6 weeks pregnant
The pregnancy hormones seem to take over your body and the associated symptoms are getting worse. Fortunately there is also good news. It is almost impossible to imagine, but after 6 weeks of pregnancy your baby’s face will already take shape.
Your baby in week 6 of your pregnancy
Week 6 of your pregnancy is an important week for the small embryo in your belly. The heart starts beating. This allows it to develop at a rapid pace. The foundation of your baby has already been laid. A second major development in week 6 is your baby’s head. The eyes , ears, nose, jaw and cheeks begin to take shape very carefully, even though the whole thing still looks like a small shrimp. Are you also curious about what he or she will look like in the future?
From a tiny straight stalk, the embryo changes into a curved C with a curled tail in the 6th week of your pregnancy. There are now small buttons on the ‘body’ of the embryo where his arms and legs come. The lungs, kidneys and liver are also developing further and the embryo will now receive its nutrients through your blood. You will be inextricably linked in the next 7 months.
You in week 6 of your pregnancy
You may not look very pregnant yet, but you can already feel pregnant! You can suffer from more and more different pregnancy symptoms. Reading this page without peeing can be a challenge. This is due to the increase in hCG and progesterone pregnancy hormones . These hormones ensure that your kidneys work more efficiently. Your growing womb is also starting to press more on your bladder. You now sometimes spend more time on the toilet than outside. Did you know that your urine can be very valuable for couples with fertility problems ? With the hCG in your urine, medicines can be made that increase fertility.Mothers for Mothers collects this urine. You can participate in this from this week.
Morning sickness turns out not to be a myth. If you are unlucky, it does not even stay just in the morning … In addition, your nose works like that of a sniffer dog, and now you cannot let off many odors. You smell everything a lot stronger, so public spaces can be quite a challenge. Unfortunately you can do little about the pregnancy ailments. Remember that you are doing it for the most beautiful purpose on earth: your baby!
Tip for 6 weeks pregnant
If your pregnancy test is positive, contact your doctor. It is nice for your doctor to know that you are pregnant. Sometimes a call is sufficient, but you can also be asked to come by. The doctor gives you advice and looks at whether you can best be guided by a gynecologist or obstetrician . You can request advice for a midwifery practice or choose a practice yourself and contact us. You do not need an official referral.
Tips for You This Week
Don’t skip all seafood
Avoid high-mercury fish like tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish, orange roughy, bigeye tuna, marlin and king mackerel, but don’t skip all good-for-you seafood. You can eat 8 to 12 ounces of well-cooked shellfish, canned light tuna, salmon (wild-caught is best) or cod a week.Look out for UTI symptoms
If it hurts to pee or if you gotta go but nothing comes, you may have a urinary tract infection. Talk to your doctor to find out for sure.
If you do have a UTI, ask for a baby-safe antibiotic. Women are at a higher risk after week 6 of their pregnancy.Go bland
Still suffering from morning sickness? Sadly, it isn’t limited to the mornings at all — unless you count mornings in every time zone. Will you scream if you even have to look at another saltine?
Fortunately, you have options: Dry and bland are still the key here, but that describes more than a cracker. Dry cereal, pretzels, rice cakes, well-toasted bread and bread sticks are all suitable for the bedside table or handbag stashing.Get your steps in
It’s one thing to make the commitment to exercise — it’s another thing to find a slot for it in your busy (and nauseating) schedule.
The best strategy is to block out a specific time in your day for working out — rather than waiting until you find half an hour to get around to it (hint: you never will).
If your schedule’s already double-booked, build exercise into your everyday life: Get off the bus two stops from the office, and walk the rest of the way. Park your car in a faraway spot at the mall instead of cruising for the closest. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Every step counts!Choose healthy treats
For every sweet or salty junk food you’re craving now, there’s a healthier choice that, coupled with some willpower, can keep your taste buds — and your baby — happy.
Substitute soy chips or baked chips for the greasy varieties. Or munch your way through some air-popped popcorn — tossed with some Parmesan for that salty kick you crave — rice cakes or pretzels.
If your inner chocoholic is clamoring to come out, satisfy it with a cup of hot chocolate or a single-serving Fudgsicle instead of that king-sized Snickers bar. You’re screaming for ice cream? Scream for frozen yogurt instead (and top yours with fresh berries to score nutritional brownie points).Pamper yourself
Relax — it’s perfectly safe to polish your nails; and take advantage now, since it’s likely that your nails are growing faster and stronger than ever thanks to pregnancy hormones.
If you get your nails done in a salon, make sure it’s a well-ventilated one: The fumes aren’t great for you now — not just because of safety issues but because they can make you feel queasy.
As for acrylics, there’s no proof that the chemicals are harmful to you or your fetus, but to be absolutely safe, you might opt to forgo those tips until the baby comes.
If your hormones didn’t get the memo and you find that your nails have become weak or brittle, try a clear nail hardener and reapply often — plus, make sure you’re getting enough calcium.Prepare for your first prenatal visit
Sure, you already got the news from your home pregnancy test — but it doesn’t hurt to hear it confirmed by a doctor, which is one reason you’re probably looking forward to your very first prenatal doctor’s appointment. Expect this checkup to be exciting…and long.
You’ll have a thorough physical, including a pelvic exam, Pap smear, and initial blood tests to determine your blood type, Rh factor, whether you’re iron-deficient, and whether your baby is at risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
You’ll also be tested for sexually transmitted infections, immunity to rubella (German measles), and ethnic-specific genetic diseases.
And you’ll need to pee into a cup so your urine can be tested for glucose, protein, red and white blood cells, and bacteria.
Be prepared to answer lots of questions — health histories can take a while — but more importantly, to ask some of your own. Bring a list so you won’t forget any.
Wonder whether you and Joe (aka your beloved extra-foamy mocha cappuccino) will have to part ways now that you’re expecting? Why your chest suddenly resembles a map of an interstate highway? If having sex can hurt your baby? Don’t just sit there — ask!
Remember no question is silly now. While you’re at it, talk to your doctor about whether you should get noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) — a screening for chromosomal abnormalities recommended for some at-risk moms that’s given as early as week 10 of pregnancy.