Week by Week

What pregnant women need to know in week 6 of pregnancy?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

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Baby Development

How is my baby growing?

Your baby is now as big as a small bean with a height of 0.6 cm long.

In the sixth week, the brain and nervous system of the baby are developing at a staggering pace. Optical bags on either side of the fetus – the eyes will later become part – are going to develop this week. The corrugated roads will make up the inner ear, which has started to develop.

Fetal heart starts beating at this time and can be detected through ultrasound. The digestive system of the infant respiratory is well formed. Bud cells will develop into arms and legs. Because baby legs curled around his body for months of pregnancy, so to accurately measure the height of the baby will be very difficult. That is why the height of the fetus is often measured from crown to rump rather than from head to toe. This week, your baby has the size of 2-5 mm from crown to rump.

Body & Life Changes

How is my body changing?

You may be feeling more of your pregnancy symptoms this week than last week. Your body is working hard to nourish your baby. You are working overtime, which can lead to extreme fatigue and exhaustion. Here are some tips that help you get through this period.

  • Listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired, that means you need to rest. Pace yourself and be aware of the signs your body is trying to tell you. Don’t try to over exert yourself. Let the dirty dishes wait until later.
  • Ask for help. Don’t be a super mom-to-be. Let your partner know exactly how you are feeling, so he can help support you. If your friends or family ask if they can give you a hand, say yes — always! Having a friend to help you carry some groceries can mean you might actually have enough energy left to have a nice walk after dinner.
  • Get more sleep. If you’re constantly sleepy, make a point of getting more sleep If at all possible, go to bed earlier, stay in bed later, or both.
  • Eat right. To keep your energy up, you need a steady supply of fuel from food. Follow the pregnancy diet by focusing on long-lasting energy boosters, such as protein and complex carbohydrates. Also make sure you’re getting enough calories. Your nausea may make you not an appetite. It’s important to find foods that you can easily eat. Such as porridge and pumpkin soup. Adding a little ginger can also help with your nausea.
  • Eat often. Your fatigue can be managed by having 6 small meals a day. Keeping your blood sugar on an even level will help keep your energy steady too. It is best to find healthy snacks that can give your energy.
  • Keep moving. You may want to lie on your sofa all day. It is better to find an exercise routine that can boost your energy. This may be a short walk around the block or a 30 min swim in the morning. This will keep you feeling energized and help you sleep better at night.

If your fatigue does not improve or gets worse, please consult your doctor. There may be other underlying causes to your fatigue. Your doctor can give you the proper diagnosis.

What should I be concerned about?

Don’t worry if you find yourself visiting the bathroom constantly. This is normal. The pregnancy hormone, HCG, is causing frequent urination. It increases blood flow to your kidneys to flush the waste from you and your baby. You are going to the bathroom for not just you but also your baby. Here are some tips that can help you manage.

  • Lean forward when you urinate. This helps empty out your bladder better. When you are done peeing, pee again. This ensures that your bladder is completely emptied each time, so you might need fewer trips to the bathroom.
  • Keep drinking. Don’t cut back on liquids thinking it’ll keep you out of the bathroom. Your body and your baby need a steady supply of fluids during your pregnancy — plus dehydration can lead to urinary tract infection.
  • Limit caffeine. The less caffeine you consume the better. Caffeine will only make your excessive urination even more frequent and can increase your heart rate. It is recommened to limt to less than 200mg of caffeine a day, which is about 355ml (12 oz) cup of coffee.

Frequent urination can be annoying, but it will help you and your baby by flushing all the bad wastes out of the body.

Doctor Visits

What should I tell my doctor?

In the second month of pregnancy, the feeling of excitement when you know you are pregnant may soon vanish and you may soon feel frightened. What would happen if you did something harmful to the baby before you know you are pregnant? What should we do if you accidentually take an aspirin to treat a headache or drink a glass of wine at dinner? What to do if you are sick with the flu? These are normal concerns. Don’t stress! Your doctor can reassure you that your baby is unharmed. You just need to let them know.

What tests pregnant women should know?

Your first tests will not be performed until your first visit to the doctor. Some may wait until week 8 or week 9 to see the doctor. If you are anxious, you can schedule your visit around this time. Some blood tests may be done during your first visit to determine your blood group (A, B, AB or 0) and Rh factor (Rh positive or Rh negative), and determine whether you still have immunity to some diseases from the previous vaccinations, such as rubella or hepatitis B or not.

Health & Safety

What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?

As we have said a few weeks ago, stress is not good for your growing baby. Many people wonder whether stress can cause miscarriage? In fact, stress has long been suspected as a cause of early pregnancy loss, but there is little evidence to prove this theory. A search estimated 10-20% of pregnant women miscarried. Usually, the cause of early pregnancy loss is due to abnormalities in chromosomes or some problems in the development of the embryo. The other causes of early miscarriage may include:

  • Abnormalities in chromosomes in one of two parents;
  • Coagulation disorders;
  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities;
  • Hormonal imbalances;
  • The immune response breaks embryo transplant process.

If you’re worried that you might miscarriage, focus on taking care of you and the fetus and stay away from the risk of miscarriage, such as smoking and drinking.

So next week the fetus will grow like what?

Hello Health Group does not offer any advice, diagnosis or medical treatment.

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