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6 weeks pregnant: What to expect

Your baby at 6 weeks pregnant

Your baby is the size of a pomegranate seed (length: 0.1”).

Closed for business. An important milestone occurs this week: the neural tube starts to close over what will become your baby's spinal cord.

Face forward. At 6 weeks, 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 raise up as bumps, while the ear structure is pushing inward.

Picking up the beat. The heart tube is gradually growing into four primitive chambers and starts to beat like a tiny drum. Other major organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are also beginning to take shape. The lungs each exist as single tubes and will form into pouch-like structures. They will continue to blossom over the next few months to get ready for baby’s first breath of air.

Measuring up. Your little one keeps growing bigger, now measuring about 0.1 inch, or 2.5mm.

Your pregnancy at 6 weeks

Conditions with a cause. Your breasts may be tingling or tender because of increased blood flow; this is just your body preparing to breastfeed. Be sure to wear a supportive bra, even at night if it helps. You may also experience constipation due to an increase in progesterone slowing down the digestive tract. To manage this issue, exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet with high-fibre foods and drink plenty of water.

Losing your lunch? About 70 percent of pregnant women experience some morning sickness, which is at its worst during the first trimester. There are measures you can take to quell your queasiness in this article.They include:

  • getting plenty of rest – tiredness can make nausea worse
  • drinking plenty of fluids, such as water, and sipping them little and often rather than in large amounts, as this may help prevent vomiting
  • eating small amounts of food often rather than several large meals – but don't stop eating
  • avoiding foods or smells that make you feel sick
  • avoiding drinks that are cold, tart (sharp) or sweet
  • distracting yourself as much as you can – the nausea can get worse the more you think about it

For more information, visit the NHS website.

Did you know? Big changes are happening! The baby’s spinal column is developing and the area that will be the face is forming bumps that will become the chin, cheeks, eyes and nose

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