6 Weeks Pregnant

pregnancy week 6The 6th week of pregnancy is when you’ll begin to notice a lot of obvious changes in your body. Though your pregnancy is not visible, your uterus is growing rapidly and the baby is developing at a furious pace.

Read: Pregnancy Must-haves

Your baby at 6 weeks

At six weeks pregnant, 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

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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
Read: Benefits of Vitamin C during Pregnancy
  • 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

Will your baby be a boy or a girl? This ancient chart is supposed to predict your child's gender, based upon your age and the month of conception!
  • Calculate your week / month of pregnancy and track your baby development,

    Click here for a ready reckoner.