6 Weeks Pregnant
At 6 weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s ears, eyes, nose and mouth are beginning to form. Your baby is the size of a lentil, about a quarter of an inch long.
Even though your baby is as tiny as a lentil, it’s facial features are beginning to form! And while all of those wonderful things are taking place, you are starting to feel all of the pregnancy symptoms full-force.
Sixth Week of Pregnancy
If you could see your baby now, you would see an oversized head and large, dark spots where your baby’s eyes will be. You could detect where the ears, nose and mouth will be too.
What is equally amazing, is that the heart is beating between 100 and 160 times per minute, which is almost two times faster than yours. Blood is beginning to pump through the little body.
Organs such as the intestines and lungs are continuing to form. The pituitary gland is developing as is the rest of the brain, bones and muscles.
How You Are Changing
Welcome to pregnancy! This is the week you will really begin to notice that your body is growing a tiny human.
There continues to be an increase of the hormone hCG in your body and this causes many women to experience “morning sickness.” While this is not generally thought of as a pleasant experience, research shows that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy correlate with lower risks of miscarriage and, later in life, breast cancer.
While the term “morning sickness” is used to describe the nauseous feeling a woman may have during the first trimester of pregnancy, it can affect a woman at any time of day. It can also last longer than the first trimester.
In addition to this sick feeling, you may begin to experience mood swings. This is also due to the increased hormone level in your body. You may also be feeling overwhelmed by the changes a baby will bring to your life.
While spotting is experienced by many early pregnant women, it is always a good a idea to notify your health care provider. It can occur in a normal pregnancy, but it can also be the first sign an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
Staying Healthy During Your Pregnancy
While pregnant, it is important to avoid drinks and foods that could threaten the health of your unborn baby. Here is a list of some of the food and drinks you should skip while pregnant:
- Raw or undercooked fish or shellfish
- Fish with high levels of mercury
- Raw or undercooked meat or poultry
- Unpasteurized or raw cheese
- Undercooked or raw eggs
- Alcoholic drinks
- Unpasteurized milk
In addition to avoiding things that could cause your baby harm, it is equally important to eat and drink things that will help you and your baby stay strong and healthy. Be sure to keep taking your prenatal vitamin, or start taking one if you’re not already.