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Pregnancy Week 6

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Your Baby's Development This Week

Baby's head is really starting to take shape, with the jaw, nose including nostrils, and palate forming. The eyes are becoming more defined with the lenses appearing now. The brain continues to become more detailed and complex. Other organs taking shape include the kidneys and liver. The hands and feet have webbed structures that will become the fingers and toes eventually. The intestines are starting to grow, however they are not located inside the baby yet, but rather are growing inside the umbilical cord at this point. Your baby is now 1/2 inch long!

Symptoms You May Feel During Week 6

Some symptoms that might be making an appearance this week include heartburn. Ask your physician what you can take to relieve these bothersome side effects. Also try to eat frequent smaller meals. Overindulging will exacerbate heartburn. Also, try elevating your head and chest at night to avoid the symptoms.

Another regular side effect to expect this week is more breast tenderness. Also your areolas might be darkening, and the breasts may start swelling now.

One symptom that could be worsening is frequent urination. That is because the enlarging uterus is pressing against the bladder. It is most problematic at night when you are awakened with the urge to go. Do not avoid drinking plenty of liquids in order to avoid having to visit the bathroom so often. Adequate hydration is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Later in pregnancy, the uterus will lift up into the abdomen and the necessity to go to the bathroom so often will lessen so hang in there! Often in early pregnancy, you can experience some light bleeding or spotting. Don't panic, as this is often nothing to worry about. Your doctor will tell you when you should call, but if ever you are concerned about something you should go ahead and call your doctor to be sure. However, bleeding that is continuous or becomes heavier, and is accompanied by persistent cramping, or sharp pain indicates a real need to get to the doctor just to rule out a more serious problem.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Your first doctor's appointment will be a longer one than normal. You will answer lots of questions about your personal and family medical history, including information about your menstrual cycles, previous pregnancies and any history of congenital or genetic conditions in the family. Your doctor will also talk to you about lifestyle issues, such as nutrition, exercise and any unhealthy habits like smoking. Be honest with your doctor about any concerns you may have.

Your physician will give you your due date at this visit, and a thorough physical. Your weight, height and blood pressure will be checked.

You will get a pelvic examination, and the doctor will check for symptoms of pregnancy, as well as any structural abnormalities, infections and will do a Pap smear.

You will also give a urine sample, as you will do most often at every visit from here on, to check for infection, sugar or protein.

You will probably also have blood work done to determine if you are Rh negative or positive. Your blood will also be checked for anemia, syphilis, Hepatitis B, HIV, and to check for exposure to rubella, measles, or mumps.

You will probably be given a prescription for prenatal vitamins at this visit, also. If you haven't already, be sure to take these vitamins every day.

Sometimes your doctor will want to do an early ultrasound to confirm the due date and look for any possible problems.

Preparing for Baby

Something you might want to consider starting now is a special journal to record the progression of your pregnancy. You can find a prepared journal, already for you to fill in with details of your pregnancy journey, or you can just buy a nice attractive journal and keep details of how you were feeling, record doctor appointments and special moments like when you first hear the heartbeat, or felt the baby move, or when you first saw the baby on the ultrasound screen. One journal we recommend is The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy. It will be a cherished possession someday to both you and your child. And keeping the journal up to date will help you to appreciate the progress you are making during the sometimes long days of waiting for your new little bundle.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

At your first appointment, you should discuss with your doctor your current fitness level and how you exercise. Find out how you should continue with your exercise regimen.

  • Do you need to cut back or try a new exercise routine entirely?
  • Is kickboxing OK?
  • Should you curtail that weekly run at the park and make it a quick paced walk instead?

Related to exercise, discuss with your doctor your current diet and how you might enrich it for baby. Do you have a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) now? How much weight does your doctor believe is appropriate for you? Don't rely on prenatal vitamins to address all your nutritional needs.

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first time mommy Jun 16, 2014 12:45:02 PM ET

I just took a home test yesterday with my soon to be husband in a week and a half. we are excited, but unfortunately i cant help but wonder about all the possible things that could go wrong. just praying for a healthy pregnancy delivery and baby girl or boy.

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Guest Jan 31, 2014 09:07:34 PM ET

I had a period from 23rd december 2013 to december 30th! when was i fertile and when did i conceive? any help?

Guest Feb 20, 2014 09:39:59 AM ET

Assuming you have a regular 28 day cycle, you were fertile jan. 1st through the 8th. there is no way of knowing for sure when you conceived.

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Guest Sep 23, 2013 02:13:57 AM ET

Sick, sick, sick all day & night! just figured out i was pg but thinking just barely 6 wks & lots of breast tenderness which i had none of with my first 3! super excited though since it's my last cause i'm almost 40! lol! late bloomer i guess :)

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Angel_Mommy May 31, 2013 04:40:20 AM ET

I'm 6 weeks and 4 days pregnant with my 2nd child. my son is 8 years old and i am due 20 jan 2014. very excited and no morning sickness yet.

Cassie G Jun 2, 2013 12:09:27 AM ET

I am also due jan 20th with my second child! my first turned a year on 5/14, so they will be much closer than yours! congrats! and here's to capricorn babies! (maybe mine will be early and be here on my bday 1/10!) :) happy pregnancy! hope you have an easy one! ;)

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Lee May 28, 2013 06:46:36 AM ET

6 weeks and 2 days today.. had my first bleeeeeeh spell... good grief. hope this was the last ...

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Julz Apr 20, 2013 11:09:19 AM ET

Hello.. the april 17th was my 1st u/s sac & yolk sac measured at 6w2d but no hb or fetal pole my hcg is 21,340 has anyone gone thru something like this? is it normal not to see a hb just yet? 1st time pregnant and super worried..

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wendy Apr 19, 2013 06:46:39 AM ET

Hi i am six weeks ,after 14yrs with 2 misscarriges ,hoping this preganance will be ok an i will have my second child

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rahman Apr 18, 2013 06:47:07 AM ET

I'm 6weeks pregnant im vrey scared iv got 2girls and 1 boy,

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Reanee Apr 10, 2013 11:23:16 PM ET

I am six weeks and have not had any ms at all. they say that i am one of the lucky ones.

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mommy of 5 1/2 Apr 8, 2013 02:35:06 PM ET

Six weeks today with my 6th pregnancy feeling tired slot but excited for the most part

Renaee Apr 10, 2013 11:26:46 PM ET

I am six weeks as of the 8th with my first child, did you have a lot of ms with all your children? i haven't had the pleasure to have ms. they say it will be a boy. what do you think?

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