By now, you should be getting used to the fact that you’re pregnant. But if you’re not, the symptoms, which would be full-blown by now are there to remind you of this. Granted that the symptoms aren’t a great feeling, it’s still a major reminder that you’ve got a new life growing inside of you.
Also, week 6 comes with plenty of good news. Recall that organ growth commenced in week 5, well, it continues in week 6 too. And your baby’s organs are forming much more rapidly, however, the downside is that you would start to feel the full force of the pregnancy hormones.
On the outside, there wouldn’t be any notable changes just yet. On the inside, it’s a party in full swing. Your baby’s arms, legs, and ears are beginning to grow. Also, the brain, liver, and musculoskeletal systems are not left out either, they are developing just right.
Your baby is about the size of a pea.
Your baby’s growth isn’t magic. The nutrients that it requires for development would all be gotten from you. This explains why you feel hungry and exhausted all the time. Also, this is exactly why you need to feed right and drop all the and habits just like we have been emphasizing right from week 1.
Your Baby’s Development
At six weeks, your baby would have been developing very rapidly. Still, in its embryonic state, it is undergoing both internal and external changes.
Your baby is still less than half an inch in length and would probably be around the size of a pea. Also, it bears a small tail that would eventually become the spinal column and the general shape of the embryo can be likened to that of a tadpole.
There are tiny buds that are developing into arms, legs, and ears alongside other developing organs such as the brain and the lungs.
There are also tiny openings in what is the fact that would grow to form the mouth and nostrils in a few weeks as well as dark patches that would eventually grow into eyes.
A neural plate is the source of growth for your baby’s nervous system. The neural plate is a layer of cells that are already present by the 16th day of development.
These cells form a groove all the way down to the middle with the edges of the groove then curling up to meet and form the neural tube. The frontal portion of this tube develops into the brain and what is left becomes the spinal cord.
The neural tube typically closes at six weeks. If the tube ends up not closing, a neural tube defect such as spina bifida occurs. Regular intake of supplements such as folic acid can help to prevent this.
Your baby’s heart begins to beat this week and can be detected on ultrasound as well. By the six week mark, you and your baby would be connected by the umbilical cord which functions as a food supplier and waste eradicator.
Here are some other notable developments that would be taking place:
- The trachea, larynx, and bronchi would be forming
- The heart would be dividing into four chambers beginning to pump blood
- The primitive germ cells that form the genitalia would be multiplying
- The kidneys, lungs, liver, and pituitary glands would be forming too.
Your Body and Symptoms
At six weeks, your symptoms would be a lot more pronounced and there would be physical evidence that you’re pregnant without a single shadow of a doubt.
1. Frequent Urination
Although there wouldn’t be any noticeable changes in your body on the outside, you would get constant and frequent reminders from your bladder.
Frequent urination is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy and is one that no pregnant woman enjoys. However, it comes early on in the pregnancy, with your bladder filling up at the most inconvenient times.
Fancy being woken from a deep slumber by an urge to pee, that can be quite the damper. So, why does this happen? Well, we can blame the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). It causes increased blood flow to your pelvic region and this brings about an urge to pee.
Also, your kidneys are getting a whole lot better at helping you get rid of body waste. This is of course in conjunction with the fact that your bladder is starting to bear the weight of your growing uterus pushing down on it. This leaves less space for urine storage, thus the desperate need to pee every 2 hours, thereabout.
However, by the second trimester when the uterus moves up into the abdominal cavity, your bladder would feel less pressure and you wouldn’t have to urinate so much any longer.
Also, it isn’t a great idea to cut back on fluids because of excessive peeing. Your body and your baby need those fluids!
2. Changes In Your Breasts
At this point in time, you’re probably experiencing changes in your breasts and wondering whether it is your imagination or not. It isn’t. Your breasts are getting bigger and they may be a lot tender too.
Also, your nipples would be sticking out a lot more than usual. All of these changes are indicative of the fact that your body is preparing to breastfeed. Your areolas would also begin to darken.
3. Nausea and Vomiting
Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy, and it can happen at any time; it isn’t restricted to mornings alone. You can fend off nausea by consuming snacks that have protein and complex carbs in them. Yogurt, cheese, granola, multigrain crackers—all great examples. If your body permits it to stay down, then you’re good to go!
4. Heartburn and Indigestion
Heartburn isn’t a very frequent or persistent symptom. However, it is nearly impossible to carry a pregnancy to term without at least one experience.
This is due to the relaxation of the band of muscles that can typically be found at the top of the stomach and are responsible for preventing digestive juices from going back up.
A simple hack to beat this and reduce your symptoms would be to eat slowly and avoid spicy and greasy food. Also, loose-fitting clothes would help too.
Measures To Begin To Observe
Here are some of the measures that you need to observe during the sixth week of your pregnancy in order to preserve the health of the baby growing inside of you.
1. Prenatal Appointment
Some couples opt to visit the doctor during the fifth week of pregnancy, but by the sixth, it is mandatory that you already book your first appointment.
You would need to look for a respectable GP or midwife to cover all the bases relating to your antenatal care.
At the first prenatal check-up, the doctor would examine you thoroughly and you would be required to carry out a series of tests including a blood test, a pelvic exam, and a smear test (except you’ve had one done close to that time).
You might also be asked for a sample of your urine, and given the frequency of your visits to the bathroom, it shouldn’t be a problem. Your urine would be tested for red and white blood cells, protein, glucose, and bacteria.
Also, you would be asked a series of questions, all of which you should know the answers to. In addition, they might be interested in knowing about your health history.
You could also be asked questions about your family, particularly your mom and they would probably want to confirm whether she experienced any difficulty or complications during the process of childbirth.
If you’ve got any questions of your own, don’t hesitate to ask the doctor as well.
2. Stay Hydrated
Your frequent urination is more reason for you to take lots of water. You shouldn’t for one second consider cutting back on your water intake to reduce the rate at which you urinate.
Stay hydrated by taking at least 10 to 12 glasses of water every day. As you’re passing out fluid in the form of urine, top the reserve up with more water.
3. You Could Start a Pregnancy Journal
Starting a pregnancy journal could be a pretty cool idea. You basically record your personal experiences and it is a great way to keep tabs on yourself and the development of your pregnancy too.
Also, if anything out of the ordinary happens that you are likely to forget, the pregnancy journal can be easily referred to. Also, watching and recording your gradual development could be exciting for you and help take your mind off of the negatives that are the symptoms.
The other measures still stand. You should avoid taking in sugars and drink more water, avoid cigarettes and cigarette smoke generally, hard drugs, and eat healthily.
Stock up on fruits and vegetables and take in a healthy amount of fiber to aid digestion. If your job is tasking and very stressful, now is a good time to begin to take a step back. This way, you and your future baby would remain in prime health just the way it should be.