At 6 weeks pregnant, you may notice your early pregnancy symptoms ramp up a notch.
You need to pee more often — especially in the middle of the night!
Frequent urination will ease in the coming weeks.
Only to return with a vengeance later in your pregnancy.
You will also be feeling a little more fatigued than normal.
Your body is making a baby, which is a mammoth effort.
Make sure you don’t push yourself – listen to your body when it’s telling you to rest.
6 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect
Those close to you might’ve noticed your mood swings are a little unpredictable.
Fatigue and pregnancy hormones such as progesterone will add a little extra to your emotions in the coming weeks.
Taking care of yourself in early pregnancy is important.
Ensure you are getting plenty of rest and eat a healthy, well balanced diet.
Drink plenty of water too, even if you feel you can’t go far from the bathroom these days.
6 Weeks – Pregnancy Care
You may think it’s a bit early to be organising a prenatal visit with your doctor.
But it’s important you consider your options for pregnancy and birth care early on.
Depending on what’s available in your area, options like private midwifery or birth centres may be popular and have long waiting lists.
You don’t have to choose the local hospital or private obstetrician your family doctor recommends.
Do your research and find a birth place and practitioner who best suits your needs.
It’s also a good idea to talk to your care provider about any current or potential health issues.
You can make a plan to control and treat health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, or anaemia.
It’s hard to imagine these things can have an impact on how you will birth in nine months.
However, they can and it’s better to start your pregnancy as healthy as you can be.
Your care provider may refer you to have an ultrasound in the next few weeks. This is also known as a dating scan.
These scans aren’t necessary unless you choose to have one. It can be helpful if you’re not sure of your last menstrual period or have irregular cycles.
The dating scan will estimate the gestational age of your baby. This is used to calculate your estimated due date.
If it’s important to know when your baby will be due, the earlier a dating scan is done the more accurate it will be.
Ultrasounds done in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy are between 3-5 days accurate.
But remember – this doesn’t predict the exact day your baby will be born! It’s an estimate only.
6 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
Because you’re still in the early stages of pregnancy, you might feel decidedly like your normal self.
However, by 6 weeks pregnant most women find they start feeling one or more of the signs of pregnancy, such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased appetite
- Occasional backache / lower backache
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Over emotional, lots of crying, anxiety
- Sore breasts/sore nipples
- Light headedness/dizziness
- Sensitivity to smells
- Things taste “different”
- Wondering if I am actually pregnant!
Please note that everyone is different, and you may have some, all, or none of these at this stage of pregnancy.
There’s a very good chance morning sickness has paid you a visit. Pregnancy sickness affects around 80-90% of pregnant women.
Don’t get mislead by the name, ‘morning sickness’, because it often lasts all day.
Possible causes are pregnancy hormones, blood pressure changes, and changes in carbohydrate metabolism.
Morning sickness usually resolves around 12-14 weeks of pregnancy.
About 0.3 – 2% of women develop hyperemesis gravidarum, which is severe vomiting in pregnancy.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is diagnosed when you are vomiting several times a day, are unable to eat and drink without vomiting, and are losing weight.
It can mean a short stay in hospital for rehydration, and requires some practical and emotional support for mum-to-be. For more information, read our article here.
Are Cramps Normal At 6 Weeks Pregnant?
So, implantation has certainly passed by now, is it normal to still experience cramping?
While your baby is still quite tiny, your uterus is already beginning to change.
As the uterus prepares to make room for a growing baby, it begins to expand. This slow growth can cause cramping for many mums-to-be.
Cramping in early pregnancy is typically considered a normal symptom. Cramping without any bleeding, is usually not a concern.
It’s important to report bleeding and accompanying symptoms to your care provider. It may be nothing but it’s always worth getting checked out.
Any severe cramping, especially localised pain, should be also be reported, with or without bleeding.
Generally, cramping can be a normal symptom during early pregnancy. You can read more in Cramps During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know
6 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
So what’s your baby up to in there?
If you have an early ultrasound at 6 weeks pregnant you may see the fetal pole and heartbeat.
But if your care provider can’t find this, don’t panic! You might not be as pregnant as you think and will need to go back in a few days or a week for a repeat scan.
Your baby already has a bloodstream. The heart, which is no bigger than a poppy seed, is not yet fully formed — it only has two chambers instead of the usual four. But these will soon develop.
The baby’s heart beats at around 150 times a minute, which is around twice the rate of an adult!
If you were able to look closely, you would see four little buds.
These will soon become arms and legs. On the sides of your baby’s head, eyes have started to develop.
Over the following weeks, the eyes will move into the correct position.
Nose, mouth and ears are also taking shape and will form your baby’s face.
The lungs are just starting to appear, along with the kidneys and intestines. Your baby’s spine has started to form.
At 6 weeks pregnant, your baby starts to look a little like a jellybean and is about 4-5mm long – the size of a grain of rice!
Babies at this age are measured from crown to rump (i.e. head to bottom), so the measurement excludes his or her legs.