6 Weeks Pregnant
— The most critical period for pregnancy symptoms
The fetal size in a 6 weeks pregnant woman is about the size of a lentil. When you performed an ultrasound scan, you will better understand the size of the fetus. From pregnancy week 6, the growth of the baby takes a rapid development.
You will experience some major discomfort during this week. You may experience mild abdominal bloating, if it is accompanied with constant pain, you should consult the doctor.
From pregnancy week 6, your body starts gaining weight and retaining more fluid, so it makes your figure look fuller. There are still various things to be happening in 6 weeks pregnant woman. Read on to know more…
Symptoms experienced by a 6 weeks pregnant woman:
Symptoms are almost similar to the previous weeks, but the severity may increase with week by week. You may feel slightly unpleasant symptoms and they make you feel ill.
This is the period for most women to notice spotting, so it is recommended to see your healthcare provider. This week, you may also notice a white-yellow vaginal discharge and for some women this will continue until the child birth. If you notice any change in its color or odor, you should consult the doctor.
Emotional carousel is the contradictory state of the mind and is experienced by most of the 6 weeks pregnant women. In this state, laughter and tears come one after the other and is very likely to happen with most mothers to be.
The severity of nausea and morning sickness will become more during this week. You may experience morning sickness and the sensation of upset stomach for the whole day. If vomiting becomes worse, it is suggested to visit the doctor because too much fluid loss can cause damage to your baby.
The effect of these complications will be more in women who are overweight or women who become pregnant during their early ages.
Some pregnant women are at risk of constipation, so consuming enough fruits and vegetables is very much essential. Consuming high fiber diet can also help in reducing nausea and constipation.
Physical changes that occur in a 6 weeks pregnant woman:
You will notice a slight increase in your waist size and your jeans may not fit you properly. Wearing comfortable clothes can help to avoid the discomfort. Generally, pregnant women gain up to 5 pounds during the whole first trimester.
During pregnancy, the urge to urinate will become more, so wearing comfortable clothes can make you feel easy, particularly when you go out. The size of the uterus starts growing and from this week onwards some of your clothes will get tighter.
Here are few tips to avoid the discomfort during pregnancy:
- Take plenty of rest
- Avoid fatty foods
- Drink lots of fluids
- Eat smaller meals more frequently instead of taking large ones
- Take regular prenatal vitamins
- Don’t eat regular foods, focus on changing your diet and observe how you feel every time
- Focus on the positive aspects and remember that your mind state will influence the baby inside you
- Don’t be on empty stomach or fuller stomach, either of these make nausea more severe
Fetal changes that occur in a 6 weeks pregnant woman:
At the start of week 6 the length of your baby is no greater than 2-4mm (0.08 – 0.16 inches) from the top of its head to its rump. The crown-rump dimension, rather than the crown-toe dimension is used since your baby’s legs turn up towards the body in uterus, making it hard to find an exact crown-toe measurement.
This week is the period for rapid cellular development for the baby-to-be, who looks like a mini tadpole. The baby’s eyes, mouth and ears have already started the development. The dark spots on the face will become eyes and nostrils and the holes on the head will become ears.
One more exciting development with your baby during pregnancy week 6 is the heart. The heart starts beating to a normal beat about 100-140 beats per minute, which is double that of an adult, but it is too faint to hear at this time.
The arm and leg buds look like teensy swollen bumps at this period. In few days, they will resemble itsy-bitsy flippers. The trunk and neck development starts this week. Development of kidney and liver will become rapid. Blood circulation starts inside the baby’s body.
Neural tube that connects the brain with spinal cord will be closed by this weekend and the cerebral development of the baby starts.
In 6 weeks pregnant woman, 40 blocks of tissues will develop along the middle line of embryo. Later they will form conjunctive tissues, back and rib muscles and also muscles at the sides. As the muscle development starts this week, the baby will make the first movement when you are 6 weeks pregnant. You may not notice the baby movements, but it is the beginning of the baby’s activity inside the uterus.
What care should be taken for a 6 weeks pregnant woman?
Try to decrease the stress levels as it can make the pregnancy symptoms even worse. Taking enough rest and thinking in a positive manner will help to decrease few symptoms, such as morning sickness, fatigue, back pain, headaches, neck pain, etc. So, it is essential to take time out for relaxation and medications.
Joining prenatal yoga classes will help a lot during pregnancy. Enjoy the pregnancy period and try to do the things that you thought you might never do, obviously before doing any activity bear in mind that there is a little baby growing inside you.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about exciting things during pregnancy week 7…