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The sixth week of your pregnancy is both a milestone and an accomplishment. You’ve officially made it halfway through your first trimester. As you’ve endured a wide range of symptoms and changes in your life, your baby has grown inside you, developing into a distinctly recognizable entity with a clearly formed head, developing nostrils and eyes and the beginnings of a more pronounced face.
It is within week six that an expectant mother begins to show visible signs of pregnancy as her belly swells and her weight begins to increase. For most women, pregnancy symptoms will go into full swing, with intense fatigue, nausea, food cravings, mood swings, anxiety, breast pain, and morning sickness reaching a crescendo.
With women having vastly different experiences with their respective pregnancies, there’s no way to predict whether or not a woman will experience the full range of pregnancy symptoms or perhaps just a few of them.
Weight gain is an incredibly variable symptom of pregnancy, with many women rapidly putting on weight by the sixth week, while others may initially lose a bit of weight as a result of morning sickness and ultimately go on to gain weight later in their pregnancy term.
Despite the variance in symptoms, the vast majority of women will endure a range of symptoms at different degrees of severity, with a marked increase commencing around the sixth week of their term.
The surge in symptomatology is resultant from the rapid rate that your baby is developing at, with your body thrown into a state of turbulence. Fortunately, there are a slew of actions that can be undertaken to mitigate and ease many of the distressingly severe week six pregnancy symptoms.
Read on below to learn how to manage the week six turning point in your pregnancy, with tips on emotional health, physical well-being, and ensuring the optimal fitness of your soon-to-be-born baby.
Your Physical and Emotional Health
6 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
At six weeks, many women feel intermittent discombobulation and experience extreme dizziness. With hormonal changes peaking, a pregnant woman’s emotions will often feel completely out of control.
Dizzy spells exacerbate the lack of brain clarity immensely, while previously established symptoms such as tender breasts, fatigue, and food cravings serve to attenuate a pregnant woman’s sense of rationality.
In other words, during week six, a pregnant woman may very well feel like she is going insane! Plagued with physical and emotional symptoms, her body is in a state of stormy metamorphosis, with the most readily apparent symptom often being a “Jekyll and Hyde” type of split personality.
The loss of emotional control is especially troublesome for pregnant women who are already experiencing a high degree of anxiety from the onslaught of symptoms they are enduring. As HCG levels and hormones fluctuate wildly, emotions peak and dip, sometimes even from minute to minute.
The employment of relaxation techniques is especially critical during this time in pregnancy. Exercise is of paramount importance with classic relaxation activities such as yoga, breathing exercises, bubble baths, and trips to the sauna being invaluable tools to achieve a sense of calm, control, and well-being.
Your Baby’s Health and Status
6 Weeks Pregnant – Baby’s status
Your baby’s internal organs are fast developing with the formation of its liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines along with its urinary system.
At just under 6.5 millimeters, your baby is the size of a bean, still resembles a tadpole, and is now executing its first movements. It’s important to bear in mind that the movements your baby is making are delicate shifts that will be imperceptible to you at this point.
Tips, Tricks, and Knowledge
6 Weeks Pregnant
- While the term “eating for two” may be thrown around quite a bit, it is not entirely correct. While you are eating for you and your baby, it doesn’t mean to double the calories or to overeat. Rather, the general recommendation is to consume an additional 300 calories per day to both sustain the mutual health of you and your baby and to also limit your pregnancy weight gain
- Have mini meals throughout the day. Doing so will regulate your blood sugar levels, keep you satisfied, and limit the degree of nausea and fatigue you experience.
- As weight gain becomes more of a reality, start investing in maternity clothing that offers a comfortable fit to accommodate your growing belly
- Keep things in perspective and remember that your body and system are working exceedingly hard at this time – you are after all growing a human being inside you. Remind yourself that the frustratingly painful pregnancy symptoms are only temporary and that a beautiful baby awaits you at the end of this process
- If you are one of the many women who can’t stomach prenatal vitamins, ask your doctor to write you a prescription for chewable fruit-flavored prenatal vitamins
The critical turning point presented in week six of your pregnancy means that your baby’s major organs and internal systems are rapidly growing; thus, it is especially important by this time to adhere to eating “safe” foods and avoiding the following:
|Raw or undercooked meat||Pâte||Haggis and Liver-sausage||Soft cheeses (particularly those with white-colored rinds)|
|Raw or undercooked eggs||Venison and game||Swordfish, Marlin, King Mackerel, Shark, Tilefish||Bleu cheeses|
|Raw shellfish such as scallops, clams, mussels, crab, prawns, and oysters||Unpasteurized milk||Soft cheese made from unpasteurized milk from goats or sheep||Uncooked cold-cured fermented meats such as chorizo and pepperoni|
|Caffeine in excess of 200 milligrams per day||Organ Meats||Deli Meat||Alcohol|
|Unwashed produce||Raw sprouts||Smoked Seafood||Fresh-squeezed (unpasteurized) juices|
Week 6 To-do List and Reminders
6 Weeks Pregnant
- Devise a list of your favorite relaxation techniques that will help to relieve stress and anxiety. Yoga, trips to the sauna, exercise, bubble baths, a hot tub soak, and massages are excellent ways to relax and immediately feel better
- Ensure that you get at least a minimum amount of exercise. Even just a 15-minute walk a day will be a boon for your strength and endurance levels
- Maintain your vitamin regime inclusive of a prenatal vitamin, vitamin D, and folic acid
- Set up regular appointments with your doctor to monitor your pregnancy progress
Hypervitaminosis A: Toxicity from an overabundance of vitamin A in your body, this condition can result in vision issues, achy bones, and a range of skin conditions in addition to causing harm to your fetus. To prevent Hypervitaminosis A, avoid vitamin A supplements, high-dosage vitamins, fish oil supplements, haggis, liver, pate, and liver sausage
Cool Things to Know
- The term “morning sickness” is actually a misnomer. Morning sickness symptoms can strike at any time of the day or night
- Due to the way pregnancy calculations are made from the first day of your last period, you are considered to be 6 weeks pregnant at 4 weeks post-fertilization!
- At about 24 days into your pregnancy, your baby’s heart started to beat. Amazingly, at week six, your baby now has a heartbeat that ranges from 100 to over 150 beats per minute which is double the heartrate of an adult
Ready to find out what’s next in your pregnancy journey?