Are you 1-6 weeks pregnant? Here is everything you need to know for a safe delivery

If you are 6 weeks pregnant, it means your baby will have grown to the size of an orange seed; the tiny but beautiful creature sits in your tummy. At the stage, your little one is developing both internal and external features. For instance, it’s at this stage; the neural tube starts to close over what will become the spinal cord.

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In this piece, we will be answering many questions relating to 6 weeks of pregnancy, the symptoms, tips, and so much more.

You didn’t stumble upon this page; the sixth week is an important milestone for you or your loved one. Curiosity doesn’t always hurt. How many days in 6 weeks? Yep! That’s 42 days; meaning you are 42 days pregnant.

Your baby’s development

Interestingly, at this stage, the areas that will become ears and eyes have started projecting as bumps. These tiny buds are forming that will eventually develop into arms and legs. In the sixth week, the little heartbeat of about 105 beats per minute would be detected via ultrasound. The brain and nervous system will form fast. The facial features such as the nose, mouth, and outer ears will start to take shape. In a few weeks, the breathing tube will finally form, paving the way for your little one’s first breathe. Externally taking shape are the kidneys, lungs, heart, and liver.

Multiple babies’ development in week 6

Unlike having a baby growing in you, having multiple babies developing in could expose you to pregnancy complications. Some of these complications include:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Anemia.
  • Obstetric cholestasis.
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Gestational diabetes.
  • Preterm labor.
  • Delayed fetal growth.
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

Having a twin pregnancy requires a different form of treatment. You may need frequent medical checkups, and you will face certain restrictions. You should also prepare for earlier birth via CS (cesarean). Having twin babies means you typically gain more weight. You will also need more nutrients compared to carrying one baby. These nutrients include:

  • Calcium.
  • Iron.
  • Protein
  • Folic Acid.

In summary

  • Facial features

Your little one’s facial features will start to form. The chin, cheeks, and jaws will start to build.

  • Fetal position

Your baby currently has a tadpole shape with its tiny tail tucked up and little forearms. After all, it’s not called a fetal position for anything.

  • Heartbeat

The heart has started to beat between the fifth week. On an ultrasound, you’ll be able to detect her heartbeat.

Changes in your body

You will start to notice mild changes in your body; it is at this stage your pregnancy hormones are in overdrive – it kicks in fast. 6-week pregnancy will cause some physical changes.

Yes! People won’t notice the changes happening to your body yet. However, your uterus is growing; most times, pressing against your bladder – now you know why you are always rushing to the bathroom. The fully grown uterus is not the only reason why you keep frequenting the bathroom; an increase in blood flow also contributes to that too.

On the sixth week, your breast may feel tender or achy to touch due to blood flow; it’s normal for your body to prepare for breastfeeding when there is a child growing in you. To ease the pain, wear a supportive bra. Due to an increase in progesterone; which slows down one’s digestive tract, you may experience constipation. 

Exercising regularly will help you deal with constipation regularly while also eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water.

Did you know 85 per cent of pregnant women experience morning sickness? This mostly happens in the first trimester. Nausea can be connected to an increased level of hCG, which is a hormone your body produces when one is pregnant. Morning sickness can’t be prevented; you can only make do with the fact that the symptoms alleviate after the first trimester.

6 weeks pregnant symptoms

The joy that comes with being pregnant is unmeasurable, but managing the symptoms is a different topic on its own. What are some of the 6 weeks pregnant symptoms? (we will also show you how to manage these symptoms). 

  • Morning Sickness

Did you know that 80 to 85 percent of women experience nausea, while 52 percent of women experience vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy? This is according to National Collaborating Center for Women’s and Children’s health. Morning sickness is not fixed to the morning; it can also occur in the afternoon, evening, and night.

The causatives are not known yet. However, an increase in the hCG (chronic human gonadotropin) is believed to play a significant role. Not to worry, you’ll feel better during the second trimester.

How to treat the symptoms of morning sickness

–         Avoid greasy or spicy foods for now (opt-in for a balanced diet).

–         Avoid odours that could trigger nausea.

–         Ask a medical professional if you can take ginger tea or capsules, which may bring quick relief.

–         You shouldn’t lay down immediately after eating.

–         Drink plenty of fluids.

–         Tart, sour foods and beverages may alleviate your nausea though temporarily.

–         Eat starchy foods.

  • Spotting

Spotting is not unusual at six weeks; however, it should be light and small. Spotting is a normal implantation bleeding, but you should see a doctor if

–         You see lots of blood

–         The spotting last longer than usual (which is two days)

  • Cramping

Six weeks pregnant, cramping can be normal, so fat is happening during the sixth week. That’s a sign your uterus and the tissues surrounding it are expanding. Your baby needs space, and your body is making sure that she gets enough of it. If the pain feels abnormal and it is accompanied by diarrhea or a fever, then you should seek medical help.

Frequent Urination

This is one of the prevalent symptoms and a normal one at that. Frequent urination means your kidneys are working overtime during pregnancy to help process that extra fluid in your system.

  • Exhaustion

You may feel exhausted; this is mostly due to pregnancy fatigue, and it’s normal. The exhaustion is as a result of the increase in the level of the pregnancy hormone progesterone.

What to do about it:

–         Take naps regularly.

–         Eating little snacks can also help

–         Light exercises will also work magic.

–         Make sure that you get enough iron (little of it can cause anaemia).

  • Constipation

Prenatal vitamins are essential nutrients for you and your baby, but it contains iron which often leads to constipation in women.

What to do about it

–         Increase the fiber you consume – that can be done by eating vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, bran, and whole-grain bread.

–         Avoid laxatives before seeking medical help.

–         Exercise a lot. You will be amazed by how much positives doing exercise will add to your health.

–         Drink lots of fluids – we recommend taking 10 cups of fluid daily. When your urine turns dark yellow, you should talk to your doctor about it. But mostly, dark-yellowed urine means you are dehydrated.

  • Mood Swings

Your emotional states start to feel wavy. One minute you are happy, next, you feel like ripping someone or something apart out of anger. These emotional highs and lows will go on until the end of your pregnancy. Mood swings commonly occur during the first trimester. It subsides after that but returns towards the end of the third trimester. To feel a bit better, here are some of the things you can do to alleviate the pain

–         Take naps.

–         Eat well

–         Chat with friends (spend enough time with them)

–         Exercise regularly (we recommend light exercises)

Note:

It is possible to experience no symptoms during this stage. Humans are different; women are. Some woman never experiences nausea while they are pregnant, that doesn’t you won’t. It only means you are different

6 Weeks Pregnant: Some of the things to consider

  • Physically speaking, one of the things you’ll start to notice about your body during the earliest part of your pregnancy is an increase in the size of your breast. We previously talked about the texture of the breast during the sixth week. When the hormones switch to overdrive, it leads to skin changes. Your nipples may also turn a shade darker than the original color due to hyperpigmentation.
  • Sometimes, you may feel overwhelmed, weighed down by concerns. All of these are absolutely normal and natural. During this period, you should learn to write down your thoughts as your heart starts to race – this will help you feel slightly better. Make a detailed list of questions you’d love to share with your doctor.
  • If you don’t have roomy and stretchy clothes in your closet, then its time to go shopping for some. You can’t put on stuffy or tight clothes during this period as you won’t feel comfortable. 
  • If you haven’t reviewed your health insurance policies, this will be the perfect time to do so. Cross the Ts and dot the ‘Is’ to make sure that you are fully covered. If you haven’t insured yourself and your baby, there are popular platforms in your area and on the internet where you’ll be fully guided on how to go about it.
  • Do you have a scrapbook? Why not get one? Photo-journaling your week-to-week story is a fantastic thing to do. Take notes, pictures, and mementoes too. What better way to celebrate your pregnancy?

These are some of the things you should consider by the sixth week. You can never over-prepare for the birth of your little one. If it’s your first time, then these highlighted points will resonate with you.

Size of a baby by week

How big is a baby at 1 week?

To address the question of when does pregnancy starts to show, its definitely not the first week. Conception occurs two weeks from the first day of that period. In 40 weeks, your baby will grow from the size of an orange seed to the size of a watermelon. Safe to say you won’t notice anything in the first week.

Pregnancy symptoms at week 1

The symptoms are solely typical of your menstrual period. Remember, you aren’t pregnant in the real sense of it. The symptoms only last for seven days and three days in some cases. These symptoms can include:

–         Lower back pain

–         Cramps

–         Vaginal bleeding.

–         Headache

–         Bloating

–         Mood swings

How big is a baby at 2 weeks?

At week 2, the baby is still the size of an orange seed.

As the pregnancy progress to the second week, the symptoms and physical signs remain mild. An interesting fact is most OBS only count pregnancy starting from the first day of your LMP, which is a week before your pregnancy. It’s done this way to get an accurate reading; making it easier for doctors to do an estimation of the delivery date.

Pregnancy symptoms at week 2

–         A better sense of smell

Hormonal changes aid your ability to pick up scents from a mile away. That’s just nature’s way of helping you sniff ready-to-procreate males via their pheromones.  

–         Cervical Mucus

Also known as “egg white” may sound a gross, but that’s because it is. At week 2, you’ll notice a thin, clear, and stringy cervical mucus.

–         Light spotting

We talked about this earlier. Your doctor should be notified when you notice a more substantial spot on you. They are called ‘light’ spot for a reason.

–         Breast tenderness or soreness

Hormones surges that relate to ovulation can make your breast feel tender or slightly sore.

–         Revved-up sex drive

An increased sex drive will also be felt. This occurs when you are ovulating.

How big is a baby at week 3?

At week 3, the baby’s size has now developed from a ball of cells to a tadpole. At this stage, the size can be compared to a peppercorn. This is when the spinal cord, blood vessels, and heart are starting to form.

Last week (the second week), the father’s sperm met egg, and you’ve both made a baby. This means your pregnancy is still at its earliest stage. The fact that conception just occurred a few days ago shows that you probably haven’t had time to miss a menstrual period yet. Here are a few symptoms that need to be highlighted:

Pregnancy symptoms at week 3

right from the first week to the third week, pregnancy symptoms may not be felt. Most early-stage pregnancy is as a result of surged up hormones, and you probably don’t have a high level of it for now. However, some signs of pregnancy at 3 weeks include:

–         Nausea

By the third week, the pregnancy hormone starts to surge up through your system and overwhelms your pregnant body. This is when you start to notice nausea or a feeling of queasiness – a feeling that’s so bad it makes you vomit. Morning sickness is no respecter of any time of day.

–          Breast changes

We’ve moved from breast tenderness and soreness to physical changes. Your nipples become dark as your body prepares to make milk for the little one.

–         Missed Period

Asides taking a pregnancy test to ascertain whether or not you are pregnant, missing your period should raise a flag. 

–         Implantation bleeding

Have you ever heard of implantation bleeding? This means the soon-to-be-embryo has made its way to its new home. The fertilized egg burrows through the lining of the uterus.

How big is the baby at week 4?

The baby is now as big as the poppyseed. If you are 4 weeks pregnant, you should give yourself a pat in the back. The fact that you know how old your pregnancy is, it shows you’ve put in the time to take the needed tests, especially when you missed your period. Pregnancy symptoms don’t always kick in on time.

Pregnancy symptoms at week 4

–         Mild cramping

In the fourth week, you’ll start to experience cramping, but that may be a sign that your baby has appropriately implanted in the wall of your uterus. But severe cramping at four weeks is worth sharing with your doctor. Your doctor will run an adequate test to check whether or not you are ok.

–         Bloating

This is when your body starts to puff a bit now, thanks to the pregnancy hormone progesterone in your system. If you don’t have comfy clothes, now is the best time to get some.

–         Spotting

Spotting also continues. It develops to light bleeding, which usually occurs during the fourth week due to implantation. You need not worry, though as it is normal. However, if it’s a lot of blood that lasts for a period of time, then you should see your medical doctor.

–         Morning Sickness

At least, 50 per cent of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness (also known as nausea). If you haven’t experienced stomach upset yet, then you ‘will’ at some point.

How big is the baby in week 5?

The baby is now as big as the size of an Appleseed. You’ve just been initiated to the league of mums-to-be. But be warned, the association is not as exciting as you think.

Pregnancy symptoms at week 5

–         Sore breasts

An aching breast is the most common symptoms you will experience by the fifth week.

–         Fatigue

Those naps in the middle of a board meeting, waking up very late in the morning, sleeping during a dinner date. A light exercise and eating regularly will help you out.

–         Cramps

Cramps happen around 4 to 4 weeks in, that could be a sign the embryo is well implanted in the lining of your uterus.

How big is the baby at week 6?

At week 6, the baby is as big as a sweet pea. The news that you are pregnant has finally sunk in, and you might feel emotional once in a while, that normal.

Pregnancy symptoms at week 6

Here are some symptoms that’s worth highlighting:

–         Sore breasts

Your breasts still feel sore, which is as a result of increased blood flow. Your body is starting to prep up for the little one.

–         Nausea

I hate to break it to you but that morning sickness won’t go away yet. And by the way, did you know it can happen all day? Well, now, you know. If you are 6 weeks pregnant with multiple babies such as twins, your nausea may be severe.

–         Fatigue

Now you are so zapped out. That’s because your body is adjusting to your hormonal changes. You should get extra rest whenever you feel drained out.

Some things to do this week for a healthy pregnancy (6 weeks pregnancy)

When you are 6 weeks pregnant, there are certain things you need to do. Also, there are things you need to stop doing to make sure your baby stays healthy when she’s born.

–         Schedule a prenatal appointment with a medical professional.

–         Avoid cigarettes.

–         Take your multivitamins consistently.

–         Eat a balanced diet.

–         Skip the sauna.

–         Drink enough water.

–         Don’t consume alcohol.

Now that we’ve cleared out the things to do this week for a healthy pregnancy let’s answer that one question on your mind “what should I expect at 6 weeks pregnant?”

What should I expect at 6 weeks pregnant?

You’ve made it this far; being 6 weeks pregnant is not an easy job. So, by the sixth week, you will often wake up to uncomfortable feelings, yes, that’s morning sickness for you. Week 6 has lots of women frequenting the bathroom due to stomach upset. A 6 weeks old baby development takes a lot of work from your end as the mom-to-be.

Conclusion 

Knowing the symptoms, tips, and the physical changes experienced while you are 6 weeks pregnant is just some of the few steps to preparing your little one to ‘the earthly unveiling’. When it comes to babies, you can never be over-prepared, and adding more knowledge to what you already know won’t hurt you.

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