Pregnancy at 6 weeks - Things to do and Things to avoid

Pregnancy at 6 weeks - Symptoms, Ultrasound, Baby Development, What to expect, Things to do & Things to avoid

Your baby is the size of a pea or a lentil at 6 weeks of pregnancy. If you're 6 weeks pregnant it means you're 2 months pregnant right now. There are 7 more months to go. We're here with the details of pregnancy at 6 weeks symptom, ultrasound, embryo development, and more. 

Things to do and to avoid at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Pregnancy 6 weeks symptoms

The hormones Estrogen and Progesterone are responsible for almost all the symptoms of pregnancy. At 6 weeks of pregnancy, you'll not fell pregnant but you'll experience some of the early pregnancy symptoms which are given below :

1. Morning Sickness, Nausea & Vomiting at 6 weeks pregnant

Almost 75% of women experience Morning Sickness, Nausea & Vomiting during pregnancy especially in the first trimester. Yes, morning sickness will make you feel tired and lousy but it doesn't harm your baby. Morning Sickness is triggered by a pregnancy hormone called HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

2. Fatigue at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Fatigue or Tiredness is an early sign of pregnancy that a pregnant woman experiences especially during the first trimester. Take rest and focus on taking care of yourself throughout your pregnancy. Do those things which you love to do. 

3. Mood Swings at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Mood Swings are also one of the most common symptoms which a woman feels during her pregnancy. The variation in certain hormones causes mood swings. That why sometimes you feel delighted and sometimes got emotional. Take healthy snacks and meals and keep yourself busy in that work which you love to do. 

4. Frequent urination at 6 weeks of pregnancy

The variations in certain hormones increase urine production during pregnancy. The extra blood flow makes pregnant women's kidneys to produce more urine.

5. Tender and Swollen Breasts at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Tender and Swollen Breast is one of the most common symptoms which can be seen during early pregnancy. Your breasts will continue to change throughout your pregnancy as they are preparing for breastfeeding but they stop hurting you after the end of the first trimester. Wear a supportive cotton bra.

6. Food Cravings & Aversion at 6 weeks of pregnancy

The level of estrogen hormone rapidly rises in a pregnant woman which causes food cravings and food aversions, especially during early pregnancy. 
Abdominal Bloating, Constipation & Gas
Progesterone hormone is responsible for constipation or abdominal bloating. To avoid constipation or bloating eat lots of fiber food or fruits and drink plenty of water.

Pregnancy 6 weeks spotting

Cramping or Spotting in early pregnancy is normal but if you're feeling severe cramping or heavy Vaginal Bleeding then you have to call your doctor immediately. 

Pregnancy 6 weeks ultrasound

Usually, the first prenatal visit is scheduled for around 8 or 9 weeks. But if you have an ultrasound at 6 weeks then your doctor might be able to see the fetal heartbeat. At 6 weeks of pregnancy ultrasound, a baby's heart can be seen beating at 110-160 beats per minute. Don't be panic if your doctor doesn't see a fetal pole or fetal heartbeat at 6 weeks. Usually, a heartbeat can be seen at 8 weeks of pregnancy so your doctor will do another ultrasound after a few weeks. 

6 weeks pregnant belly

As your baby is just a size of a pea and 4 to 7 mm long at 6 weeks of pregnancy so you'll not look like pregnant at all. If you don't want to share the good news with the world yet then you can keep your pregnancy a secret for a little longer.

Size of Baby at 6 weeks 

At 6 weeks of pregnancy, your baby is just a size of a pea or a lentil and 4 to 7 mm in length from crown to rump.

6 weeks pregnant HCG

The standard HCG range at 6 weeks of pregnancy is 1,080 - 56,500 mIU/mL.

Embryo Development at 6 weeks pregnant

There are many changes occurring in your embryo at 6 weeks of pregnancy. At 6 weeks of pregnancy, your embryo or baby's crown to rump measurement is less than half of an inch and growing rapidly. Some of the baby's vital organs, features, and body systems started to form or continue to grow rapidly during 6 weeks of pregnancy. 

Baby Development at 6 weeks of pregnancy  

Some of the features, organs, and body systems which started to form at 6 weeks are given below :

  • The Neural Tube (It is a tissue which forms the brain, spinal cord, spine, and nerves)
  • C-Shaped Body 
  • The Heart (Heat divided into four chambers and started pumping the blood)
  • Primitive Germ Cells (These cells forms male or female genitalia)
  • Arm and Leg Buds
  • Head
  • Inner Ear
  • Pituitary Gland
  • Kidneys, Lungs
  • Liver
  • Facial features such as nose, eyes, cheeks, jaws, and chin

What to expect at 6 weeks pregnant?

Your hormones will change throughout your pregnancy. These hormone changes give rise to different pregnancy symptoms such as mood swings, morning sickness, and more. 

(Also read: Blood test for pregnancy)\

Prepare for your first Prenatal visit

This is the time of your first prenatal visit. Your doctor will do some of the essential tests to confirm your pregnancy. The following tests can be obtained by your doctor to evaluate your health :

  • Pap smear
  • Urine Test (To determine glucose, protein, red blood cells, white blood cells, and bacteria)
  • Blood Test (To determine your blood type, Rh factor)
  • Prenatal Genetic Testing
  • Immunity to German Measles (Rubella)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases 
  • Specific Genetic Diseases

Things to do at 6 weeks pregnant 

  • Eat Healthy Diet
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Take Folic Acid (If you're not taking folic acid then your doctor will recommend it. Consuming folic acid before and during pregnancy reduces the risks of neural defects in babies such as Spina Bifida).
  • Talk to your doctor about the medications which you're already taking. 

Things to avoid at 6 weeks pregnancy 

  • Avoid smoking, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Avoid eating unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Avoid eating certain kinds of seafood such as King Mackerel, Shark, or Swordfish.
  • Limit the amount of caffeine or avoid it.
  • Don't eat uncooked food.

When to visit your doctor 

When your healthcare provider confirmed your pregnancy and after that, you notice any of the following symptoms then talk to your doctor :
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Mild Cramping, Dizziness
  • Nausea or Vomiting

If you notice any of the following symptoms then take immediate medical help from your healthcare provider :
  • Heavy Vaginal Bleeding
  • Severe Cramping 
  • Vaginal Fluid Leakage
  • Severe Pelvic Pain
  • Unconsciousness 

So, this was some of the basic information about 6 weeks of pregnancy. I hope that it helps all of you a lot. Good luck and enjoy your pregnancy phase ladies. 

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