Week 6 of Your Pregnancy

Your baby's heart beats about 105 times a minute. Her nose, mouth, fingers, toes and ears are forming and begin to take shape.

PREGNANCY WEEK 6



Your Body at Week 6 of Your Pregnancy



Mood swings

Due to the changing hormones many women experience moodiness around this week onwards.


You may go to the toilet more often than usual

Pregnancy hormones may make you feel that you have a constant need to pee. But still it is important to stay hydrated, but you may want to cut back on fluids late in the day so you don't have to get up to pee as frequently at night.


You may feel your breasts are larger and feel sore

Increased hormone levels boost blood flow, which may make your breasts feel swollen, sore, tingly, and unusually sensitive to touch.


You may feel quite tired

During the first trimester, a huge amount of energy goes into building a life-support system for your baby, especially the placenta, which can leave you feeling tired. There are also a lot of hormonal and emotional changes that are happening.


Metallic taste

You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth during the first trimester, this is due to surge in estrogen.


Nausea

It usually starts around week 5 or 6 of pregnancy. There are safe ways to get relief from morning sickness, including changes to your diet and lifestyle, natural remedies, and medication. Talk to your provider if it bothers you.


Food Aversions

Most expecting moms experience food aversions, this is due to hormones and a heightened sense of smell. If you are not able to eat your regular food then try eating bland or cold foods. If cooking makes you sick, plan to have someone else cook for you.


Headache

It's common to get headaches during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Once you reach the second trimester, headaches may diminish or disappear. Getting enough sleep, food and water, and exercise can prevent headaches, and relaxation techniques like massage and meditation may help.


 

Your Baby at Week 6 of Your Pregnancy


How big is my baby?

This week your baby is growing very quickly – they will double in size to about 4mm long by the end of week 6.

By that time, the baby looks like a curved tadpole. It has a large head and a tail. Inside, the organs are starting to form. If you have an ultrasound in the sixth week, you may be able to see the baby’s heart beating.



Baby's Head

Your baby is developing jaw, cheeks and chin, which will eventually become that cute face. Ear canals are being formed. There are dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. Emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head. Inside their tiny mouth, the tongue and vocal cords are beginning to develop.


Hands and Legs

Your baby's arms and legs begin as tiny paddles that will lengthen and grow into limbs. The backbone extends into a small tail that will disappear within a few weeks.


 

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