Pregnancy Week 6: What to Expect
By pregnancy week 6, you are well on in the second of your pregnancy months. Fetal development is well underway. Your baby will have developed into the shape of a tadpole and little limb buds and eyes will be forming. Week 6 is a crucial period in the steps of pregnancy and, unfortunately, it is one of the stages where pregnancy problems or birth defects are most likely to develop. Seek regular professional care, look out for unusual pregnancy symptoms, and look after your body.
Pregnancy Symptoms in Week Six
The early pregnancy symptoms you began to experience in Week 5 are likely to intensify from week 6. Pregnancy morning sickness may become more pronounced, tenderness and tingling of the breasts will continue and tiredness may become more common. You can also expect to need the bathroom about twice as often as you did Pre-Pregnancy.
You might also start seeing just a little bit of pregnancy weight gain – you won’t be “showing” yet – but you may find your normal clothes fit a little tighter, it’s harder to do up your jeans button, or you have to go a clip out on your bra to allow for swelling breasts.
Unusual Symptoms to Look Out For from pregnancy week 6:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Excessive bleeding
If you suffer from either of these symptoms, contact your health professional right away – it may not be serious, but you’re better safe than sorry.
There are some people who experience no pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester. Don’t panic. It’s not common but it does happen.
Pregnancy Week Six To Do List
Book in with your Obstetrician
You’ll have the first of your pregnancy ultrasounds. Remember that week 6 is a critical time when pregnancy problems develop. So you need the professionals to check that all is well with your baby’s fetal development. Ongoing care during pregnancy from someone you’ve developed a trusting relationship with is essential. During this early ultrasound, you may even get a chance to hear Baby’s heartbeat for the very first time!
Eat well for a healthy pregnancy
Good nutrition during pregnancy at this time also becomes more and more essential as the nutrients in your body are being fed directly to the baby from the placenta and you want him or her to get the very best start in life!
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