6 Weeks Pregnant
Being 6 weeks pregnant represents actually 1 month since conception and 6 weeks from the last menstruation.
At this point there are some major changes that might appear, most likely the future mother has already found out she`s pregnant, she starts to acknowledge that her life is about to change significantly, that now she needs to not only take care of her but also of her baby and that she needs to take certain measures of precaution with everything regarding her pregnancy.
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General Aspects to Consider
To become a mother is perhaps the happiest and most important moment of a woman`s life. It`s pretty awesome to be a mother! Obviously, a pregnancy can be planned or completely unexpected. And some women can experience issues related to conceiving or they could have a medical or genetic problem. These are aspects that need to be taken into consideration by a doctor before trying to become pregnant. And if you might think that you are already pregnant, then first you need to take a pregnancy test (you can buy them from almost any store), and later have a doctor confirm your pregnancy as well. At this moment, you`ll have to make a decision whether or not your pregnancy can go forward.
A woman needs to think very seriously when it comes to starting a family because there are a lot of aspects that need to be considered, either physical or emotional aspects: contraception, conceiving, medical history, financial planning, baby care, the required time between 2 pregnancies, career, etc.
A woman who wants to give birth needs to take some safety measures during the entire pregnancy, such as a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, regular physical exercises as well as a positive thinking. The baby is developing in a rapid way during the first trimesters and there are some big risks regarding the fetus that could develop with certain malformations if the mother is smoking or consuming alcohol during this period of time. For this reason, the mother is obligated to refrain from consuming any alcohol, drugs, medications that aren`t prescribed by her doctor as well as any other substances that might be considered toxic for the baby.
Baby Development at 6 Weeks of Pregnancy
During this week of pregnancy, the baby is developing very rapidly and his sizes are similar of a pea. The embryo has a big head compared with the rest of the body. Also, it can already be noticed some features of the face, and where the eyes and nose should be, there are now some black dots. The ears will start to develop in the same area of the face. The limbs can also be noticed as some small paws. The developing of the organs is more and more pronounced, and at 6 weeks the baby has liver, pancreas, lungs and thyroid gland in their early form. The brain starts to differentiate on 3 distinct regions, and the heart suffers a similar process being split in 2 chambers and having a rate of 150 beats of minute.
Also, now the respiratory and digestive systems will start to develop. The internal ear and larynx will also appear, and the muscle fibers and pituitary gland of the embryo will start to develop.
This 6th week represents a major point also because now the embryo begins to make its first movements. They aren`t too strong for the moment, the mother having no way to sense them yet, but this will change in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Pregnancy 6 Weeks: Changes With the Mother`s Body
Some women might experience pregnancy signs, while others may not. These signs may include vomiting, cramps, fatigue, pelvic discomfort, morning sickness, exhaustion or abdominal pains. Some of the women who are going through this period of pregnancy might experience a constant state of irritation and periods of discomfort in their sleep, but also of unusual cravings. Because of the organism`s reaction for keeping the pregnancy in good conditions, there will be an increasing in the hormonal levels beyond normal limits. The mother`s organism will produce more estrogen and progesterone, and this might lead to frequent mood changes. In some cases there may be a high sensitivity in breasts. Actually, the first pregnancy symptoms might be similar to the ones of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Sometimes small vaginal bleedings might occur. You shouldn`t be afraid of these pregnancy signs, but you do need to be cautious and talk to your doctor about them.
Pregnancy is considered a unique experience and somehow different from one woman to another. Some women don`t really have any pregnancy symptoms, besides the increase of body weight or the lack of menstrual cycle. Still, some might feel very excited during the first period of pregnancy or on the contrary, very irritated.
6 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect?
You might not be used yet with the whole idea of being pregnant. With time passing, the developing of the embryo will happen very rapidly, and the future mother may experience specific symptoms such as the ones outlined above. For example, morning sickness, despite what its name implies, might not be limited to the early hours of the day, being able to appear anytime during the entire day and being known not as morning sickness, but as simple nausea.
If you experience frequent vomiting, you`ll need to drink lots of water to keep yourself well hydrated. Also, because the entire period of the pregnancy is essential for the developing of the baby, the future mother should avoid smoking, medication, alcohol, drugs or beauty treatments.
When the woman is with her pregnancy at 6 weeks, she should go to the doctor for to take any medical tests necessary and be sure her pregnancy is evolving properly. If you might be concerned that a possible miscarriage may have happened, then you should contact your doctor as soon as you experience any bleedings, abdominal cramps or the apparition of tissue debris or blood clots.
Signs of Miscarriage at 6 Weeks
There are chances of miscarriage at 6 weeks. If you notice one or more of the symptoms outlined below, you should get in touch with a doctor immediately so he can evaluate your pregnancy or the risk of miscarriage.
- Back pain;
- Sudden weight loss;
- Minor abdominal cramps similar to the ones from during your periods;
- Vaginal discharge;
- Vaginal bleeding;
- Clots leaking from the vagina.
A 6 weeks pregnant woman should take care of herself during the entire period of pregnancy by having a balanced diet, regular physical workout and an optimistic mood. All this will increase the chances for a healthy pregnancy with no issues that would involve her or the baby.