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Week 6 of pregnancy

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Week 6 is another interesting phase in your pregnancy wherein your baby is furiously growing and receiving nourishment from your placenta.  The usual pregnancy symptoms will continue to exist with some new experiences. So let’s figure out what awaits in week 6 of pregnancy


Your baby at week 6 of pregnancy

Your baby will exactly be like a sweet pea, and is certainly an embryo still. It heart has taken shape and is rapidly beating and developing. By the mid week your baby’s head will be forming which will contain the brain chambers. It will look over sized in an ultrasonography image. Some dark spots can be seen on the head portion which are nothing but the sites from where the eyes, nose and ears will be emerging. In the other end of neural tube, buds like things are visible which will form arms and limbs soon. 

It resembles the alphabet C with a distinct big head and a seemingly tail. In the 6th week of your pregnancy, your baby will be measure around 2-4mm (0.08 - 0.16 inches).


What will you experience in the 6th week?

Physical changes inside your body

The amniotic sac is fully developed and as said before, your baby receives nutrition and nourishment from it.  The placenta is extended to form the umbilical cord which is made up of 2 arteries and a single vein. 

It’s important to understand the significance of the umbilical cord. The arteries carry deoxygenated blood and waste products, such as carbon dioxide, from your baby back to the placenta while the single vein carries blood rich in oxygen and nutrients from you to your baby.

Mood swings, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, etc. continues...

Early pregnancy days are of course a mixed phase marked by mood swings. There would be moments of joy and some degree of sadness or depression which is quite normal.

Food aversions and increased sensitivity to smell continues...

Yes, by now you are quite familiar with the symptoms. They will bother you until your first trimester is over.

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Breast changes

Darkening of areola, increase in breast size and breast tenderness are characteristics of 6th week pregnancy. 

Frequent  urination

This is something you have bear with right from the 6th week due to the increase in size of your baby and uterus which exert pressure on your bladder.

Bloating, gas, indigestion, heartburn

First, your bulging stomach is putting pressure on your oesophageal sphincter, causing the stomach acids to move up. The hormonal changes and your random eating habits would contribute to bloating and gas.


Tests during week 6 of pregnancy

Be prepared for the series of prenatal tests at 6th week. Your blood will be tested for hCG levels, blood type and Rh factor. Screening tests will be done for anaemia; immunity to rubella, STDs (HIV, Chlamydia, etc.), Hepatitis B, etc.  

Urine tests would be done to check for infections and gestational diabetes. Apart from these, physical examination of your body and a pap smear might be done.


Safety tips for pregnant moms in 6th week
  • Do not smoke, drink or indulge in illegal drugs or any other habits that can harm your baby.
  •  Try to eat something in morning like crackers, ginger candies or biscuits to deal with morning nausea
  •  Do not exert your body, be careful of your movement to prevent accidental falls
  •  Take your prenatal vitamins, eat healthy and listen to your doctor
  •  Let your doctor know immediately if you observe bleeding from your vagina or experience abdominal pain

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 16, 2014

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