6 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- To help with tender breasts, wear a supportive bra, even at night
- Drink plenty of water, eat high-fiber foods, and exercise regularly to help avoid constipation
- Combat morning sickness with smaller meals, herbal tea, or ice packs
Now that you’re 6 weeks pregnant, your little one is developing new features. This week’s most important milestone: The neural tube begins to close over what will become your baby’s spinal cord.
There’s more! This week, tiny folds of tissue are developing into what will eventually become your little one’s chin, cheeks, and jaw. The areas that will be the eyes and nose have started to project as bumps, while the ear structure is pushing inward.
The heart tube is gradually growing into four primitive chambers and starts to beat more regularly than last week, like a tiny drum. Other major organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are also beginning to take shape. The lungs each exist as a single tube and will form pouch-like structures. They will continue to blossom over the next few months to get ready for your little one’s first breath of air.
Your Baby’s Development
By week 6, your baby’s brain and nervous system are developing quickly. Optic vesicles, which later form the eyes, begin to develop on the sides of the head, as do the passageways that will make up the inner ear.
Your baby’s heart will begin to beat around this time, and might even be detected on ultrasound examination. And the beginnings of the digestive and respiratory systems are forming too. Small buds that will grow into your baby’s arms and legs appear this week.
Because their legs are curled up against the torso for much of the pregnancy, making a full-length measurement difficult, babies often are measured from the crown to rump (from the top of the head to bottom the buttocks) rather than from head to toe. This week, your baby only measures 0.08 to 0.2 inches (2 to 5 millimeters) from crown to rump!
Common pregnancy complaints might hit with full force this week. You may feel very tired as your body adjusts to the demands of pregnancy. And tender, aching breasts and nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) may leave you feeling less than great. Despite its name, morning sickness can happen at any hour or all day, so don’t be surprised if your queasy stomach doesn’t pass by noon.
Nausea isn’t the only thing that might have you running to the bathroom — hormonal changes and other things, such as your kidneys working extra hard to flush wastes out of your body, can make you need to pee more often too.
Pregnancy symptoms at six weeks
The outside world won’t see any sign of the dramatic developments taking place inside you, but you’re probably already experiencing some common pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness. Although it’s difficult to prevent morning sickness completely, thankfully there are plenty of ways to ease your nausea.
Nine out of 10 women have morning sickness at some point during their pregnancy, but it can be different for everyone. For example, you may only have nausea, or you may have nausea and vomiting. You may be unlucky enough to have excessive vomiting in pregnancy, which is called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). However, this only affects one in every 100 pregnant women.
You’re likely to have a few more nights of disturbed sleep now that you’re pregnant. Changes to your hormones levels and increased blood flow to your kidneys can result in extra trips to the loo throughout the night. And you’ll probably find it hard to get comfortable in bed if your breasts are tender.
Avoiding big meals late in the evening and having a relaxing bedtime routine may make nodding off, and staying asleep, a little easier. Find out more with our tips on getting a good night’s sleep in pregnancy.
What you need to know at six weeks of pregnancy
- Knowing you’re expecting a baby, but being unable to tell family and friends just yet, can make you feel a little emotional at times. It can be hard keeping the secret all to yourself, especially if you’re feeling sick and tired. But sadly, miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy is common, so you may wish to wait a few more weeks before sharing your news.
- It will help to talk to your partner as much as you can about how you’re feeling. Offloading your worries may stop you from feeling stressed and it helps your partner feel involved from the start.
- Is it safe to eat cheese now that you’re pregnant? Get the facts from our expert.
- If you’re feeling poorly, find out if it’s possible to take common medicines during pregnancy.
- It’s easy to binge on junk food when you’re tired. But we’ve got some great snack ideas that will satisfy your hunger and keep you healthy.
- If you smoke, it’s time to quit! Smoking during pregnancy carries health risks for you and your baby, so check out our guide on how to handle those cravings.