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6 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

6 Weeks Pregnant

6 Weeks Pregnant
6 Weeks Pregnant

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.

Your Baby at 6 Weeks

  • 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.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 6

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Top Tip for 6 Weeks Pregnant

Call to make your first prenatal appointment as soon as you can. The doctor’s office will probably schedule it for 8 or 9 weeks.

Pregnancy Symptoms at 6 Weeks

  • Morning sickness: Nausea and vomiting tend to appear (in more than half of women) as pregnancy hormones flood your system around weeks 6 to 8, and subside around 12 to 16 weeks. 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, vitamin B supplements, lemonade 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: No wonder you’re wiped out! Your body’s working on creating a human and getting used to those pregnancy hormones. 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. But this is just the beginning.

Soon, the milk ducts will expand, thanks to a surge of estrogen, and you could find yourself heading to the store to buy a bigger bra. Look for one that easily adjusts or stretches because the girls might keep growing. Stretch marks could be a byproduct of all that expansion.

The estrogen can also make your nipples and areolas noticeably darker, and more bumpy. Your veins may get more visible under your skin, since your blood volume is getting a major boost.

Fast forward to month three, when your boobs start producing colostrum, a thick yellowish milk that’ll be baby’s first food (in the first few days, before the real milk comes in). Then you might experience some actual leaking, in which case nursing pads can help prevent any from leaking through to your clothes.

Spotting During Pregnancy

A little bit of blood can make any mom-to-be freak out 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.

Spotting can happen because of:

  • Implantation: Implantation is when the embryo attaches itself to the wall of the uterus (a good thing), usually at about 4 weeks.
  • Vaginal sex: Your cervix is a bit more sensitive than usual, so it could get irritated from the friction.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: The ultrasound wand could cause the same type of irritation as sex can.
  • Overdoing it: Spotting could be your body’s signal to take it easier after lifting something too heavy or exercising too hard.

That’s not all though, so definitely let your doc know if you experience spotting or bleeding, so they can check you out and hopefully rule out any problems.

6 Hormones to Help You Make a Baby

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What’s a hormone anyway? Think of it as a chemical message from your endocrine system to the rest of your body. Even when you’re not pregnant, hormones control your appetite, sleep, sex drive—basically everything in your bod. When you get pregnant, your hormones turn your body into a baby maker with some fun side effects too.

Here’s a run-down of the hormones that change in your body when you get pregnant:

  • The human chorionic gonadotropin pregnancy hormone (hCG) tells your body that you’re pregnant. (HCG is also the pregnancy hormone that over-the-counter pregnancy tests detect.)
  • Progesterone plays a key role in your pregnancy in preparing your breasts to make milk and relaxing your uterus, but also making you feel bloated and tired.
  • Estrogen, during pregnancy, helps the uterus grow and jumpstarts fetal development.
  • Relaxin keeps your uterus relaxed during the first trimester and accelerates the growth of your placenta. It also makes your ligaments relax for childbirth.
  • Oxytocin (pronounced oxy-toh-son), the so-called love hormone, floods your brain during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding and pretty much gives you the warm and fuzzies.
  • Prolactin helps your body produce milk (pro = for and lactin = milk).

Read more about what else these hormones do and when they matter most.

Your 6 Weeks Pregnant Belly

At 6 weeks pregnant, you probably don’t look pregnant, but you may be starting to feel different. Even then, it can take a while for the news to set in!

Some parents-to-be enjoy keeping the pregnancy a sweet secret for now, since before you know it, people won’t be able to ignore your growing belly. Can’t keep a secret? For others, it can be a struggle to not shout the news from the rooftops. The taboo around the 12-week rule is fading, so you should feel comfortable telling close family and friends if you want.

Be ready to wear looser, slightly more comfortable clothes if possible. Even though you might not “show” until the second trimester, you may put on a few pounds in these early weeks and experience some bloating that will make your go-to jeans tough to button.

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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.


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Week 6 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Tell your close family or a close friend you’re pregnant, if you haven’t already. It’s comforting to have a confidant in addition to your partner.
  • Make a drugstore run to stock up on a few morning sickness essentials: ginger or lemon drops, saltine crackers, mints, lemonade, ginger ale or Gatorade could help. Keep a stash in your bedside and in your purse.
  • Reorganize your medicine cabinet with everything that’s pregnancy-safe on a separate shelf that you can easily access. Throw out or clearly mark anything that’s off-limits.
  • 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, so you don’t forget a thing.
  • Get extra rest. The fatigue and nausea of the first trimester may be ramping up.
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