6 Weeks Pregnant: Know Your Baby’s Growth and Development

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6th week of pregnancy is a period in which you see a many changes in your baby, and mothers at this stage are still experiencing the full-blown symptoms of pregnancy. This article runs down the changes happening to the pregnant mother and the baby at 6th week.

Minutiae: Did you know that approximately 10% of pregnancies end up in miscarriage, or the termination of the fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy?

Fetal Growth and Development

At 6 weeks, there are significant developments happening to the face of the baby. The senses, cheeks and jaws are beginning to form. Essential organs such as lungs, kidneys and liver are also developing during this course. The 6th week mark of pregnancy should confirm the heart beats of the baby which run between 80 and 150 times per minute – nearly twice of an adult normal heart rate! The length of the baby is about a quarter of an inch and no bigger than the length of a nail head! Some would say a 6th week embryo resembles a jelly bean which grows up to 5mm from crown to rump.

Week 6 Fetus

… Now, the question is, what will you start seeing in ultrasound? During 6 weeks of pregnancy, the ultrasound should show a pre-formed face of the baby and a placenta. The ‘dark spot’ images you see in the ultrasound may denote the eyes and nostrils of the baby. They are not readily perceivable at this stage but still developing. Note: When doing the regular ultrasound, pregnant mothers should be in full bladder.

Maternal Body Changes

6 Weeks Pregnant

There may be no significant changes happening on the outside of a pregnant mother, but lots of happening take place inside. The pregnancy hormone, which is HCG, continues to surge. Blood flow to the pelvic region is also increasing* in supply to provide the needed nutrients of the baby. As the baby is growing and pressing on the bladder, mothers might be experiencing frequent trips to the bathroom. In addition to that, food aversions, nausea and bloating continue to exist and may be heightened during 6th week of pregnancy. Know why these maternal changes occur:

6 week pregnant info

  • Frequent Urination: Besides hormones, your baby is growing rapidly at this period and thus, pressing your bladder. You are not only cleaning your own wastes but also that of your baby. Doctors advise to empty the bladder all out and save another bathroom trip by leaning forward when peeing.
  • Fatigue: The 6th week of pregnancy seems to be so laborious. Mothers at this period are doing a real hard work because the baby is developing fast which explains why mothers always feel exhausted. Take rest periods or otherwise, join a yoga class. Study show that yoga not only recharges the physical body but also releases a great amount of endorphins that will make you feel better.
  • Bloating: Pregnant mothers at their 6th week are dropsical and pumped up. This is a natural symptom in pregnancy and soon you will be gaining too much weight! Bloating is caused by the surge of progesterone hormone.
  • Nipple Changes: In addition to sore nipples, mothers may notice their areolas are getting bigger and darker. If you are a fair-skinned woman, you will get a tannier areola while you are embracing the pregnancy hood. These breast changes are normal and caused by fluctuating hormones.

Prenatal Visit @ 6th Week

Prenatal Visit

If you fail to see a doctor during the 5th week of pregnancy, this is the time to do so. It should be noted that the very first prenatal checkup can be very long since it is during this stage that all tests should be taken to ensure you are in a proper condition to deliver your baby and that your baby is growing healthy. Expect the following procedures when you are going for your first pre-natal checkup:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Papsmear
  • Blood exam (blood type, Rh factor)
  • Immunity tests against German measles
  • STD exam
  • Urine exam
  • Health history taking

Top 5 Foods that Every Pregnant Mother Should Eat

If you already embark the 6th week of pregnancy, you must have planned your eating meal at this period. Proper and healthy nutrition is important to every pregnant mother. Take a glance of this top 5 foods that every mother should eat.

  • Whole Grains: The most important supplement for mothers during the first trimester is folic acid which helps form the brain and the spinal cord of the baby. Whole grains such as cereals and oatmeal are great sources of folic acid (iron and fiber). Go for brown rice instead of white rice for dinner.
  • Beans: One of the most unpopular foods for pregnancy is beans. Add them (especially soybeans) in your daily diet may it be pasta dishes or salads. They are rich in fiber, protein, calcium, zinc and iron.
  • Eggs: Eggs provide the best source of amino acids that are necessary for the baby’s brain development. Make sure to not eat raw or uncooked eggs.
  • Berries: Berries are among the world’s superfoods! They are called so because they contain natural ingredients that can thwart chronic form of illnesses like cancer.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt is perhaps the best milk product for pregnant mothers. Its benefits are most underestimated. Only select low-fat yogurt to avoid excess gain of weight.

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Expert Author : Peony C Echavez (Consumer Health Digest)

Peony is a registered nurse, and former Director of Nursing services for a
large nursing facility. She has written web content for a large health education website, and currently creates content for a number of health
practisioners.