Your Pregnancy at Week 6by Your Baby Club
Wondering what is causing your nausea?
your baby this week:
Oh dear! Have you started hibernating? Growing a tiny human can be extremely tiring, and an emotional roller coaster. Don't be surprised if you find yourself being a teensy bit moody too with all the extra hormones floating around your body. It is important to remember though that if this mood persists, it may be worth a chat with your GP.
The size of a grain of rice, your little one is also now a prize... baby SEAHORSE! Don’t worry, this change in shape is the transition to getting 1st prize in the baby show by week 40! If you were able to get a good look at your little seahorse, you would be able to see dark spots where the eyes are growing, and small buds where the arms and legs will start to grow. How amazing that in just a few short weeks, we are starting to see all the signs of a new person emerging.
Also growing this week is your little one's kidneys, liver, and lungs.
Their jaw, cheeks, and chin are also developing and little indentations on the side of its head will eventually become ears. The little bump on its face will grow into a cute little button nose in just a few short weeks! Its tiny heart is now beating away at over 110 times per minute and continues to get faster each day until it's double the speed of yours - pumping blood around its teeny tiny body.
Pregnancy hormones are getting high now, so the nausea may have reared its ugly head. Whether you vomit, or just have that horrible feeling in your throat, we're sorry to say, it may be something you need to get used to, as it can linger for a few weeks. You may still have tender breasts and cramping, both of which are completely normal. If your vomiting is constant and you can't keep any food down, see your GP or doctor as it could be HG.
It will also be a few weeks yet until you see a midwife, but it may be a good time to ring up your GP or community midwife and let them know your news, and get you booked in for your booking appointment at 8-weeks. Don't forget, you are now entitled to free prescriptions and dental care, so you will want to get your exemption certificate.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
Have you heard that pregnant women should not change cat litter? It may sound strange, but it's true. Changing cat litter may put you at risk for a parasitic disease, called toxoplasmosis, which can cause pregnancy problems and serious birth defects. The solution isn't to get rid of your cat! The most important thing to do is get someone else to change the litter box (we know how much you'll miss the daily scooping). If there isn't anyone else to do it for you, wear rubber gloves while you scoop and change it. And when you are done... wash. your. hands.
Another thing to pay particular attention to is this, Eating uncooked meat and unwashed vegetables can cause toxoplasmosis, too. To ensure you and your baby avoid toxoplasmosis, cook all meats thoroughly, wash every cutting board and utensils that come in contact with the raw meat, and scrub your vegetables well before eating them.
It's time to prepare for your first prenatal doctor visit.
It will probably take place at some point between weeks 8 and 10 of pregnancy. It doesn't matter if you are seeing a new doctor or remaining with your regular OB, as long as you're receiving regular prenatal care. Your health should be one of your highest priorities. Ask questions and do your research to ensure you enjoy the healthiest pregnancy possible. Expect the midwife or doctor's office to ask you for a lot of information, such as your personal and family history of any past conditions or problems that could threaten your pregnancy.
They will want to know when you last had your period and any pregnancy symptoms you're experiencing. They may take a urine sample, or a blood sample if procedure calls for it. They will give you a routine exam, and possibly an ultrasound (which is a painless and noninvasive). If they use an early ultrasound, it will be performed trans-vaginally. This means a wand is inserted into your vagina and emits sound waves. These waves then bounce off the fetus to create a beautifully clear image, which is normally displayed on a ultrasound monitor. The ultrasound will help your midwife or doctor confirm a normal pregnancy – or multiple pregnancies! – and identify the age, heart rate, and due date of your little one(s). The ultrasound will help them to rule out potential complications, like an ectopic pregnancy, and examine the health of your pelvis, placenta, and uterus.
At some point during this first appointment, your midwife or OB doctor should provide you with information about the various screening tests available. These tests detect certain complications, diseases, and abnormalities. Don't make any on-the-spot decisions about which tests you do or don't want. Instead, go home and think about it. Talk with your partner. Do more research. Talk to experienced moms and other moms-to-be. This appointment is also an opportunity to ask your doctor which foods, activities, and medications are safe, and which are not, during pregnancy. If you have questions about your diet and weight gain, want a prescription for prenatal vitamins, or think of any other questions and concerns, ask them while you are there. If you forget and think of more afterwards, simply keep a tiny notebook in your purse and jot down each question as it comes to you, for your next appointment. If the question is urgent, call your midwife or doctor's office. They want to help you.
If you're still waiting for your body to give you some of the telltale signs of pregnancy, try to relax, because you won't be waiting much longer. By week six, your body is likely experiencing any or all of the symptoms:
- Positive home pregnancy test result
- Morning sickness, nausea, or vomiting
- Food cravings
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Mood Swings
- Increased need to urinate
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Strange dreams
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Bloating, gas, or constipation
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