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Growing Symptoms?

At this point, you are probably starting to feel more symptoms of the 1st trimester. Don’t worry, the symptoms will go away as soon as you start your 2nd trimester, which is around 12-13 weeks! You got this, mama!

As you progress into your 6th week of pregnancy, learn about what the 6th week of pregnancy is all about!

How many months is 6 weeks pregnant? 1 Month & 2 weeks

Which Trimester is 6 weeks pregnant? 1st Trimester

How many weeks do you have left? 34 more weeks!

Trimester

Months Pregnant

Weeks Pregnant

Weeks Left


6 Weeks Pregnant: Baby’s Development

How big is your baby at 6 weeks pregnant?

Your baby is the size of an sweet pea. At 6 weeks pregnant, your baby measures about a quarter inch from top to bottom( 1/4 inch or about 5 millimetres). The eyes, nose, and jaws are beginning to form this week. One of the first organ to function is the baby’s heartbeat which begins to beat! How exciting!

Ultrasound at 6 week pregnant

At this ultrasound, your baby will be very small that it will be hard to see with a traditional abdominal ultrasound. A transvaginal ultrasound is given instead have a better look. You may even hear a heartbeat if you were to have an ultrasound.


Mom’s Body at 6 Week Pregnant

6 Week Pregnant Belly 

Since your baby is the size of an sweet pea, your belly will not look very different, though you may experience some bloating.

Symptoms at  6 weeks pregnant:

At 6 weeks pregnant, the symptoms you start to feel are starting to kick in. Many women experience pregnancy symptoms differently from others. Pregnancy symptoms can be very unpredictable unfortunately. Some may experience mild while other may severe symptoms. It is OK to call your doctor if you had any questions or concerns about the symptoms you are experiencing.

Here are the most common symptoms that you may begin experiencing around 6 weeks of pregnancy:

  • Morning Sickness: You may start to feel more of that first=trimester nausea and vomiting. Up to 80% experience this so called “morning sickness.” This symptom is not a fun one obviously. Try eating frequent small snacks through out the day to keep nausea in check.
  • Aching and sore breasts: Another one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Your body is producing increased hormone levels to boost blood flow. This can make your breasts feel swollen and sore. 
  • Bloating: It could be possible that your belly may start to look and feel a little bloated.  
  • Fatigue and Tiredness: Your body is working hard to create a nourishing environment for your baby and that requires a high dose of raging hormones. This comes with a caveat, you feel even more exhausted and wiped out. Don’t feel guilty about taking an extra nap here and there. Make sure to nourish your body with healthy food and exercise. 
  • Frequent Bathroom Breaks: At six weeks pregnant, you can experience the need to pee more frequently than ever before. This is because your kidneys are growing bigger to process more fluids!   It is important to plan your day in advance for an outing with your significant other or loved ones. Not having a toilet nearby is no fun and being a passenger in anyone’s car when you got to go isn’t either. If frequent bathroom breaks are becoming a habit in the middle of the night, try to drink water an hour or two before you go to sleep. 
  • Cramping: If you feel cramping at around 4 or 5 weeks, it may be a sign that the implantation of embryos in your uterus lining was successful! IT could also be a sign of your expanding uterus and ligaments stretching. However, if you feel cramping that is too severe, call your doctor to get checked out.  
  • Spotting: This could happen at 5 weeks pregnant, which is a sign of implantation. It is completely normal, however if you have more bleeding or if you are concerned – call the doctor.  

Self Care Tips at 6 weeks pregnant

  • Go to Bed Early: Resting becomes more important to help with your fatigue.
  • Rest Often: Its ok to take naps during the day to deal with fatigue. Your health is important. If you have kids, don’t hesitate to contact your close friends of family to help watch them. If kids require screen time for you to take a short break, don’t be ashmed. A well rested mother is more important than an overtired mother.
  • Exercise: With your doctor’s permission, you can continue to exercise as you had done before or start a new exercise plan. 
  • Hydrate: Drink enough fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Milk and 100% fruit juices also count as fluid intake. 

Advice for Significant Others

Exercising is important during all phases of pregnancy. Pregnant women should participate in 20 to 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most of the week. as recommended by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Support your partner by starting a routine to walk after meals with your significant other to get some exercise for both of you. It will allow you both to spend quality time together as well as a chance to boost your moods. There may be days that she chooses to rest over exercise and that is completely fine. Let your significant other listen to her body and be there for her.

Couple

Safe Exercises during in Pregnancies:

  • Walking
  • Stationary Cycling
  • Aerobic Exercises
  • Dancing
  • Resistance exercises
  • Stretching
  • Water Aerobics

– April 2020 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

6 Week Pregnant Checklist 

  • Start taking Prenatal Vitamins
  • Avoid Alcohol, Smoking(including second-hand smoke), and recreational drugs
  • Decrease Caffeine intake or drink decaf
  • Avoid Junk Foods
  • Keep Staying Away from Pregnancy Dangers 
    • Getting on Roller coasters
    • Extreme Sports
    • Getting a Tattoo
    • Drinking Alcohol
    • Smoking and Second-Hand Smoking 
    • Doing Recreational Drugs
    • Sitting in Hot Tub
  • Schedule your first prenatal visit (usually between week 6 and 8 of your pregnancy) 
  • Schedule a visit to the dentist. Hormonal changes can cause gum inflammation.
  • Stay hydrated, drink enough fluids. Up to 10 to 12 glasses of water every day.
  • Exercise light
  • Avoid unsafe foods
    • Unpasteurized Cheeses and milk
    • Uncooked meat and poultry
    • Raw Eggs
    • Sushi or Raw Fish
    • High Mercury Fish  
  • Rest, Nap as your heart desires.

What should you do this week? 

  • Make a doctor’s appointment
  • Read up on Pregnancy Books. 

What should I buy now? 

  • Moisturizing cream for your belly.
  • Prenatal Vitamins 
  • Download the Free Printable Pregnancy Journal!
  • Books on Pregnancy
  • Books on Parenting 
  • Cotton, Comfy Bras
  • Stretchy pants and leggings.

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