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At six weeks, you are still adjusting to first-trimester symptoms. You might even be unsure that you’re 6 weeks pregnant. Don’t worry! You’ll know more about what to expect and how to prepare below.
How Big Is My Baby Now?
At 6 weeks pregnant, your baby is just as big as a pea. It is not at all noticeable from the outside because your belly remains the same size as before. However, your baby is rapidly getting bigger as the days roll by.
My Baby’s Development
Week 6’s major development is the formation of an oversized head. On this formation, there will be dark spots where the eyes, nose, and mouth will be. The ears will develop from the tiny depressions on both sides of the head.
The growing bones and muscles are also starting to give shape to the baby. The brain is also starting to develop, beginning with the pituitary gland. Tiny tissues are also forming; internal organs such as the intestines and lungs will form from these.
What Is My Baby Doing?
Besides developing in your womb, your baby is still not doing much at this point. Your little pea is somehow moving inside you as he or she prepares to take up a larger space. But, these movements won’t be strong enough for you to feel because the organs are not yet fully formed.
If your pregnancy has no complications, you are not yet due for a full belly ultrasound at week6. But if you go for one, the doctor will detect the baby’s heartbeat. It beats at around 150 to 160 times per minute, a rate that is twice as fast yours.
My Changing Body – Week 6
Your hormones are going wild now that you are 6 weeks pregnant. The spike in estrogen and progesterone will trigger mood swings as you’ve never had before. The frequent switches between bright and gloomy emotions may unsettle you and cause anxiety or depression. Seek professional advice if your bleak mood lasts longer than two weeks.
You may also experience bleeding (also known as spotting) after urinating. While it happens to 25 percent of pregnant women, it may be a red flag for miscarriage. As always, call your OB if you experience spotting.
Frequent Visits to the RestroomIf you don’t frequently pee, then prepare for periodic trips to the toilet. Frequent urination is one of the signs of conception. At six weeks, your pregnancy hormones are sending extra blood to your pelvic area; thus, you will pee more often.
Heavy/ Full BreastsYou might also notice your breasts becoming fuller during this week. For some, they may experience soreness in the area. Even this early, your body is preparing to breastfeed your baby!
FatigueAs your baby grows in your belly, you might feel that you tire more quickly than usual. You might want to sleep more and skip your usual activities.
How Is My Life Changing?
You might have to forego several social activities, especially during your first trimester. If you smoke or drink alcohol or coffee, you’ll need to drop these habits.
You might also notice yourself slowly transitioning into a homemaker. If you don’t stay at home for long periods, it might be a huge adjustment on your part. Just keep in mind that these sacrifices are for your little one. Soon, it will all be worth it.
Week 6 Mommy Checklist
Buy a Maternity BraAs your breasts start to get bigger during this week, it’s best to start investing in a maternity bra. To be practical, be sure to look for maternity bras that may also be appropriate for breastfeeding.
Prepare For BreastfeedingIf you prefer to breastfeed your child, you may start buying breastfeeding stuff, including breastfeeding pads, storage bags, and pump. If this is your first pregnancy, you should educate yourself on how to breastfeed your child properly. Enroll in breastfeeding lectures and practical workshops to make your breastfeeding journey a breeze.
Tips For The Partners
As your partner will easily get tired and worn out during this week, you need to take on more responsibilities around the house. You also need to know that all these changes are mainly due to the hormones.
A Sneak Peek to Your Seventh Week
As you advance in your pregnancy journey, you will be experiencing more changes in your body in the coming weeks. For your seventh week of pregnancy, your baby’s facial features start to become more prominent.
Meanwhile, you will also begin to experience food cravings and/or food aversion (if you are not experiencing them yet). Check out next week’s article for more tips in dealing with week 7 of your pregnancy journey.