When talking about the size of a developing baby, most healthcare providers will discuss the size in terms of `crown-to-rump` length. Crown-to-rump length simply means the distance from the top of the babys head to its buttocks. Because the babys legs are usually bent or tucked inwards, crown-to-heel length is hard to determine. By the sixth week of pregnancy, your developing baby is 2 to 4 mm long. You may have even gained a few pounds at this point. However, if you have been nauseated or not eating well you might have lost weight.
You have actually been pregnant for an entire month now! More than likely, you have noticed some changes within your body and you might also notice that your clothes are fitting slightly tighter around the waist. Some women also gain pregnancy weight in their legs, face and breasts. It is not uncommon to experience heartburn or constipation at this time either. Symptoms are usually not severe at this time. If you were to have a pelvic exam at this point of your pregnancy, your doctor would be able to feel your uterus and would notice some changes in its size. Although you will not be able to hear your babys heartbeat with a Doppler yet, you might be able to see it beating if you have an ultrasound at this time.
From week 6 to week 10 of your pregnancy, you will be in the embryonic period. This is a very important time of development for your baby and the embryo is most susceptible to experience developmental interferences and birth defects at this time. Although the embryo is still very small, it is growing and developing rapidly. Your babys early brain chambers are forming and the eyes are also beginning to form. Buds will appear and will develop into arms and legs in later weeks.
Many pregnant women will have their first prenatal appointment around this time. Generally, the first appointment is the longest and your doctor will gather a health history of you, the father and your families. You should ask questions and get to know your healthcare provider well. Your doctor will probably ask about any prior medical problems, your pregnancy and birth history and other gynecological concerns. You should tell your caregiver about any prior miscarriages, stillbirths or abortions that you have had. You should also tell your doctor about any medications that you take or allergies that you have. Your doctor will give you a pelvic exam and a Pap smear. During a pelvic exam, your doctor will be able to determine if your uterus is the appropriate size. A breast exam will also be performed. Lab tests may also be done at this prenatal visit. Some doctors will also perform early ultrasounds during the first prenatal appointment to date the pregnancy, confirm the pregnancy or check for abnormalities.
The heart is starting to develop at this time. The fetus` blood group may be different from your own!
Facial features are visible, including a mouth and tongue. The eyes have a retina and lens.
The digestive system starts forming, beginning with the first cells of the stomach and the intestine.
There are small indentations in the head, ready for the development of facial features, eyes, and ears. The outline of the jaw starts to form.
hope2111 - 20 days ago
I am a mother of three girls! We are expecting baby number four! I am grateful for my family. :)
mamas3girls - 23 days ago
Hi hope all you lovely ladies are well. I am officially pregnant and approx 6 weeks.I will go to the drs and know for sure in this week. this is my 4th child and totally unplanned. i have 3 beautiful little girls and am hoping for a boy but pray that my child is healthy , that is more important.
5thBlessing - 24 days ago
Ask your OB for Zofran, it really helps with the nausea. Make sure to take stool softners and have Tylenol or Motrin on hand bc side effects are headaches and constipation. It also makes you really tired BUT ohhhh that relief of not feeling sick to your stomach =) There is also a cherry liquid called Emetrol that works quite nice and is OTC. Feel better!!and THANKS to Jennish and G7!! You are right that is a little complicated! I wish you the best!!
G7 - 27 days ago
Welcome 5thblessing. This is my umm well it's complicated pregnancy. I had two girls 22 and 27 years ago that were given up for adoption. I had 5 MC's before my son was born 21 months ago....so this is my 9th pregnancy but hopefully will be my 4th live birth but really my second child. how's that for complicated ;0)
Jennish - 27 days ago
Congrats 5th! This is our third and final baby. :)
5thBlessing - 27 days ago
I haven't got a chance to browse conversation yet, but wanted to say hello really quick! This is my 4th time on here (you think I would have al the info memorized by now but nope!)I really love having moms to talk to through this journey. This will be baby #5 for me =) What number for you or how many 1st time mommies? Congrats to all!!!!
Jennish - 29 days ago
I had a bit of red mixed in with my brown spotting/discharge and have heaps of round ligament pain. Yes I planned this baby to the T, we decided over 6 months ago that we would TTC starting in Sept hoping for a June/July baby to spread out the bdays. :)
G7 - 29 days ago
mostly I was way too busy to even eat. UGH. Man last night I had a lot of pain, I think it is ligament stretching pain (not crampy) but this morning I had pink when I wiped. Has anyone had this from ligament stretching? I feel like my tummy wants to pop right out of my abdomen. I'm worried but at the same time I know there is not a thing that anyone can do this early, either LO is going to stick or not. I just wish I didn't really have to wait another 8 weeks to be certain...it is really getting me down lately.
larisa929 - 30 days ago
Wow G7 I don't know how you can resist temptation! I would probably definitely sneak a peak at baby. Lol I didn't really plan this one. We said if it happens than it happens but it is definitley nice having a baby this time of year. I had my son in July and it was so nice being able to walk around in the warm weather and not having to be couped up.
g7 - 30 days ago
Did any of you plan this baby based on time of year? I thought spring would be good but we have way too many family b-days in April. I thought that summer with a newborn would be easier (my son's birthday is January) because I remember feeling all couped up in a dark house and worrying that the baby was too cold at night. Plus I have a lot of teacher friends and family that are free in the summer to help. So June is good!
g7 - 30 days ago
Ha I also keep looking at tp. I occasionally have the smallest amount of brown discharge and I keep telling myself it is nothing. I have my first scan a week from today, trying not to think about it because that is agonizing. I'm going to have to o lie to someone about watching my son during the appointment. I hate lying. At work I use an ultrasound machine to start difficult IVs. I was so tempted by yesterday to drag it into a bathroom and look to see if I could find the little one. I did with my son but he was much farther along. My nausea comes in small waves usually in the evening so not too bad but then it worry it should be worse. UGH
Jennish - 30 days ago
Scan went great!! Baby was measuring a day bigger, no photos but it looked so much bigger and more formed than last time!
larisa929 - 30 days ago
Good luck tomorrow Jennish! I had some brown spotting here and there the past week but it's been very little. I definitely feel nauseous which is a good sign. I think and hope everything is fine but still have to wait 2 more weeks for my sono. Keep us updated on your scan.
Jennish - 31 days ago
I inspect the TP like crazy but I actually have been spotting brown. I think everything is fine but I'm having a scan tomorrow just in case. The fact that my morning sickness & other symptoms are worse than ever is very reassuring. I didn't have implantation bleeding this time whereas I had it with both of my kids, and the spotting didn't start until after I had a vaginal ultrasound so I think maybe it was trapped up there and the wand just released it. I also had spotting around 9-10 weeks with my son and everything was fine. Fingers crossed. :)
larisa929 - 31 days ago
So does anybody else scrutinize the toilet paper after wiping? I feel like I inspect every bit just to make sure I don't see any blood. I'm trying to stay positive but it's just so hard to not worry. Hope everyone is feeling well! Here's to wonderful pregnancies and healthy babies!
Jennish - 32 days ago
Hello from week 7! This is the 'happening' week! :)
Starby123 - 32 days ago
Hello! Just popping in to say hi to all the other 6 weekers! Hope you are all feeling fabulous this morning. :)
Jennish - 33 days ago
It was good thanks! It was super exciting to see it on screen. Made everything feel REAL. Yeah really, family is supposed to be the ones you can count on! At least MY mom is happy enough for her and MIL combined haha.
G7 that's hilarious, I've been OFF of Ramen since smelling it while pregnant with my daughter in 2012 and had to have it a week or so ago!
g7 - 34 days ago
O goodness I'm nauseated and craving top roman! I haven't eaten top romen in like 25 years 😆😆😆
babyblessings - 35 days ago
Jennish- what is it with moms? I'm glad your dad was excited! And I glad we can be excited for one another!!
G7 - 35 days ago
Jennish how was your sono? What is wrong with family? I'm actually quite nervous about my mother in laws reaction.
Jennish - 35 days ago
(continuing on from last week) sorry you had that experience BabyBlessings, we told my husband's family this week and his dad was excited and happy for us but his mum seemed really disappointed. I told them I had a photo of the kids to show them and whipped out an ultrasound photo and she just looked at it quietly and was like 'Oh are you pregnant?' yep... At least his dad was happy and congratulated us. My mom is over the moon.
babyblessings - 36 days ago
Well, I am here in week 6 for now. Probably will get bumped back after my ultrasound but I stick with my LMP for now. Just wanted to say Hi to anyone in week 6. I am here with you! : )
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