What to expect at 6 weeks pregnant? During the sixth week of pregnancy, your baby is already the size of a peppercorn, and his heart is the size of a tiny poppy seed. Many of the organs have already started to take shape, and at this point, your little one still looks similar to a tadpole rather than a human.
But worry not — there’s no frog in your future! The baby’s ears and nose (those you’ll keep kissing in eight months) are developing, and soon your little one will start looking more like a human.
When you’re 6 weeks pregnant, many of the symptoms you’re experiencing are similar to those during week 5.
At this time, you are probably feeling “hormonal,” and both morning sickness and tirednesshave probably become more intense. You may feel the urge to sleep until late in the morning, and also feel sleepy throughout the day. But it’s okay — lay in the bed whenever you feel like doing it, and avoid working too much if you can’t keep up with your job due to fatigue.
During week 6, mood swings are extremely common — you may feel moody one day, and joyful the next; and you may wake up totally calm today, and cranky tomorrow. Ricocheting emotions are due to hormonal changes in your body, and are absolutely normal, so no need to stress about it. Truth be told, a baby will bring a world of changes in your life — and who wouldn’t have mixed feelings about that?
Up to a quarter of pregnant woman have light spotting during the first trimester of pregnancy. Light blood spots on your underwear are normal, but if you experience heavier bleeding, contact your doctor or midwife as soon as possible. Even if everything is okay, it’s still a good idea to make sure both you and your baby are healthy.
Your Baby at 6 Weeks
How big is a baby at 6 weeks? Week 6 can be extremely exciting for mommies-to-be. That’s because the baby’s ears and nose have started to take shape already, and his/her heart is beating at around 160 beats per minute, which is twice your heartbeat. This can be detected through an ultrasound — and be prepared to feel the thrills down your back!
The embryo is covered in a thin layer of “see-through” skin, and fetus organs are also in place by this time. The baby’s arms and legs have started to develop as well, and they now look similar to small buds. Dark spots will now show up where the eyes and nose are forming, with small depressions where the ears are developing. His intestines are also developing, and so is the bud of tissue that will give “birth” to his lungs. The pituitary gland is also in the process of development. At this point, the brain, muscles, and bones have already appeared. Right now, your little one is almost the size of a peppercorn— and he keeps growing at a furious pace every day!
Ultrasound Images of 6 Week Pregnancy
Bellies at 6 Weeks
Make sure you’re eating healthy — that is, natural foods with fewer calories and carbohydrates, and especially fruits and vegetables. If you haven’t already, quit smoking immediately, as this sets you up for premature birth and low birth weight. Also, alcohol may severely harm your baby.
You may also want to schedule several appointments with your doctor over the course of the next few weeks, and organize your calendar accordingly. Rest accordingly if tiredness is overwhelming, and go to the bathroom as often as needed. Frequent urination is very common during week 6. Lay down if you experience severe stomach cramps.
Also, try not to stress too much, as this may have a negative impact on the baby’s development.