At 6 weeks pregnant, you might notice your early 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 Pregnancy Care
You might think it’s a bit early to be organising a prenatal visit with your doctor, but it isn’t.
It’s important you 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.
You don’t have to choose the local hospital or the private obstetrician your family doctor recommends.
Do your own research. Find a birth place and practitioner that best suit your needs.
It’s also a good idea to talk to your care provider about any current or potential health concerns.
You can make a plan to control and treat health conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, or anaemia.
It’s hard to imagine how these things can have an impact on how you will birth eight or so months from now.
They can, however, and it’s better to be as healthy as you can be as you start your pregnancy.
6 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
Your care provider might refer you to have an ultrasound in the next few weeks. This is also known as a dating scan.
This type of scan isn’t really necessary; it’s your choice whether or not to have one.
It can be helpful if you’re not sure of the date of your last menstrual period, or if you have irregular cycles.
The dating scan will estimate the gestational age of your baby, which 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 accurate to between 3 and 5 days.
But remember – this doesn’t predict the exact day your baby will be born! It’s an estimate only.
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
Please note: everyone is different, and you might have some, all, or none of these symptoms at this stage of your pregnancy.
6 Weeks Pregnant Morning Sickness
There’s a very good chance morning sickness has paid you a visit. Pregnancy 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.
For more information, read our article: Hyperemesis Gravidarum – More Than Morning Sickness.
Are Cramps Normal At 6 Weeks Pregnant?
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. Cramping without any bleeding is not usually a cause for concern.
If there is bleeding, with accompanying symptoms, it’s important to report them to your care provider. It might be nothing to worry about, but it’s always worth getting checked out.
Any severe cramping, especially with localised pain – with or without bleeding – should be also be reported.
Generally, cramping is a normal symptom during early pregnancy.
You can read more in Cramps During Pregnancy – What You Need To Know.
6 Weeks Pregnant Belly
If you have an early ultrasound at 6 weeks pregnant you might see the fetal pole (a thickening on the edge of the yolk sac) and even a heartbeat.
But if your care provider can’t find this, don’t panic!
You might not be as pregnant as you think, and you might need to go back in a few days or a week for a repeat scan.
At 6 weeks pregnant you might think you can see a little bump popping out.
Your uterus is still well below your pelvic bone, at this stage, so it’s more likely to be bloating than a baby bump.
If you have been pregnant before, you might find your bump shows much earlier. This is because the muscles in your abdomen are much looser.
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.
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 the legs.