You most probably found out that you are pregnant a few days before. You must be emotional at this stage and anxious at the same time. You’ll definitely experience some discomforting symptoms during this stage.
The embryo at six weeks starts developing various features although the embryo is still small. The organs and various systems have started to take some shape.
The size of the baby
The baby appears like a tadpole at this stage. The size of the baby at this stage is similar to a lentil or pea.
Weight/height of the baby
The height of the baby is around half an inch I.e. Approximately around 0.63cms or 0.25 inches when measured from head till rump. It seems tiny but has doubled up since the last week.
About your baby
The baby at six weeks is very tiny but the folds within the head have initiated to prepare the face. The chin, jaws, and cheeks start forming their shape. The facial features start determining the shape although you are eight months away from meeting your bundle of joy. The baby stats moving the feet and hands at this stage similar to the paddles. The baby’s body is covered with translucent skin. In this stage, the embryo has a tail which then develops into a spinal cord. The baby is present in the fetal position with legs tucked, tail and back curved inwards.
At this week, the heart of the baby transforms from a tube-like structure to four-chambered organ which is beating and sends blood throughout the body. The heart of the baby at this week appears similar to poppy seed. The ears of the baby start to appear like dimples which eventually turn into ears. The dark spots for eyes are also present at this stage. Other essential organs also start to develop at this stage. The neural tube begins to close during this week.
About your body
This stage of pregnancy is very exhausting but the embryo is growing at a faster pace. You don’t have a noticeable bump at this stage. Some women experience symptoms during this stage while others don’t so it is normal. The fluctuation of hormones results in emotional and physical symptoms which makes you anxious during the early days of pregnancy. The baby bump is not yet visible but the uterus has started to accommodate the baby inside your body.
The general symptoms during early pregnancy other than the missed periods include vomiting, nausea, fatigue, frequent urination, tender breasts, heartburn, morning sickness, indigestion, constipation, bloating and others.
Do & Don’ts
• Schedule your first appointment with the gynecologist
• Maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle
• Eat fresh fruits and vegetables
• Take prenatal vitamins
• Stop consumption of caffeine and alcohol
• Avoid smoking
• Perform light exercises to stay healthy and active
• Drink 8-10 glasses of water to stay hydrated at all times
• Sleep well at night in order to stay calm and have deep rest