Keep yourself well hydrated. A gallon of water is ideal.
  4. Avoid eating extra oily or spicy food
  5. Try aromatherapy for nausea
  6. Acupressure bands have been a success for some women for morning sickness
  7. Rest as often as you can
  8. Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is not only bad for you and your baby but it may cause heartburn
  9. Try having cold milk to ease the heartburn
  10. Keep your mind and body busy but not to the point that you feel dizzy or over-exerted.
  11. Do not any medications until and unless your doctor approves it. Nothing at all. Certain medications may cause birth defects and deficiencies, severe vomiting and some might even cause miscarriage.
  12. Take your folate and your prenatal vitamins. You and your baby need extra vitamins and minerals throughout your pregnancy.
  13. Avoid sauna or hot bathtubs. They may cause early miscarriage.
  14. Avoid smoking, alcohol, drugs, and other harmful consumptions.

 

When to call a doctor

Alert your ob-gyn if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • heavy vaginal bleeding
  • severe pelvic cramps
  • fever with chills
  • severe headache and dizziness
  • sudden swelling of face, hands, or feet as it might be a sign of preeclampsia.

Also, let your ob-gyn know if you are experiencing pain or a burning sensation during urination. This might be because you are at a high risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs).