6 Weeks Pregnant (Fetal Age 4 Weeks)
Now several pregnancy symptoms may be evident...
6 weeks pregnant, more or less every healthy pregnancy should be detectible with a pregnancy test, since hCG levels have been on the rise for 4 weeks now. Other signs of pregnancy are often evident as well.
Your baby is still very small, but growing rapidly. A midwife can actually already determine that you are pregnant by the softness of your uterus.
What to expect about...
During this week, an ultrasound scan will actually already be able to show your baby, although not in much detail. Your baby is too tiny and also not very human-like in appearance yet either.
But even is you can't see it, your uterus is full of life and activity. Development is furious right now to get everything is place. Already in week 10 of your pregnancy, all organs have been created.
Here is more on what is going on with your baby at 6 weeks pregnant:
If you are curious on what your baby looks like in this early stage of pregnancy, I really recommend the book A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson. I read it and looked at the pictures over and over again during my pregnancies.
As your pregnancy progresses you may notice more symptoms than before.
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Nausea, fatigue and even a thickening around your middle may be apparent.
Be comforted that morning sickness will most likely ease up in your second trimester and before you know it your cravings for odd foods will return. You can read about the benefits of morning sickness here.
At 6 weeks pregnant, a midwife can determine your pregnancy by the softness of your uterus.
The color of your areolas may even darken at this early stage as well. Different changes will happen at stages in each woman's pregnancy, so do not fear if you are not experiencing one or all of these symptoms immediately. You can read more about your areolas during pregnancy here.
Slight weight gain may occur for you anywhere from 2-6 pounds in total during this short time, although some women may actually lose weight due to lack of appetite and even frequent vomiting.
The best way to battle nausea with pregnancy is to cut down your meal sizes into smaller, more frequent portions to help your stomach process more often rather than trying to digest a larger amount of food less frequently. Drinking an adequate amount of water is also essential for your body since you are increasing your blood volume and will need the extra fluids.
Soon you will want to start shopping for those much-needed maternity clothes for the months to come. Be sure to shop around and make sure that the clothes you choose are comfortable fitting and easy to take care of. You will not want to iron or take your new clothes to the cleaners each week; you have enough to think about and prepare for in the days to come!
6th Week of Pregnancy VideoIf seeing means believing for you; watch this video explaining the 6th week of pregnancy in pictures and words.
Diary of a DaughterWhat's it really like being 6 weeks pregnant...? Here's a true diary from a 6 weeks pregnant mom-to-be. (Me..!)
Diary Of A DaughterStill pregnant... :-D My breasts are sore, I'm a little bit tired and hungry; otherwise everything is just normal. I had a slight spotting one day and almost freaked. But nothing happened and I'm still pregnant.
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