Do you know what to expect at 6 weeks pregnant? This is still early in your pregnancy and your body is changing. You want to know what is normal so that you know when it is time to call your doctor. Knowing what to do at this time and what to expect will help you to start your pregnancy off on the right foot.
Your Developing Baby
At this point in your pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a sweet pea. He or she is rapidly growing and the following is starting to occur:
- The circulatory system is getting more complex and more blood is circulating
- Your baby might start to wiggle his or her feet and hands
- Your baby is starting to develop a nose, ears, cheeks, eyes and chin
- The heart has a normal rhythm
- Brain hemispheres are forming and your baby has detectable brain waves
Many women do not even know that they are pregnant at this point, but your baby is quickly taking shape and developing.
Your Changing Body
By the time you get to week six, a number of changes are occurring in your body. If you do not yet know that you are pregnant, your body is giving you plenty of signs to let you know. One of the biggest symptoms at this stage is nausea. It is often referred to as morning sickness, but it can occur at any time of the day. Other symptoms that are common at this week of pregnancy include:
- You are exhausted
- You are experiencing headaches
- You are feeling faint
- Your breasts are very sore and tender
- You are experiencing constipation
- You are having mood swings
Within the next few weeks, these symptoms typically start to go away. At this point, you want to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fiber, keep crackers and ginger ale around and make sure that you are getting plenty of rest. You should also see your doctor to get a pregnancy checkup to make sure that everything is okay.
Now, you have a general understanding about what to expect at 6 weeks pregnant. You know when to call your doctor and when the various discomforts are normal. Make sure that you are resting and paying attention to your diet. Getting the right nutrients and adequate calories is critical at this time in your pregnancy.