So, it’s already six weeks! Hard to believe that it was just a few weeks ago that you were wondering if you are pregnant! Now, your body must be giving you ample signs to let you know that your life is soon going to be enhanced by a beautiful bundle of joy. But as exciting as it may sound, there are quite a few more weeks to go. And, while you wait patiently through the process, the best way to go about is to gather as much information as you can about pregnancy. So, go ahead and follow our week by week guidance to know what to expect and how to be at your best.
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Pregnancy Symptoms for Week 6
At this week, you could well be experiencing some dramatic changes in your body. However, these changes will more likely show up through some uncomfortable symptoms. While every pregnancy is different and the symptoms vary from person to person, there are some common symptoms that most mothers-to-be experience.
Morning sickness is one of them, and it is not unlikely that you are already acquainted with this symptom. While in some women, morning sickness kicks in the right at the beginning of pregnancy in many it kicks in around week 6 or somewhat later. If you feel nauseated at any random hour, tend to throw up, have developed sudden and severe aversions to certain smells and foods and feel lightheaded often, you are experiencing morning sickness. Nine out of then pregnant women experience these symptoms at some point during their pregnancy. Some may experience excessive vomiting called hyperemesis gravidarum, but this rarely occurs, in about 1 in 100 expecting mothers.
Another discomfort is lack of restful sleep. You could experience nights of disturbed sleep as the hormones keep fluctuating, causing an abnormal rise in body temperature and making you feel hot. Then again, the increased bladder pressure causes frequent urination. The extra trips to the bathroom will occur throughout the day, continuing through the night and this could cause disturbances in your nighttime sleep.
Tender breasts are also a common symptom, and pain and soreness accompany these. The enlarging breasts and the darkening of the areolas indicate that the breasts are gearing to feed milk as your baby is born. Supporting your breasts with pregnancy bra will help cope with its discomfort to a great deal. The body at this time needs much rest as a lot of action is going inside it. The body is fatigued, and you feel exhausted even without doing much physical activity.
Women during this time also suffer from bloating, and gas problems and the tummy feels puffed up and heavy. The increasing progesterone causes this. Heartburn and indigestion could also show up around this week. The muscle at the upper part of the stomach which is responsible for preventing the digestive secretions now is more relaxed, and this causes the heartburn, acid refluxes and indigestion. But you can manage the symptoms better if you eat more slowly, take smaller meals at regular intervals rather than larger meals with longer gaps and wear loose fitting clothes.
Body Changes at Six Weeks of Pregnancy
Although at week six your tummy may look a bit puffed up that is mainly due to the bloating. This is because; the fetus is still very tiny to give your tummy a bulged appearance. Until then you can still guard this big news as a secret if you wish to. However, the pea-sized fetus is growing rapidly and you will start showing before you know it and will little secret will be out in a few weeks’ time.
Baby’s Development in Week 6
Your baby though rapidly growing is only the size of a lentil or pea on week 6. But the good news is that his/her facial features have just begun forming. The part of the face where the eyes are to form have dark spots and the part for the nostrils has tiny holes. The heart also has started to develop and is on its way to form the four chambers beating at the rate of 150 per minute which is twice as fast as an adult’s heart rate. The head is also in the process of formation with the jaw, chin and cheeks developing to form the adorable face of your baby. The ear canals, the liver, the lungs and the kidneys are also coming into being.
Tips for Six-week Pregnancy
While indigestion, constipation and bloating become a regular scene from now onwards throughout your pregnancy, a healthy diet and eating habit can help you manage the symptoms better. For example, you can take a diet rich in fiber and drink more water to keep constipation at bay. This will also take care of bloating. Chew food slowly and eat smaller meals at frequent intervals to minimize nausea, vomiting, and gassiness.
Frequent urination will tire you with several bathroom trips throughout the day and also, the night. So, here’s a tip. When you urinate, lean forward. This will ensure your bladder is well emptied. Also, even when it feels like you are done, try to pee again. This will make sure that you do make fewer trips to the bathroom. However, don’t cut back on liquid intake in order to lessen your bathroom trips. The body during pregnancy needs to be very well hydrated.
If you would like dye your hair during pregnancy, you have to maintain a few precautions. This is because hair dyes are chemicals and they penetrate the skin through the scalp. The entire first trimester includes this week a crucial stage in the development of your baby, and you would want to be as safe as possible. Thus, wait until the first three months to dye your hair and after that, maintain all precautions to minimize direct exposure to the chemicals during the hair coloring process.
If you like to eat seafood, you have to exercise a little caution with your seafood intake as well. It is really important to eat only well-cooked seafood. Doctors advise 12 oz of seafood in a week, which could include salmon, canned light tuna, cod, prawns, etc. However, avoid fishes which have a higher content of mercury like king mackerel, swordfish, and shark.