6 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly, FAQs, Cramps, Precautions

6 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly, FAQs, Cramps, Precautions- Pregnancy is a time in a women’s life when she undergoes tremendous changes both physically and mentally. During pregnancy week 6, you are still in the early stages of pregnancy and may not feel the full gravity of a life growing inside you. But your baby is growing rapidly in your belly. This article gives a detailed understanding of pregnancy week 6 symptoms, cramps, and precautions.

At week 6, you are in the first trimester of pregnancy. During this time the organs of your baby start growing. There are still 34 more weeks to go for the pregnancy to be considered full term.
Baby Development

6 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly, FAQs, Cramps, Precautions

The fetes has assumed a C shape by the 6th week of pregnancy. Hence calculating the exact Crown to Rump Length (CRL) is difficult, but the CRL is usually about 5 millimetres. That means your baby is about the size of a pea pod or a grain of rice.

The baby’s heart is still developing, but it will begin to beat by six weeks. You will be able to hear the heartbeat at your next doctor’s visit. This is the week where the baby’s neural tube closes. This neural tube later develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord. The limb buds that will develop in the arms and legs begin to sprout.

6 Weeks Pregnant Common Symptoms

6 Weeks Pregnant
6 Weeks Pregnant

You might look the same on the outside, but at 6 weeks of pregnancy, you might be feeling a little under the weather. Common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue

Fatigue is part and parcel of being pregnant. Your body is working overtime to bring a new life in the world and it will take up a lot of energy. Pregnancy hormones, especially progesterone will make you feel fatigued. Anemia, stress, and lack of sleep will also cause tiredness.

  • Morning Sickness and nausea

Nausea, queasiness, and inability to keep food down that might last throughout the day for the entire first trimester are commonly known as morning sickness. Although the exact cause is unknown, the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is believed to be responsible for it. Almost 80% of expectant mothers suffer from morning sickness.

  • Frequent urination

During pregnancy, your heart is working overtime and hence with increased cardiac output. As blood and fluid flow through the body increases, the kidneys work more and cause more urine output.

  • Constipation and bloating

Pregnancy hormones, especially progesterone will make you feel extremely gassy, constipated, and bloated. Drinking a lot of water and including fiber in your diet might help.

Ultrasound at week 6

During your visit to the gynecologist, the doctor might perform a Trans Vaginal Ultrasound to determine the growth of the baby. The doctor will assess if the baby is properly situated in the womb, the Crown to Rump Length, and might even check the baby’s heartbeat.

What to do in Week 6?

  • First prenatal visit

If you are yet to consult a doctor, it is high time you do so. Get your first ultrasound done, describe your medical history and ensure the pregnancy is progressing ideally.

  • Take care of your diet

Avoid certain food from your diet during pregnancy. Raw meat, raw fish like sushi, certain fermented cheese, caffeine, and alcohol are best avoided throughout pregnancy. Include more fiber, protein and drink lots of water for a healthy pregnancy.

  • Exercise

Light exercise is indicated during pregnancy. Walking, low-intensity training, and swimming are some exercises ideal for pregnancy.

6 Weeks Pregnant FAQs,

Q. What are the common symptoms of pregnancy in week 6?

A. Common symptoms include bloating, nausea, constipation, and frequent urination.

Q. What foods should I avoid during this time?

A. Raw meat and fish, caffeine, alcohol, unpasteurized dairy products should be avoided.

Q. Which month of pregnancy is week 6?

A. At week 6 you are 1 month and 2 weeks pregnant.

 

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