6 week pregnant

6 week pregnant
October 18 12:23 2016

Pregnancy is a delightful experience that most women who go through it are always thankful for. From the very first week until the day the baby is born, the mother is privileged enough to be involved in the little one’s growth. As the baby grows, changes also happen to the mother herself, these body changes are proportionally linked to the growth of the baby. Whether you are aware of your pregnancy or not, around week 6 of the pregnancy noticeable changes begin to occur to both mother and child.

So to anyone interested in knowing what to expect on week 6 of pregnancy this is going to be a good read. We will look at the changes in your body, the development of the baby and finally a few tips here and there on how best to manage your pregnancy at this stage.


Changes in your body.  Week 6 Symptoms.

As mentioned before, by your sixth week of pregnancy, you will begin to notice the changes in your body regardless of whether you know you are pregnant or not. However, the public cannot see that you are pregnant yet, only you will be able to notice the changes and a few close people who live with you of course. At this stage, your little baby is making some significant strides towards developing into a baby, as the baby grows the uterus grows with it so it can accommodate the changes.

 

Frequent bathroom visits

The bigger uterus will start to press on your bladder turning you into a frequent visitor of the bathroom; in addition, pregnant women have increased circulation, which means there is improved blood supply to the kidneys the organs responsible for producing urine. This is going to be one thing you will need to get used to very fast, the bigger your baby is the more it will exert pressure on your bladder.

 

Breast swelling and pain

Your breasts will begin to swell and may become a little sensitive and painful when the nipples are touched.  The areolas around the nipples will become darker and increase in size too, appearing much larger than usual.

 

Mood swings and irritability

At this stage of your pregnancy, the pregnancy hormones are in full swing and probably reaching their peak so the people around you are going to start annoying you and you will easily get irritated in addition to emotional mood swings.

 

Fatigue

As with the mood swings and irritability, the pregnancy hormones will cause you to tire easily. The ordinary things you used to do when you weren’t pregnant start becoming more of a hurdle than usually and you will find yourself taking more breaks between tasks than you did before the pregnancy. Also, since most of your blood is channeled to the abdomen and pelvis to support the growing baby, it’s possible that you can feel occasional sensations of lightheadedness and mild dizziness, which can be easily managed by laying down a bit once the symptoms are felt.

 

Pregnancy nausea and sickness

At week 6 of pregnancy, most women experience heightened symptoms like nausea and vomiting popularly known as morning sickness. These symptoms can continue until the end of the first trimester or mid-second semester, however, there are useful ways to manage the symptoms that will be discussed a little further down the article.

 

Cravings

It is possible to start getting weird and intense food cravings around the sixth week of pregnancy. This is the time to start managing your diet and making sure to eat healthy and enough for the both of you, mother and child.

 

Constipation

Women taking prenatal vitamins are likely to experience constipation and a little bloating around week 6 of pregnancy.

 


Your Baby at 6 weeks

At week six, your baby grows to the size of about a pea, it might not sound like much right now but it’s a big deal! The baby will be looking like a tadpole with a tail-likweek6-babye prolongation that will later develop into the spine. There are zones already budding along the body, ready to develop into ears, arms, and legs. The internal organs are beginning to develop too; the baby heartbeat can be detected through a vaginal ultrasound.

In summary, here are the changes happening to your baby at 6 weeks:

 

Arm bud

Tiny hands are already showing, they can be seen to move by the end of the week. Fingers are yet to develop at this stage of the pregnancy.

 

Heart bulge

The heart is already developing and beating, it will be fully detected around week 8 using the ordinary ultrasound.

 

Leg bud

Just like with the hands, the baby feet are beginning to show in form of tiny paddles, they should begin to move by the end of the week.

 


Tips on handling some of your week 6 pregnancy body changes

 

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Lean forward when you pee to ensure that your bladder is completely emptied each time but NEVER cut back on liquids in an attempt to limit the bathroom trips that is very dangerous to both you and the baby.

 

 

Constipation & Indigestion

You can minimize these symptoms by making sure that you take your time when eating, do not rush through your meals and avoid tight clothes that put pressure on your abdomen. If the prenatal vitamins are responsible for the symptoms DO NOT stop taking them, it’s better to talk to your doctor first and they will advise you on what to do. Drinking plenty of fluids helps a lot; it is recommended that pregnant women drink up to 10 cups of fluids per day starting from the very first semester. Increased fiber foods in the diet can also be helpful, incorporate foods like vegetables, fruits, and cereals into your diet.

 

Sensitive and sore breasts

The key to handling sensitive breasts lies in talking to your partner and wearing certain types of clothing. When you communicate well with your partner so they can pay special attention to love making and touch. It’s wise to invest in nice padded pregnancy bras to support the growing breasts. A cotton sports bra has proved to be of good help to some women, especially when going to bed.

 

Fatigue

It goes without saying that pregnant women should sleep enough. Whenever you feel tired you should rest or lie down. If you work then get a rest order from your doctor so you do not get problems with your boss.

 

Reduce the number of tasks and chores you do around the house, the people you live with can chip in and help you out, particularly if you go to work during the day.

 

Get more sleep and eat right all the time. Just by maintaining a healthy pregnancy diet you will find the fatigue symptoms greatly reduced.

 

Finally, fit in some casually walking and exercise time. It’s true you are feeling tired but a little exercise will help get rid of some of the muscle stiffness and keep you fit for when you deliver the baby.

 

Morning sickness

To manage your morning sickness you have to pay special attention to the foods that make you nauseous and trigger the vomiting. Avoid these foods and stick to the kind that appeals to you. Whatever you do always make sure you are getting the required nutrients and you do not become dehydrated. There are some home remedies that some women use to help ease the symptoms, you can also try these but make sure t=you consult with your doctor first.

 

The foods to avoid include:

Spicy and greasy foods, strong smelling foods

 


Things to do at 6 weeks

 

So you have read all the above about the general changes to your body and baby at 6 weeks of pregnancy, now here is a checklist of things that you should do at 6 weeks, it applies both to the women who already knew they are pregnant and those who did not know but just found out:

 

  1. Schedule a Prenatal Appointment with a gynecologist/obstetrician

Prenatal care is important; it should be scheduled for anytime between 6 to 8 weeks.

 

  1. Prenatal Multivitamins

Your body will start needed extra nutritional help to support the growing baby. Your doctor will prescribe you some vitamins and supplements to take according to the results of the prenatal exam.

 

  1. Hygiene and life adjustments

Some life habits such as smoking and taking alcohol need to be stopped during pregnancy. Smoking increases the risks of miscarrying and lead to baby health problems such as malformations, the week-6-pregnancy-flowers-2low birth weight just to name a few. Alcohol also has its adverse effects on the unborn baby and the pregnancy. It can interfere with baby development and cause certain abnormalities in addition to mental deficiencies on the baby.

 

Hot tubs and frequent visits to the sauna can also cause trouble to the pregnancy. Hot tubs can increase the chances of miscarriage.

 

It’s important to eat healthy nutritious meals throughout your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your diet accordingly. Drinking lots of fluids is imperative starting from week 6 going forward, as dehydration can be very fatal to the pregnancy. It is recommended that a pregnant woman drinks 10 to 12 glasses of water per day in addition to other fluids that she already takes like fruit juice and tea.

 

  1. Keep an eye out for dangerous symptoms

In addition to the above-mentioned tips, it’s also important for an expecting mother to keep an eye out for potentially dangerous symptoms throughout the pregnancy and report these to a doctor without delaying. The symptoms to watch out for include:

 

  • Excessive or abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Severe abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Excessive fever
  • Vision problems
  • Severe headache
  • Severe swelling of the hands, face, or fingers
  • Pain or burning when urinating

 

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