6 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 6 WeeksSize: 0.25 inches (6.3 mm)
Weight: less than 1 gram
Baby's ears, nose, and mouth are starting to take shape on an oversized head. Tiny ears are starting to form and are now small depressions on either side of the head. On what will be the front of the baby's head small spots indicate where eyes and nostrils will be.
Arm and leg buds are now visible, as should be a heartbeat when you receive your first ultrasound. With a heart beating around 100 to 180 times a minute, your little one's heart is working hard to start pumping blood to where it needs to go. With intestines and lungs starting to develop, baby is well on her way.
Mom at 6 Weeks PregnantHow are those pregnancy hormones affecting you? While you are likely to snap at anyone who suggests that your moodiness can be attributed to your hormones, the reality is that they are right. The changes that your body is going through can leave you feeling a bit like a bloated and queasy Jekyll & Hyde - perky and cheerful one minute, and ready to scream at someone the next minute! Your fluctuating hormones are going to eventually even out, but in the meantime it's completely normal to have runaway emotions.
Your first OB appointment might not be the most exciting doctor's visit that you've had but your doctor will perform a number of important blood tests as a matter of routine. Your first ultrasound, on the other hand, is going to be an exciting visit! Your baby's heartbeat will look a little bit like a twinkling Christmas light bulb; your ultrasound technician will take a good look at your baby, do a few measurements and monitor the heartbeat in order to get an accurate idea of just how far along you are as well as how healthy the baby is.
If you are expecting twins, or more, your ultrasound will be sure to point out the two individual heartbeats! This first ultrasound is one that your partner definitely doesn't want to miss!
Mood swings that leave you elated one second, crying the next, and then lashing out in anger because your partner left his socks on the bedroom floor.
Spotting might still be a concern for you. While spotting is entirely normal for some women during pregnancy, it is still important that you mention this to your doctor because it can also be amongst the first signs of a miscarriage. Your doctor's examination and an ultrasound will be able to confirm that your spotting is just a normal part of your early pregnancy.
Increased sensitivity to smells and an increase in your nausea could start to be your new constant companions. If your nausea and vomiting are keeping you from being able to eat or drink much at all then you should mention it to your doctor as she might be able to recommend medications to help.
Swollen and tender breasts are likely to be a noticeable symptom for you right now; you're not yet ready for a larger bra but do make sure that the bras you are wearing don't pinch or bind you. Having room to breathe, so to speak, will help to keep you as comfortable as possible.
If your morning sickness is severe then you may find that you're actually losing a few pounds; while gaining a lot of weight during pregnancy isn't advisable, neither is losing a lot of weight. If you lose more than 3lbs during the first few weeks of pregnancy then you definitely need to mention it to your medical professional.
Make a doctor's appointment. There's no real reason to rush the doctor as soon as you know. By six weeks, your baby should be visible (but very small) by ultrasound and this is a good time for your doctor to do an ultrasound just to verify that you have a viable pregnancy. He or she will be looking for the tiny flutter of a heartbeat, which usually means that all is well to this point.