Pregnancy: Week 6

At week six, you are now halfway done with your first trimester and will likely be feeling many of the stereotypical pregnancy symptoms.

Physiological Development

Your baby is now shaped like a “C” and still looks like a tadpole, albeit one with a large bulbous head. Even though it’s only about the size of a pomegranate seed, its nervous system and brain are quickly developing and heart is pumping blood at a rate that is twice that of your own. Facial features, like eyes, are forming, and arms and legs are beginning to bud. A thin layer of skin has formed, as have the baby’s teeth.

Week 6 Ultrasound

Often at week six, a fetal heartbeat can be detected by vaginal ultrasound. At this point, you’ll be able to clearly see where the embryo is located and if it is in the correct place. If you’re having an ectopic pregnancy, which is when the embryo implants in the fallopian tube, this can be determined at this stage in the pregnancy by looking at the blood flow patterns. Both the gestational and yolk sacs are visible, as is the fetal pole, which is the shape of the embryo.

Changes in You

By week six, you should be fully feeling your pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness, which is a misnomer, because it can strike at any time of day, and all of the nausea, queasiness, and vomiting that comes with it is in full force. You’ll also likely find that you are running to the bathroom much more frequently, which is irritating, but better than vomiting. Your breasts are becoming increasingly tender. You are at the mercy of your hormones, which are roller coaster-ing, which is what causes you to experience such symptoms. You’ll also notice that your moods are swinging like crazy—that’s the hormones as well.

What You Should Be Doing

Your body is working overtime to help your baby grow and develop, which is the cause of the fatigue you are very likely feeling as you read this sentence. You should be getting plenty of rest and going to bed early. You should not be dying your hair with permanent hair color, nor should you be eating more than 8 to 12 oz. of seafood per week.

The End of Week 6

As you enter week seven, you’ll be past the halfway point of your first trimester and well on your way to the second. Continue exercising, eating healthy, and refraining from smoking and drinking as this is a critical stage of development for your baby.

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