Pregnancy Calendar Week 6 – Baby’s Face Getting In Shape
You are now pregnant and now waiting for the next phase of development. The pregnancy hormones are overdrive that brings about a range of changes to your body. Read what’s waiting up for you in this week of pregnancy.
So you and your partner have spread the news of your pregnancy. At week 6, pregnancy is still a new thing to you so it would be completely normal to feel a bit emotional. But if you add those uncomfortable symptoms getting more intense, the feeling would be downright miserable.
But this is perhaps the time to adjust to your next phase of pregnancy and of course, the tiny one growing inside needs time to get all his or her organs in working order.
Your body this week
At 6 weeks, you still won’t look pregnant, your uterus is growing. The rapidly developing baby inside will gradually take up a lot of space. This might press on your bladder and force you to rush to the bathrooms more than normal. This is because the amount of blood pumped by the heart per minute increases by 30-50 percent during pregnancy. This boost starts at week 6 and the peak time is between 16-28 weeks.
As the baby grows, the amount of estrogen and hCG hormones also increases. Presently, the hCG levels will double up every 2-3 days and maxing out at week 10. This results in the classic symptoms of nausea and vomiting. According to research, 80 percent of women will experience first trimester morning sickness.
While it is dubbed as morning sickness, nausea and vomiting can occur anytime during the 24 hour period. Some women may experience extreme cases of morning sickness known as ‘hyperemesis gravidarum’ which begins at around 6th week and peaks at 12-14 weeks.
Other symptoms in this week include:
- Frequent urination
- Gas and bloating
- Sore or swollen breasts
- Irritability or feeling emotional
- Large and dark areolas around the nipples
One important thing to mention here is the urinary tract infection (UTI). Though urgency of frequent urination is a normal side effect of pregnancy, you might not be aware that you have an infection. So, it’s important to pay heed to UTI signs such as:
- Pain and burning during urination
- Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
- Blood or mucus in the urine
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Your baby this week
Stepping into the 6th week, your baby’s brain and nervous system are growing rapidly. Another major change would be the beating of the heart which can be detected on ultrasound. Besides, baby’s face has begun taking shape, the cheeks and jaw are started to form.
The baby’s limbs are just small buds and would soon take the form of arms and legs. The spinal cord is also growing at a rapid pace but in this week, it still appears to be a tail. Apart from this, respiratory and digestive systems are also developing at the same time.
Size and appearance
From crown to rump, the baby is still a half inch in size or say, a sweet pea or the size of a grain of rice. The tadpole looking embryo features two unique black spots on each side known as optic vesicles which will later on, form into eyes.
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is the key to a healthy baby and smooth delivery. This week certain foods such as egg can drive your mind crazy and you would avoid even sighting it. However, you can stick to the foods you can tolerate. Many women crave on saltline crackers and end up getting out of bed due to morning sickness.
You can add following items to your healthy eating schedule:
- Eat light snacks filled with protein and carbs before going to bed.
- Handful of freeze dried mangoes
- Eat foods with lots of fiber
- Avoid swordfish (tega) as these contain high mercury content
- Avoid raw or undercooked foods
- Eat foods rich in folate such as oranges, leafy greens and cereals
As this is the time when morning sickness kicks in, help her to cope with this symptom. Women sometimes find delicious aromas as offensive and downright sickening. So try not to make such environment around her whether its eggs or sausages or any such thing that can drive her crazy.
Though your first prenatal visit is 2-3 weeks away, you must start gathering information that your gynecologist would be asking you. These include your last menstrual date, details of past pregnancies or miscarriages, prescribed medications you are taking and past hospitalization.
However, some women might be ordered to go for an early transvaginal ultrasound. This is especially necessary if you have prior miscarriages or difficulty conceiving in last pregnancies. At 6 weeks, ultrasound is generally not recommended, but if you are lucky enough you can hear the sound of your baby’s heartbeat.
Tips for the week
Healthy eating and coping with the symptoms is part of the overall commitment. Below tips can make a whole lot of difference:
- Eat small frequent meals instead of big three meals. This will ease the feeling of nausea and vomiting.
- Avoid certain odours or warm environment as these things can increase nausea
- Don’t lie down straight away after eating
- Keep taking your multivitamins with folic acid supplements
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Get yourself moving as exercise can be great not only for your mind and body but also in taming constipation
- Skip caffeine and find alternative such as juices
- Avoid spicy and greasy foods and instead, go for a bland diet for easy digestion
- Adjust your taste buds by having nausea-reducing lozenges or ginger capsules.
Pregnancy can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. It’s better to have all the information that can take away worries from your head. Moreover, as your pregnancy is confirmed you want it to sail through 9 months easily. So in case you have any unusual symptoms such as pain or burning during urination or severe abdominal pain, you must talk to your doctor without delay.
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