6 weeks pregnant

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You have now completed six weeks of pregnancy.

Your baby at this stage (6 weeks)

Your baby currently is approximately the size of a lentil. Even though the baby is still so small, her earliest features are now starting to form. The baby currently has a big head and has dark spots at the places where her eyes and nostrils are starting to grow and little outgrowths where eventually ears will be formed.

Your symptoms at this stage (6 weeks)

There still won’t be any externally visible signs of the remarkable developments happening inside you. But by now you must have started to feel it as in the initial weeks of pregnancy the transformation taking place inside your body is likely to make you feel more tired than usual as well as nauseous.

There are times when this imbalance between how you are feeling, and how the outside world perceives, could be difficult to manage. Some mums to be even start feeling a little low instead of joyful and it is even more so when you have not revealed the news of your pregnancy to your friends, at your workplace and to your family.

To manage the situation, try to reduce stress at work if you can. Also, it would help if you could offload some home responsibilities, and try to get your partner involved in the pregnancy as well. Make some efforts to prioritise rest and visit your Doctor if you are feeling too sick, fatigued or nauseous.

Distraction is also likely to help. Try to plan about your antenatal care and find out the birthing options available to you.

Previously, you might have assumed that disturbed nights will start only after your baby’s arrival. However, many women experience sleep disruption right from the beginning of their pregnancy. Many a times a physical cause like increased urge to urinate disturbs the sleep at night. Or sore breasts can be the cause of your discomfort making it difficult to sleep. Follow our basics of good sleep to help you get a decent night’s rest.

It is advised to try and sleep on your left side during pregnancy. This sleep position aids the flow of blood and nutrients to the baby and uterus and it also aids your kidneys to discard waste and fluids. Sleeping in this position is likely to help you to get more comfortable and hence sleep better as your bump grows.

Important things to keep in mind

  • You might start to have cravings now. Try as much as possible to satisfy them with healthier snacks instead of junk food.
  • If you are experiencing constipation try to have a healthy diet and have lots of fluids. If the constipation is severe, you may want to visit your doctor.
  • Nausea is a common symptom at this stage.
  • The foetus can be seen for the first time on a scan at this point.