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6 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

Now that you’re 6 weeks pregnant, your little one is developing new features. This week’s most important milestone: The neural tube begins to close over what will become your baby’s spinal cord.

There’s more! This week, tiny folds of tissue are developing into what will eventually become your little one’s chin, cheeks, and jaw. The areas that will be the eyes and nose have started to project as bumps, while the ear structure is pushing inward.

The heart tube is gradually growing into four primitive chambers and starts to beat more regularly than last week, like a tiny drum. Other major organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are also beginning to take shape. The lungs each exist as a single tube and will form pouch-like structures. They will continue to blossom over the next few months to get ready for your little one’s first breath of air.

How Big is Your Baby at Six Weeks?

Your fetus measures an average of one-fifth to one-quarter of an inch – about the size of a pomegranate seed!

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Mom’s Body at 6 Weeks Pregnant

This week you are likely to find that your breasts are tender or tingling because of increased blood flow; this is a normal part of your body preparing for breastfeeding. Be sure to wear a supportive bra, even at night if it helps. you may also experience constipation because of an increase in progesterone, which slows down the digestive tract. To deal with this problem, exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet with high-fiber foods, and drink plenty of water.

If you’ve been losing your lunch lately, you’re not alone! About 70 percent of pregnant women experience some morning sickness, which is at its worst during the first trimester. Nausea is triggered by hCG, the pregnancy hormone that’s secreted right after implantation. Though you can’t prevent morning sickness, there are measures you can take to help relieve the symptoms.

6 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

  • Spotting – It’s not unusual to see some spotting at 6 weeks, but it should be light – not even enough to cover a small pantyliner. If you see a lot of blood or if the spotting lasts longer than two days, or you have any concerns be sure to see your doctor right away.

  • Cramping – This week slight cramping can be normal – it’s a sign that your uterus and the surrounding tissues are expanding to make room for your baby. If you feel pain other than cramping, contact your doctor right away.

  • Morning Sickness – If you haven’t yet had morning sickness, this is a normal time for it to arrive. Morning sickness can happen any time of day or night. You may be triggered by motion, smells, an empty stomach, or nothing at all. Crackers and other simple, starchy foods can help, so keep a little something on hand for those random bouts of nausea.

  • Exhaustion – You may feel completely exhausted, and that’s normal. Taking naps can help, in addition to little snacks and light exercise. Be sure that you’re getting plenty of iron, since too little can cause anemia and lead to tiredness.

  • Frequent Urination – It’s normal to feel like you’re running to the bathroom more often than usual.

  • Fluctuating Mood Swings – You have a few things to thank for the emotional highs and lows you may experience between now and the end of your pregnancy. Eating healthy, chatting with friends, taking naps, and engaging in light exercise are some easy ways to promote a bit of stability.

  • No Symptoms – That’s right, it’s possible to be six weeks pregnant with no symptoms whatsoever! Don’t worry though – every pregnancy is different. For example, in some cases, typical symptoms like heartburn and fatigue are too mild to notice; in others, they don’t happen at all.

6 Weeks Pregnant: Things to Consider

  • What does 6 weeks pregnant look like? Usually, not much! If you’ve been thinking about doing a week-by-week photo journal celebrating your pregnancy, now is probably a good time to start.

  • Check out your closet! Be sure you have some comfortable, stretchy clothing to wear during the coming weeks. Your body will soon start to grow, and you’ll want to stay comfy even if you’re not yet ready to transition into maternity clothes.

  • If your mind is racing and you have a lot of concerns, write them down in a pregnancy journal or make a list to share with your doctor.

  • Review your insurance policies if you haven’t done so yet. Be sure that you have the coverage you want and need.

6 Weeks Pregnant: Ask Your Doctor

  • Call your doctor right away if you experience any heavy bleeding or pain other than mild cramping.

  • Find out what to expect at your first prenatal visit.

6 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

To help with tender breasts, wear a supportive bra, even at night

Drink plenty of water, eat high-fiber foods, and exercise regularly to help avoid constipation

Combat morning sickness with smaller meals, herbal tea, or ice packs

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6 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

To help with tender breasts, wear a supportive bra, even at night

Drink plenty of water, eat high-fiber foods, and exercise regularly to help avoid constipation

Combat morning sickness with smaller meals, herbal tea, or ice packs

Sign up to get weekly pregnancy tips

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