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Your baby at week 6
At six weeks your baby is about a quarter of an inch long, that’s about the size of a pomegranate seed!
- The foetus looks like a tadpole with a small tail, that will grow into the spinal column.
- By now, your baby is constantly adapting to life inside the womb.
- The umbilical cord has already formed. It will be your baby’s connection to you throughout your pregnancy, providing oxygen and nourishment for your baby and disposing of your baby’s wastes.
- Your baby’s face is taking shape too. The mouth, nostrils, ears and eyes become more defined this week.
- Tiny buds that will grow into your baby’s arms and legs sprout this week.
- Baby’s digestive tract and lungs continue to form.
- The pituitary gland is developing as also baby’s brains, muscles and bones
- The circulatory system is far more sophisticated and by now blood is circulating through his body
- Baby’s heart is beating at about 100 to 180 times/minutes – that’s twice as a fast as yours!
Pregnancy symptoms at Week 6
Common pregnancy complaints grip you full force this week.
- You may feel extreme fatigue as your body adjusts to the demands of pregnancy.
- Nausea and morning sickness may leave you low.
- Your breasts feel sore – due to increased blood flow
- Fluctuating hormones cause severe mood swings
- The growing uterus is pressing down on your bladder, making you run to the loo very often
Important things to do this week
- Schedule a pre-natal visit to your doc.
- Start on your multi-vitamins. Folic acid needs to be taken throughout pregnancy. It safeguards the developing baby against spinal and neural birth defects
- Quit smoking – Smoking increases your risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications. It also affects baby’s heath
- Give up Alcohol. It increases the risks of birth defects, miscarriage and stillbirth.
- Eat Well – A well-balanced, nutritious diet is important for your baby’s growth and development
- Keep yourself hydrated: Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Dehydration can lead to severe pregnancy complications
Tip for Pregnancy Week 6
- Iron can cause constipation in some. To avoid this, drink plenty of fluids and eat high fibre diet that include more fruits, veggies, cereals, nuts and whole grain breads.
- Quit smoking and drinking alcohol, if you haven't already.