Has the news sunk in yet? At six weeks, your pregnancy is still new to you, so it’s normal to feel a little emotional. Add that to some pretty uncomfortable early pregnancy symptoms (which include hormone fluctuations that can feel like PMS — on steroids!), and it’s understandable to feel downright miserable. That’s probably why you have a whole nine months to adjust to pregnancy — and also because baby needs all that time to get all her working parts in order. What’s amazing is that of many of the crucial areas of baby development have already started at 6 weeks including circulating blood and sprouting eyes. Now that you’re pregnant, you probably have a million questions on your mind. Be sure to write them down so you have them ready to ask your OB at your first prenatal visit. Until then, we hope we can answer a bunch for you.
Your baby’s the size of a sweet pea!
The average embryo at week 6 is about .25 inches and will double in size again next week.
your baby at 6 weeks
- Obviously, she’s growing like crazy!
- She’s also circulating blood with her increasingly more sophisticated circulatory sytem.
- She’s about to get cuter too, since she’s starting to sprout a nose, eyes, ears, chin and cheeks.
- And she might even be wiggling her (paddle-like) hands and feet.
your pregnancy symptoms at 6 weeks
- Exhausted — your body’s still getting used to your changing hormones, and that’s why you’re probably feeling so wiped out.
- Nausea. Hate to break it, but morning sickness doesn’t just happen in the morning. It can be an all-day affair.
- Sore boobs, thanks to increased blood flow. Can you believe your breasts are already starting to prep for breastfeeding?
- Moodiness — yup, because of the hormones. Make sure you’re getting extra rest and eating plenty to try to try to keep your mood (at least sort-of) in check.
- Prepare for your first prenatal doctor’s appointment.
- Find out what’s safe to eat during pregnancy and what’s not.
- Continue taking a prenatal vitamin, if you aren’t already.
- Stop changing the cat litter, learn the other things that are not safe during pregnancy.
- Start a list of questions to ask at your first prenatal checkup.
- Learn some new healthy pregnancy recipes.
- Learn tricks for dealing with nausea.