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6 Weeks Pregnant

Your Pregnancy Week by Week

*Counting from the first day of your last menstrual period

Your Baby at 6 Weeks

Your baby is the size of a lentil at 6 weeks pregnant - Pregnancy Week By Week Size: 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 Pregnant

Mom at 6 weeks pregnant - Pregnancy Week By Week How 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!

Common Symptoms:
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.

Weight Gain:
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.

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** Note: Every baby develops at a different rate. The numbers provided are averages based on a "typical" pregnancy. Your baby's size and weight may vary significantly. Your healthcare provider is the best person to interpret information on your baby's size, weight, health and development during your ultrasounds and pregnancy.

Community Comments (31)

Comment from Novab89 » Posted Mar. 19, 2013 6:59pm
I'm 6 weeks today and have some breast tenderness, but barely noticeable. Probably some moodswings (but don't want to admit to it haha). And while no nausea, definitely grossed out by some smells, causing some gagging. Lol. Increased hunger (although, feels like I should be hungrier than I am) and increased urination (like 6 times a day). But honestly, with "all that" going on, I still don't feel very pregnant. I feel pretty normal and it is sort of scaring me. I'm sure that I'll feel more reassured by my first OB appt in 3 days on 3/22/13.

Comment from HasntSunkIn » Posted Mar. 8, 2013 12:55pm
Just hit 6 weeks today and 12 weeks seems sooo far away! No morning sickness yet, just sore sore sore chest.

Comment from ya_lucy » Posted Jan. 23, 2013 5:16am
Tender breasts and tired, that is it for now :)

Comment from alishacolin » Posted Jan. 11, 2013 3:11pm
I am going on 6 weeks this Sun. Jan 13, and I currently have swollen, tender breasts and very bad, what feels like menstrual like cramps in my lower abdomen that come and go throughout the day. No morning sickness yet so lets keep fingers crossed ! (:

Comment from ravenmickey » Posted Nov. 6, 2012 11:48am
2day i am 6wks and only have swollen/sensitive breasts and fatigue as my pregnancy symptoms. thankfully i haven't been getting nasseau and hopefully i can't skip that! my 1st doc appointment is this friday. super excited!

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