6 Weeks Pregnant ─ Pregnancy Symptoms

You May Not See Any Visible Signs of Pregnancy but there are Many Changes Taking Place

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Breast Pain
71% of women experience breast pain and tenderness as a symptom during week 6 of pregnancy. More >>
63% of women experience fatigue as a symptom during week 6 of pregnancy. More >>
44% of women experience nausea as a symptom during week 6 of pregnancy. More >>

This week may be the first time you notice any internal symptoms of your pregnancy, although you will not yet "look pregnant." However, the absence of pregnancy symptoms is normal, so do not be concerned.

Pregnancy 6 weeks pregnant embryo development


The Embryo now has 14 somites which will develop into skeletal muscles, and vertebrae.

The eyes start their first signs of developing.

The Arm/Leg Buds are starting to sprout.

The Umbilical Cord is starting to supply some nutrients from the developing placenta.

The Yolk Sac still provides most of the nourishment to the embryo.

Pharyngeal Arches will develop into the head, jaw and neck.

Week 6 baby embryo size raisin
Embryo Size
Your baby is about the size of a raisin during week 6.

LENGTH: 0.15 in / 0.38 cm
WEIGHT: 0.01 oz / 0.28 g

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One symptom of pregnancy you may experience at this stage is morning sickness. Morning sickness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. Although it is named "morning sickness," nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day, as well as more than once. This may be adversely affecting your appetite, since you may no longer be able to stomach certain foods. If this is the case, it is important that the food that you do eat is nutritious like leafy greens, legumes, and fish. You may also want to spend some time in the sun since vitamin D is vital to your baby’s healthy growth. Vitamin D supplements are also available. To help the nausea you may want to try some of these tricks: eating bland foods such as crackers, foods and drinks containing ginger, and eating small meals very frequently. You tend to be more nauseous when you are hungry so never let your stomach completely empty. If you do have morning sickness you will be losing lots of fluids so you have to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. See your doctor if the nausea and vomiting is too much to bear.

Your nutrition and health during your pregnancy is extremely important, however at this stage in your baby’s development, it is receiving all of its nutrients from its yolk sac. The yolk sac acts like the liver, and will produce your embryo’s first red blood cells (the liver takes over this function after week 9). In the next week or so, the primitive beginnings to a circulatory system will develop, as well as one of your baby’s major organs, its heart.

This sixth week of your pregnancy marks the rapid growth of your baby. Three types of cells are forming: cells that will form the skin and nervous system, cells that will form the blood vessels, muscles, and bones, and cells that will form the entire digestive system. Now, the cells in charge of the spine and the nervous system are hard at work. It is important that you are taking folic acid at this stage to ensure that the neural tube closes completely. With all this occurring, your body is working hard, and you may be feeling exhausted. Fatigue is a common pregnancy symptom, but be aware and track your fatigue. Fatigue can also be a symptom of anemia. To avoid anemia, you should eat iron rich foods, such as, leafy greens, red meat, whole-grain cereals, and legumes. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so take supplements, or drink orange juice. You should limit, or even avoid, caffeine in your diet because caffeine hinders the absorption of iron into your body.

Another symptom of your pregnancy at this stage may be an increase in your breast size. This is the first part of your body that will change its shape. They will become quite bigger, rapidly, and may be tender to the touch. Your breast changes are due to the increase in the hormone estrogen in your body. Wearing a bra that provides lots of support may help with the tenderness in your breasts, and you may want to wear your bra to sleep. Creams containing aloe vera may also be soothing for the tenderness you are experiencing.

At this time in your pregnancy, you’ll want to be careful while you are cleaning you home. You should not use toxic products, keep rooms ventilated, and wear gloves. There are many alternative-cleaning products derived from plant products that are safe to use for you and baby. You’ll want to be careful, since this is a time when concerns about miscarriages are common. There is nothing that you can do to prevent a miscarriage, in fact 60% of miscarriages are caused by a one-time genetic issue. But bleeding does not always mean that a miscarriage is occurring, as stated before. Consult with your doctor if you have any concerns.

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