At 6 weeks pregnant, you might notice your pregnancy symptoms have ramped up a notch.
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
Taking care of yourself in early pregnancy is important.
Make sure 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 too far from the bathroom these days.
6 weeks pregnant
You might think it’s a bit early to be organising a prenatal visit with your doctor, but it isn’t.
It’s important to start to consider your options for pregnancy and birth care.
Depending on what’s available in your area, options like private midwifery or birth centres might be popular, and have long waiting lists.
Be sure to do your own research. Find a birth place you feel comfortable and safe in, and a practitioner who is aligned with the outcomes you want for birth.
Read our article about things to ask an obstetrician before choosing someone.
Also, talk to your healthcare provider about any current or potential health concerns you might have. You can make a plan to control and treat health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, or anaemia.
Certain conditions can have an impact on how you will give birth eight months from now. It’s better to be as healthy as you can be as you start your pregnancy.
6 week ultrasound
While there’s no official 6 week ultrasound for medical purposes, your care provider might refer you to have an ultrasound in the next few weeks.
This is also known as a dating scan.
A 6 week ultrasound isn’t really necessary; it’s your choice whether or not to have one. It’s usually an internal vaginal ultrasound, meaning the ultrasound (which heats tissue) is close to your developing baby.
For this reason, some people choose to avoid unnecessary first trimester scans.
A 6 week ultrasound can be helpful if you’re not sure of the date of your last menstrual period, or if you have irregular cycles.
If it’s important to know when your baby will be due, then the earlier a dating scan is done, the more accurate it will be. This doesn’t predict the exact day your baby will be born – It’s an estimate only.
If you have an early ultrasound when you’re 6 weeks pregnant, you might see the fetal pole and even a heartbeat. But if you can only see the empty yolk sac, don’t panic! It’s very normal at this early stage.
Find out more in our article, early ultrasounds – are they necessary?
6 weeks pregnant symptoms
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 start to experience one or more of the signs of pregnancy, such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased appetite
- Occasional backache/lower backache
- Extreme fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling over emotional, with lots of crying, anxiety
- Sore breasts/sore nipples
- Light headedness/dizziness
- Sensitivity to smells
- Noticing things taste ‘different’
- Wondering whether they are actually pregnant
6 weeks pregnant no symptoms
It’s possible to be 6 weeks pregnant and have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. Pregnancy affects every woman differently, even different pregnancies with the same woman.
Some women never experience any morning sickness, so if that’s lucky you, enjoy the freedom from nausea (but maybe don’t boast about it!).
It’s possible to have such mild pregnancy symptoms that you don’t notice until hindsight makes you notice them for what they were. If you feel really concerned about no symptoms then speak to your care provider for reassurance your pregnancy is developing well.
6 weeks pregnant belly
With all those pregnancy symptoms likely to start around now, you can be forgiven for thinking you might have something to show for it, like a little bump.
It’s pretty common to be a little bloated at 6 weeks pregnant but it’s unlikely you will look pregnant from the outside. However women who had have more than one pregnancy can find themselves noticing they ‘pop’ out much faster than their previous pregnancies.
6 weeks pregnant morning sickness
There’s a very good chance morning sickness has paid you a visit. Morning sickness affects 80-90% of pregnant women.
Don’t be misled by the name: ‘morning sickness’ can often last all day.
Possible causes are pregnancy hormones, blood pressure changes, and changes in the metabolism of carbohydrates.
Morning sickness usually resolves at about 12-14 weeks of pregnancy.
About 0.3 – 2% of women develop hyperemesis gravidarum, which is severe vomiting in pregnancy.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is diagnosed if you are vomiting several times a day, you are unable to eat and drink without vomiting, and you are losing weight.
If you are mum-to-be with hyperemesis gravidarum you will need some practical and emotional support. It can mean a short stay in hospital so you can be rehydrated.
6 weeks pregnant cramping
Implantation has certainly happened by now, so is it normal to still experience cramping?
Even though 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 considered a normal symptom. Any severe cramping, especially with localised pain – with or without bleeding – should be also be reported.
You can read more in Cramps During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know.
Bleeding at 6 weeks pregnant
Bleeding can happen in early pregnancy and it causes women a lot of concern. If bleeding happens around 6 weeks pregnant it’s roughly the time of when your period was due. This could mean implantation bleeding has occurred.
Almost a quarter of all women say they experience some spotting or bleeding in the first trimester. This bleeding is usually lighter and can vary in colour, from pink to red, or even brown. It might only be noticeable when you wipe with toilet paper and can be with or without cramping.
If there is bleeding similar to your normal period or more severe cramping, it’s important to report this to your care provider. It might be nothing to worry about, but it’s always worth getting checked out.
6 weeks pregnant twins
Until you have an ultrasound, it’s not possible to tell you’re pregnant with twins very early on. However many mamas of twins report they felt their pregnancy symptoms ramped up a notch at the 6 week mark.
There tends to be more pregnancy hormones with twins so it’s not uncommon for you to feel more tired and have more morning sickness in the first trimester. That being said, it’s not the case for all twin pregnancies.
6 weeks pregnant – your baby
So what’s your baby up to in there?
Your baby already has a bloodstream, but 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 they will soon develop.
The baby’s heart beats at about 150 times a minute, which is twice the rate of an adult heart.
If you were able to look closely at your baby’s body, you would see four little buds.
They will soon become arms and legs. On each side of your baby’s head, an eye has started to develop.
During the coming 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 also started to form.
6 weeks pregnant – baby size
At 6 weeks pregnant, your baby’s size is about 4-5mm long – the size of a grain of rice. If you could look really close, he or she is starting to look like a little jellybean!
Babies at this age are measured from crown to rump (i.e. head to bottom), so the measurement excludes the legs. If you see the initials CTR on your ultrasound or report, this is what it means.
A: A very faded line on a pregnancy test often means that you’re pregnant – just in the very early stages. If you test again in the coming days, the line should get darker, not lighter or disappear.
A: If you want to conceive a boy, then the best time to have sex is the day before ovulation is due to occur. During intercourse, positions that allow for deep penetration, such as doggy style or straddling.
A: A baby starts to talk at the age of 11 months old to 14 months old. The baby, at this time, often says ‘dada’ or ‘mama’ first. But there are other words that he or she could say first if it’s something he or she always hears.
A: When you’re pregnant, you should be drinking teas which are classified as herbal (and not on the unsafe list). Teas classified as being caffeinated are the ones that you should avoid, like green tea and black tea.