How Many Months Pregnant Are You At 6 Weeks?
At six weeks, you are in the second month of pregnancy.
How Big Is Your Baby In Week 6 Of Pregnancy?
Baby Development At Week 6
Here is how the baby is developing this week:
|Head and upper body (3)||Well developed|
|Eyes||Begin to form|
|Heart (4)||It is in a tubular form. Beats at a regular rhythm (100-120 bpm) (5)|
|Blood vessels||Blood is pumped through the vessels|
|Brain (6)||Cerebral cortex appears. Cranial nerves are developing|
|Spinal cord||Neurons form the connections for communication, called synapses|
|Ear||The external part of the ear begins to take shape|
|Neck||Parathyroid glands are formed|
|Mouth||Salivary glands begin to appear|
|Intestine||A portion begins to protrude outside the abdominal cavity|
|Kidney||The adrenal cortex is formed over each kidney|
|Pancreas||Begins production of glucagon|
|Limbs (7)||Limb buds start to appear|
As a tiny life grows inside you, your body also begins to change.
What Symptoms Do You Experience In The 6th week Of Pregnancy?
The below symptoms are noticeable during week 6 of pregnancy:
- Morning sickness due to the changes in the hormonal levels. In women carrying multiples, the symptom can be more severe.
- A heightened sense of smell and aversion to certain smells.
- Fatigue and a general feeling of being tired.
- Lightheadedness due to fluctuations in blood pressure levels.
- Constipation, as the progesterone hormone relaxes the digestive tract muscles and slows down the process of digestion.
- The body produces excess saliva to neutralize the acidic content that your mouth gets exposed to due to morning sickness.
- Food cravings
- Vaginal discharge, of thick white mucus.
- Frequent urination
- Mood swings
- Cramps and spotting
- Breasts become tender due to the increased blood flow, as the body prepares for breastfeeding.
When To Call Your Doctor
If you notice the following symptoms, then call the doctor right away (10):
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic pain, other than mild cramping
- Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
- Dark-colored urine or painful or less-frequent urination
- Vomiting that lasts longer than 24 hours
- Dizziness or a feeling that you’re going to pass out or faint
If you do not have any complications, then you can schedule a regular doctor’s visit if it is due.
Your OB/GYN Visit
This week, the doctor may ask you about the following:
- The LMP (last menstrual period) date.
- Family history and allergies to medicines or foods.
- Any medications that you are taking.
The preliminary tests done this week include:
- The blood test to find the blood group and the Rh factor. This test helps you know if you are Rh negative and the baby is Rh positive; in this case, your antibodies can destruct the proteins in the fetal red blood cells. This can be dangerous for the fetus. A blood test also checks for (11):
- Hepatitis B, syphilis, and HIV
- Anemia (lower count of red blood cells)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Immunity to chickenpox (varicella) and German measles (rubella) (looks for the antigens)
- Urine test helps determine the protein and sugar level.
- Blood pressure and weight are checked.
- A vaginal examination, called Pap smear test, is done if you are due for it. The cervix will be dabbed with a cotton swab, and the sample will be tested to check for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.
- An ultrasound done in this week will show two fetal poles in the case of twin pregnancy.
In addition to learning about the different stages of pregnancy, following a healthy lifestyle is imperative for a better experience.
Tips For Mom-to-be
- Eat healthily and include fiber-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, cereals, nuts, whole-grain bread, and bran to avoid constipation. Also, consume lean meat and dairy products that are rich in proteins.
- Engage in moderate exercises like walking.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Take multivitamins that include folic acid. Folic acid prevents birth defects.
- Eat smaller meals at regular intervals to relieve morning sickness. Eating saltine crackers before getting out of the bed can help.
- Do not consume excess alcohol, caffeine (less than or equal to 300mg/d) (12), drugs, or tobacco. If possible, avoid them altogether.
- Supportive bras can help relieve breast tenderness.
- Avoid spicy and fatty foods.
- Do not lie down soon after a meal.
- Take naps in between, to fight off the fatigue.
- Spend time with your loved ones.
A little help from your partner can make pregnancy easier for you.
Tips For Dad-to-be
- Be with your wife during the appointments.
- Celebrate with dinner dates.
- Create a happy environment in the home.
- Be patient and try to understand the situation.
- Help with the household chores.
- Discuss parenthood plans.
This journey through the first-trimester is associated with the crucial development of your baby. Physical and emotional ups and downs are frequent this week, but will eventually tone down and disappear. Keep all the worries at bay and try to enjoy this marvelous journey to parenthood by taking the best care of yourself.
[ Read: 7th Week Of Pregnancy ]
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