Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy Week 6

Your Baby

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Week 6
Your baby boy or girl is close to 1/4 of an inch long this week, measuring from crown to rump. A pea is about the size of your baby now! Your baby’s legs are undeveloped (or later in pregnancy, they are curled up), so measuring from the top of the head to the end of his or her bottom is the easiest and most accurate way to measure.

Your baby just about triples in size during the coarse of this week, as he or she experiences a growth spurt. Your baby’s bottom half still looks similar to a tail, because it’s developing slower than the top half.

Recognizable physical features are starting to become apparent and the shape of your baby’s mouth, as well as the jaw line are visible. The distinct regions of your baby’s eyes and ears have appeared and they continue to form from the depressions on your baby’s head.

Your baby’s neck is taking shape, along with little limb buds. The four buds which are appearing on your baby’s body at this point will soon become arms and legs. The umbilical cord, which connects you to your unborn baby, forms now (from the stalk) along with the accompanying blood vessels within.

The heart is continuing to develop and is beating in the small bulge outside the chest cavity for now. Your baby’s little heart consists of only two chambers at this point, but soon it will have four. It is already circulating blood for your baby’s teeny tiny body. Your baby’s early brain chambers are continuing to grow and refine, along with the digestive system and all the rest of the major organ’s inside your baby’s body. Can you believe he or she has an appendix by this week?

Your Body

Your little one was conceived just about a month ago now and you”re most likely aware of your pregnancy at this point, unless your cycles are typically irregular. If you just got a positive pregnancy test, make sure to call and book your first prenatal appointment with a doctor or midwife now. They”ll want to see you within the next couple of weeks. You”re uterus is growing and there are many changes happening within your body, but by looking at you, no one can tell you’re carrying a tiny baby within your womb. You have some time before you start to “show”. Obvious physical changes are happening very slowly and you probably won’t notice any major changes to your abdomen this week, except maybe some bloating.

If you haven’t had any nausea (the dreaded “morning sickness”), you may not get through this week without waking up feeling sick to your stomach at least once. Morning sickness tends to intensify now and the following weeks, before tapering off by the beginning of the second trimester, although a few unlucky women may still get sick even beyond the first trimester; some up until delivery! Severe morning sickness is called hyperemesis gravidarum and many times requires hospitalization and IV hydration. The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown, but it seems to be related to hormones, especially hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) and the increased levels of estrogen which are produced during pregnancy.

Soda crackers may be your best friend, particularly in the morning before getting out of bed. It’s best to eliminate fatty and fried foods from your diet, if you’re suffering from morning sickness, since they take longer to digest and may irritate your stomach. Some women crave sour or bitter tastes such as lemon, which may be quite calming to your system. The smell of lemons is also thought to be helpful in relieving morning sickness. Ginger is another possible nausea reliever, but it’s best to consult with your doctor or midwife before taking herbs of any kind. If you think your prenatal vitamins are to blame for your upset stomach, you could be correct, because sometimes the iron in vitamin supplements can be bothersome during pregnancy, therefore your doctor or midwife may want to switch you to a supplement containing a lower dose of iron, at least during the first trimester.

You should be eating a healthy, well-balanced diet during your pregnancy. It is very important, especially now that your baby’s organ development is going through such a critical stage, to eat foods that promote growth. What you eat when you’re pregnant plays a vital role in the development of your baby and the consequences of malnourishment and a poor diet may include health problems for your unborn baby. A healthy diet has been found to decrease the risk of miscarriage, along with the possibility of preterm labor, in addition to lowering the odds of your baby being born with a low birth weight or birth defects.

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