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6 Weeks Pregnant
August 5, 2019

6 Weeks Pregnant

6 Weeks Pregnant.
6 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 6 Weeks?

Your baby is 0.15 inches long and weighs about 0.04 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Tiny Chiclet Gum.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 6 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 6 Weeks

Though it’s still very early, baby’s starting to develop lots of new things, including circulation and a tiny heartbeat.

  • Scrunched up: Your tadpole-like baby has, yes, a tail (it’ll go away soon) and sits scrunched up, which is why doctors measure them head-to-rump for now.
  • Circulation: Blood has already started circulating, and a faint heartbeat can sometimes be seen on an ultrasound (if not this week, then really soon)—it’s beating at about 150 times a minute to be exact. 💗
  • Starting on arms and legs: Making their debut this week are tiny buds that will eventually grow into your baby’s arms and legs.
  • Safe haven: It’s easy to forget, but your baby isn’t the only thing your body is making right now. The placenta, amniotic sac and umbilical cord are key to growing a healthy little one, and they are maturing this week to fully take on their responsibilities.

6 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 6

Photo by Tommy’s

Your Body: 6 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Now that you’re 6 weeks pregnant, you’ll want to call to make your first prenatal appointment. The doctor’s office will probably schedule it for 8 or 9 weeks.

Here’s what may be happening with your body this week:

  • Morning sickness: Pregnancy hormones start to flood your system around weeks 6 to 8, and subside around 12 to 16 weeks, bringing with them nausea and vomiting (in more than half of women). Six to 10 weeks is a long time to feel sick, so troubleshoot what makes you feel better, like eating small meals more often throughout the day (including first thing in the a.m.), ginger candy, morning sickness lollipops, lemon sparkling water or salty chips. If it’s really bad, talk to your doctor.
  • Food aversions: Maybe you usually love burritos but now can’t be in the same room as them. The same hormones that cause nausea can heighten your sense of smell, causing some pretty strong food aversions.
  • Food cravings: On the flip side, you might find yourself longing for foods you wouldn’t normally pick. Apple juice and fried chicken? Yes, please! Sure, it’s a cliche that pregnant women love pickles and ice cream, but strange cravings are totally real—three in four pregnant women say have said they had them. No one knows exactly why. Just try to indulge in your cravings without going overboard.
  • Fatigue: Your body’s working on creating a human and getting used to those pregnancy hormones. No wonder you’re wiped out! Totally OK to get some extra rest right now. You should get your energy back in the second trimester.
  • Weird dreams: Also totally normal to be having wackier, scarier or more vivid dreams than you did pre-pregnancy. Doctors say the rise in progesterone can cause insomnia, messing with your usual REM cycles. (Late in pregnancy, it could be stress, snoring or the need to pee that keeps you up.) When you wake in the middle of a sleep cycle, you’re more likely to remember your crazy dream.
  • Your boobs and pregnancy: Right now, increased blood flow and the beginning of milk gland development are probably making your breasts super sore or tender. Supportive bras and tanks can help them feel better, as can trading underwires for soft cups.
  • Spotting: A little bit of blood can be nerve-racking but spotting during pregnancy doesn’t always mean there’s a problem. In fact, 20 percent of pregnant women have spotting in the first trimester, and it’s not usually a sign of an issue. Spotting means it’s lighter than a typical period—just a few drops here and there, as opposed to a flow—and the blood can be red, pink or brown. It wouldn’t be enough blood to cover a panty liner. If you’re experiencing more than that, or are concerned, be sure to call your healthcare provider.
  • No symptoms: Though the majority of pregnant women start to feel symptoms around 6 weeks pregnant, some don’t. Some don’t experience any morning sickness at all during their first trimester.

Fun Fact

During pregnancy, your uterus expands up to 500 times its original size. And it’ll take only 6 weeks post-pregnancy to shrink back to it.

Your Life at 6 Weeks Pregnant

Don’t feel pregnant yet? That’s OK! You will as the weeks go by. In the meantime, distractions help, as do good friends.

  • Top tip: Phone a friend! You may not be ready to share your news with the world, but if you’re comfortable with the idea, telling a close friend can provide essential support during the early weeks. Make it someone you trust, of course, but also consider another parent or parent-to-be. Most of them, regardless of their children’s ages, will be eager to support you.
  • Gear to consider: Bloating is real, and thanks to the extra progesterone pumping through your system, it typically starts long before your belly actually shows. Get coomfy with a pair of pants you can slip on as soon as you walk in the door. An elastic waist will give you room to grow. Check out the ASOS maternity section, Motherhood or Amazon for cute but affordable options.
  • Tackle your to-do list: After week 6 is when the majority of women start to feel those first trimester symptoms (read morning sickness and fatigue). So if you’re still feeling up to it, try to knock something off your list of to-dos. Clean out your closet, organize your pantry or finish up a small home-improvement project before your energy wanes.
  • Books we love: The first trimester can drag, especially when you don’t feel well. Pass the time with a book series so good you won’t be able to stop until you’re done. Outlander, Game of Thrones or the Harry Potter series will keep you hooked for weeks. And when you’re done with the books, you can binge the TV and movie versions.

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6 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Tell a close friend or family member you’re pregnant. It’s comforting to have a confidant to share and commiserate with during the early weeks.
  • Stock up on a few morning sickness essentials: ginger or lemon drops, saltine crackers, mints, ginger ale or Gatorade could help. Keep a stash in your bedside and in your purse.
  • Start taking your prenatal vitamin if you haven’t already. Too nauseated to swallow one? Check out gummies or chewables.
  • Add your OB office to your cell phone contacts.
  • Start a list of your biggest pregnancy questions that you can ask your doc at your first appointment.
  • Get extra rest. The fatigue and nausea of the first trimester may be ramping up.
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