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.
lindsilizzard - 5 hours ago
Called my doctor today. She said cramping is completely normal... It could be round ligament pains or cramping from the progesterone. My other symptom (nausea) is still in full effect late mornings and I have no spotting so I'm not going to let myself stress. I have an ultrasound Monday!
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 9.3 hours ago
Good luck Mama hope its nothing to worry about!
Bonita yes i'm more fertile than most I guess hahaha....I am at higher chance of a multiple pregnancy again but I hope theres just the one. As far as I know, unless they see me early due to this possibility I wont have an US until i'm 12wks...argh!! Haha x
bonitadiane - 10 hours ago
JoJo .. Yes, only one. Unless she missed it.lol :) when do you go for your u//s? You could have 2 right? If I'm not mistaken you have greater chance bc you've already had twins. I must say twins sound exciting. MamaBear- good luck today, keep us posted. Xx
MamaBear2 - 12 hours ago
Linds, I am having bad pain on my hip. I called my midwife, and she wants to do an ultra sound today. I'll let you know how it goes. They think it's either cysts (I have a history of developing large ones) or ligament pains. I'm 5 weeks 6 days along.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 1 days ago
Aww congrats Bonita thats fab! Just the 1 in there then? Haha I cant wait have mine xx
bonitadiane - 1 days ago
Had my first u/s today. Got to see my little bean. Didn't hear the heartbeat but could see the flicker. I was in love. Always makes my heart skip a beat. MD says it's time to start and find an OB. I guess he may be right. Still no ms. Although I have felt queasy a couple of times.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 1 days ago
Linds - I have had severe cramps for quite a few days that I have been concerned about but guess as long as no spotting it shouldnt be nothing to worry about....? I started with nausea at lunchtime today - I havent missed that!haha and I have very tender breasts. I'm 6wks 4 days today aswell :o) x
lindsilizzard - 1 days ago
6 weeks 4 days and cramping on left side. Not unbearable but there enough that it bothers me... I have nausea too but the cramping is worrying me. Anyone else feeling this way?
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 1 days ago
Becky we only have 1 car now. I walk to the station and use the train to work, hubby keeps the car to take the kids to school. It is a very economical car and relatively cheap to run bearing in mind we pay double what it costs youz as everything is ridiculous prices in Britain!! So upgrading to a 7 seater is goin to b a massive shock on the budget for us. I would love r shops to accept coupons like they do in America hahaha I love watching that extreme couponing where they spend like 1000$ and pay 20$ - I would defo b one of those type of shoppers haha....r coupons r like 20p off (5 cents) and u can only use 1 coupon for ur whole transaction - rip off Britain we call it hahaha...help the mums!!! Hahaha x
beckym - 1 days ago
jojo - The van takes about 70 dollars to fill, and my DH truck takes 100 to fill. We are debating buying a commuting compact for work and individual trips out. DH has his motorcycle, but he uses that in warm weather. Knowing this now, I wish I kept my Mitsubishi so we could use THAT for the commuter, so remember vans eat gas like a kid eats candy on Halloween, and if it is in your budget, maybe you won't make the mistake I did. Unless your DH doesn't have a gas guzzling truck and you already have an economy car as your second, in which case forget what I just said.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 1 days ago
Bonita - I feel the same this time round having had twins last pregnancy, but they r amazing, I wouldnt swap them for the world ;op
Becky - the car we currently have is my baby, a 5 seater that I absolutely love....we will b looking to sell it in the summer for a 7 seater so this little one doesnt have to get tied to the roof when we go on family days out hahaha I sure will miss it!! x
Beckym - 2 days ago
jojo - Well I will cross my fingers that you just have one baking, so you don't get too overwhelmed, I am currently mourning my loss of being able to own a five seater even if I wanted one. :( Which I really did, I caved and bought a minivan after my 3rd was born when I tested the car seats in the back of my Mitsubishi 4 door and my son protested he was squished. Maybe in 10 more years I can own an early midlife crisis convertible or something. lol
bonitadiane - 2 days ago
JoJo...twins would be welcomed but not preferred.lol oh man... Not sure what I'd do if I was ever told it was twins?!?!eeeeek.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 3 days ago
Hahaha Becky u have me in stitches!! I used to b a massive scary movie fan until we bought r own house and then watching them made me paranoid at the slightest noise so am not such a fan anymore haha ...as for computer games I dont play, I dont have much spare time with a full time job and a 4yr old and 2yr old twins...as soon as they r all asleep i'm not too far behind them especially now!!haha I dont think hubby would say he gets away lightly, practically everything he does annoys me at the moment hahaha Poor guy!!! Maybe I will calm down abit when i've had a scan and checked there's only 1 in there :o) FX!!! Xx
Beckym - 3 days ago
jojo - Well your husband is lucky then, because for mine, I'm on an emotional rollercoaster, and he's strapped in the front seat. I always get super emotional during pregnancies, and then I can't watch scary movies until I am done breast feeding basically. Anthony it was Texas Chainsaw Massacre I realized it then, when I embarrassed DH in the theatre by screaming throughout most of the movie and yelling directions at the screen. I think it was Dawn of the Dead with Felicity, the thing that totally threw me over the edge was the pregnant women turning into a zombie, really???? Did they really have to put that in there??? Also for Felicity, I had to stop watching Dexter, it got to be too much. I think Michelle might have been Hills have Eyes, but honestly that movie was so messed up, I think I would have been freaked out anyway. So far with this one, I can't play Black ops zombies, I was better at that game than most guys, but now they are too ghastly not to be freaked out, when I wasn't even phased by them before, I could logically plan out my moves, have a herd of around 30 zombies all in line to shoot, but now I see one and I start panicking and get creeped out? sigh
bonitadiane - 3 days ago
My doctor called yesterday and told me my hcg levels were at 23000. I was like what!?!? For I was thinking days before he told me my first hcg level was at 1100. Some how I miss heard him my first hcg level. It was actually 11000. And 2 days after 23000. These numbers seem high to me. He did say that they were a little high but in the norm.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 4 days ago
Hahaha well done ur hubby becky!! Mine does the sensible thing and says nothing.......pisses me right off!!! Hahaha...they cant win either way when we have moods can they, I mean, half the time I piss meself off with my moods so God knows how he copes with me hahaha :o) I must say tho its still early days yet so i'm not too bad at the moment....let him enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts haha xx
Beckym - 4 days ago
jojo - omg I remember that, I'm sure it was much worse with twins, but I remember one of my pregnancies they were sitting really high and it was like battling to breath near the end of the pregnancy, hope not to have that battle this time, already battle enough for the bladder, lol. and hormones, lol, we certainly do earn our mood swings, my husband certainly knows how to dodge a bullet with that one, instead of digging a hole, he will change subject any way possible, or claim there is an alien space ship any way to divert attention, his attempts are funny, usually enough to diffuse my nerves.
lindsilizzard - 4 days ago
Went to our OB appointment today and they did an ultrasound (yay!).... Baby looks great so far. We saw a heartbeat and I'm measuring 6 weeks 1 day. Doctor said everything looks great! Next ultrasound is March 17th and again March 24th!
Symptoms: nauseaous and tired but feeling pretty good!
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 4 days ago
Hahaha Becky that poor kid must have been tortured from ever having kids....at least her mums intentions worked haha :o) I have to agree my favourite part of pregnacy is the movement. My labours havent been too bad but my twin pregnancy was hard towards the end as my boy was lying straight across me so my ribs where in agony for weeks.. I was so pleased when they pulled him out I felt like I cud breath again! Haha. Defo an epidural this time for me, i've experienced both with and without one and to be honest I went thru a mini trauma over my twins and enjoyed every moment coz I couldnt feel a thing haha...my first labour alls I had was gas and I pretty much cried right thru!! Haha The things we girls go thru - no wonder were so hormonal hahaha xx
Beckym - 4 days ago
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - Thanks Jojo, have fun letting the cat out of the bag with your family, I think that is one of my favorite parts of the pregnancy, telling everyone and seeing their reactions, hehe :). I have told close family and the kids, but I have to figure out a big family event to tell everyone I guess or let them figure it out when they see my belly, I let it slip on facebook for my third, and regret it to this day, every time I saw a friend of distant family member for the first time since finding out, I would go to tell them, and they would be like, I know, saw it on facebook, how are you feeling. lol. Totally was a killjoy for the fun of seeing reactions. It made me very sad, fortunately, there were some that never navigate facebook, who were not in the know. I will not make that mistake again. Second favorite thing during pregnancies are the movements, until they are rib shots and leans like they are summo wrestling my kidneys out of my body. Third would be the ultrasounds, those are so awesome, definitely realifies the whole prego experience. I am still dreading D Day, but that is why we have so long for preparation!!! Meditation techniques, Lamaze, good times good times. My first I had to have petocin because of mechonium, then I asked for something mild to take the petocin edge off, they gave me neubain, that kicked my butt, never asking for that again, because it caused me to fall asleep between contractions and I would wake up unprepared for the pain. But after he was born I literally said to my husband, that wasn't so bad, I could do that again. Second time I was no pain meds at all no petocin, gripping the side of the hospital bed rail like it was a life line, that one was pretty smooth sailing too. 3rd, they popped my water, and it rushed the labor, plus I had my brother in law's wife with me in the room who came in late and brought her 13 year old daughter with in the labor room, I was in heavy contractions, and couldn't say anything if I wanted to, then she says to her daughter, and this is why you are not having sex. I was used as birth control for her daughter!!!!! I invited her because I thought it would bring us closer and I always wanted to be invited to something like that but was never, so wanted to do that for her. Took me a year to speak to her about how wrong that was. I was so distraught in the labor room I had to be given an oxygen mask because I wasn't able to control my breathing I was so upset. I am not ready to go back yet, but soon, meditation music, a series of labor and delivery classes, some therapy (jk).
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 4 days ago
Beckym how brilliant for u that u have jumped 3wks!! No wonder u have had a lot of symptoms ! I went to see my doc today, made it all seem more real actually telling someone...haha! We will b telling r families over the weekend - not sure how they will react but i'm hoping its all good. As for me in general I cud seriously stay in bed for a week I have been so tired! My breasts r very tender and I still have mild cramps like period pains - these r my only concern so I will b pleased once they pass...has anyone still got this type of cramping? I dont know how long this lasted with my previous pregnancies? Xx
Beckym - 4 days ago
rae-rae1 - Thanks rae rae, good luck to you too! I hope you feel better with the flu symptoms and all, my 5 year old just spiked a temp, I thought we were all out of the clear by now, but I guess the sickness worst isn't behind us this winter just yet, I guess I was too eager for spring :)
rae-rae1 - 5 days ago
still not much symptoms for me. I have the flu now, so maybe they are disguised by my flu symptoms. My HCG levels were 3456 on the 28th. Took another test this past tuesday and they increased.
Good Luck Beckym.. you are almost finished your first trimester :)
Beckym - 5 days ago
bonitadiane - some pregnancies we have symptoms, and some pregnancies those same symptoms aren't evident. I'm happy for you that you don't have to go through the ms symptoms this time though. I am moving on to week 9 ladies, I might drop in from time to time to say hello, have a wonderful pregnancy! I found out my due date is earlier than I thought October 8th. I was thankful when I saw the ultrasound that there was only one in there, my mom was convinced as usual that I am having twins, at this point with 3 little ones at home, I can't even think about 2 more, that would be insane, but if it happened it happened, I am just doing a jig that it isn't, lol. She had me a little freaked out saying my Aunt had twins on the 4th pregnancy. But she lost one and only got to keep the evil twin, he actually had the audacity to hit on me at my grandmother's funeral, ick.
bonitadiane - 5 days ago
I can't say I've had any symptoms other then bloating and tired. I'm pretty sure with both my girls I was sick by this point. I keep waiting for ms, but kind of happy I don't have it. Just praying all is going well. Lack of ms makes me nervous. I do feel like I've gained some weight.
Beckym - 5 days ago
Symptoms so far:I have had a crick in my neck for the past week, it is starting to loosen up, my back has been killing me, a toss up between lower and middle, I think I have been overcompensating for my neck pain. Breast Tenderness, That painful stretch you feel in your stomach muscles when you get up too fast when prego. mild heartburn, WEIGHT GAIN!!!!!!! fatigue fatigue fatigue, but also blended with what I have to call nesting? It is too early for spring cleaning, it has to be a form of nesting, because I am doing things I intentionally put off for DH to do, which is unlike me, it is these bursts of cleaning energy where I have to do these crazy unusual tasks. Even more forgetful than normal. And craving weird stuff.
Beckym - 6 days ago
I'm not sure exactly which week I am in...But will find out today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My OBGYN apt is today. I am elated to see this little one. My two older kids will be in school, and my youngest will come with my husband and I. I promised my older 2 that they can come with to the second ultrasound, as long as the nurses say it is ok. Two kids ago, my oldest going in with me to that second ultrasound was almost asked to wait outside with my husband, those technicians like to think they are god or something sometimes. My son pleaded that he could be quiet, he had been waiting so long to see the baby he insisted was a girl. I watched as the technician's icy heart melted, and she guided him in explaining that if he stayed very quiet, he could stay there the whole time, but if he makes a peep, he will have to wait outside with his Dad. I have honestly never heard him quieter than that day, until the moment she said it was a girl, and he burst out, I knew it! I knew she was a girl! He had been saying it ever since I found out I was pregnant, lol. I kept reminding him it could be either one, and we never know for sure, but he was always saying how sure he was. He was such a proud big brother that day. Now they want to rip each other's heads off on occasion, but for the most part are still very thoughtful toward each other. And since then, Anthony was mistaken with the 3rd pregnancy, he was sure it was a boy, and then we had Michelle, :). Now he is just plain hopeful this one is a boy, lol. I hope everyone is doing well. I finally figured out my password for myfitness pal, I was using that when I was trying to lose weight, but now I want to use it to make sure I watch my food intake and don't gain too fast if I can help it. I just tracked yesterday, it suggested 1000 a day, and I ate 2936 calories, that is what I was afraid of, my appetite has been ravenous. it says if I keep eating the way I am, I will gain 10 pounds in 5 weeks. I already went from around 165 to 182, I have to put the weight gain brakes on, this is just crazy.
jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 6 days ago
Hello week 6! Hope ur all doing well? My only symptoms at the moment r cramps and breast tenderness. I'm praying the sickness stays away for me this time, I think I can cope without it haha xx
bonitadiane - 6 days ago
Hello week 6. Still feeling pretty good which makes me a little nervous.
Greeneyes030 - 8 days ago
So ladies how are you with morning sickness? Nausea in the morning and evening for me.
afshanm07 - 8 days ago
Morning sickness ugg. And more nausa. Im tired.
Beckym - 11 days ago
LJ06 - Ikr, after this, my husband has volunteered to have the procedure so this will be our final child. We wanted to wait until we both were 30 in case we had a change of heart about having 3, and this one just barely made the cut (pun intended), hehe. I really really hope it is another boy, my girls have such a wonderful relationship, they are so sweet 3/4 of the time together, and they usually can compromise and negotiate and work things out without my being called in when they are amongst themselves. My son needs that, a male sibling to bond with, of course there will be a large gap in age, but hopefully he is up for mentoring and then they will hit it off great, he can teach him how to play catch, and play video games, and help him with his homework, of course he does some of that with his sisters, but the girly stuff gets him stand offish sometimes, where he backs away, like when they are playing scribblenauts and she wants to put in unicorns and rainbows and he is just rolling his eyes and like really, do we really have to have the place so girly, hehe. Watch me have another girl, he will have to deal. lol.
afshanm07 - 12 days ago
With my othet 4 pregnancies i use to vomit like 5 weeks, cuz i didnt took prenatal in the begning so i had a vegie diet not even protein. But now i eat every thing so i can fuel the vitamin up and avoid vomiting this time. Walking helps with vomiting and laying on left side helps food digest and get rides of gas to . So in that case you will burp more and have less heart burn or food intergestion problems.
glowingwith2 - 12 days ago
I noticed that too. Yesterday I forgot to eat breakfast, ate my vitamins and grabbed a yogurt for work.... Thought I was not going to make it... Yikes! Definitely not doing that again. I feel like I'm already pooching out a bit. This is my second so I'm hoping it doesn't stick out too tar before 12 weeks.
snooks - 12 days ago
My best advice for morning sickness is to stay ahead of the hunger. And, yes, prenatal vitamins make you naucious. I'm still taking them also.
LJ06 - 12 days ago
Beckym I am totally with you about the 30's. I personally am looking forward to being 30 and no more babies on my horizon! This is my last at 27 and the hubby is getting snipped. I am done and ready to move on ;)I'm also hoping for a boy! My two oldest girls are 6 and 4 and then my little boy is nearly 2. So he needs a brother since my girls have each other and he's left out.
blondeabby - 12 days ago
I have never had all day morning sickness before
:( I have been taking the max of the pills and still have to leave work or just not go at all. My kids are older 21 and 15. So this is a great surprise with a new relationship:) But I am showing already! How is that possible?? Anyone else?
afshanm07 - 12 days ago
Its getting hard cuz i have 4 kids amd im pregnant and with school and cooking and my youngest is almost 2 .still tired and nausus .but im hanging in that all is well. And going for my first ultrasound app in two weeks for and for pap scard for that one too.
afshanm07 - 12 days ago
Prenatel vitamins cause Morning sickiness and ir nausa to. but im still taking them .
Beckym - 13 days ago
LJ06 - yep, better late than never is right! I feel like my 30's will be my time for complete body domination, lol. My 20's have been pregnant almost every 2 years so they were owned by my kids. This was my closest to actual original weight I had gotten, so I know I can do it again, 29 now, will be 30 when this one is born. We are hoping for a boy this time, now we normally don't have specifics in mind, but this time we are looking at my oldest is a boy, and my 2 younger ones are girls, so this would balance the ecosystem of children, lol. Oh, and congrats everyone on your good news :) Oh and glowingwith2, as far as morning sickness goes, I have a weak stomach, queasy, but that is the extent of it, but I can't even look at prenatal vitamins yet, I am amping up vitamin packed veggies and fruits and meats though, so I hope that will make up for it, and I can still take chewable calcium, I figure my stomach will right itself soon, then I can start taking the prenatal vitamin.
afshanm07 - 13 days ago
Finally 6 weeks.today its like forever.. But i hope all is well
glowingwith2 - 14 days ago
Went for in take today. I get my first ultrasound in 7 days to make sure the baby is in the right spot. I've had a lot of difficulty with pregnancies, so fingers crossed this one is planning to hang around. So far no morning sickness. Is anyone else gaving any? Thinking maybe it's a boy this time??!! We will see soon enough! I hope everyone is doing well xx
blondeabby - 14 days ago
Hi I am new at this....I am now 6weeks 2 days and due October 20. Why is the site showing me members due in August?
LJ06 - 14 days ago
Beckym yes I love this site. It is great. My last group of ladies was wonderful and we even made our own fb group to stay in touch. I am at my smallest size now and I will admit I was a bit frustrated when I found out I was pregnant that it all will reverse again :( But yes baby is so worth it. I can never lose all the weight until I stop nursing so I plan to be back to this size in...two + years. Better late than never I guess! :)
Beckym - 14 days ago
First Doctor's apt is March 5th, still doesn't feel real. LJ06, me too, 4th and the first surprise. I love this website, found it when I was pregnant with my second, and it really lets you connect with other women who are sharing the same experience. I just started getting my figure back even though my youngest is 2 now, and was kinda bummed that knowing how much weight I always gain, I can kiss all that work goodbye, but it is a good cause to. I can always start losing weight again after the baby is born.
snooks - 15 days ago
All set up on Lovenox and initial blood work is out of the way. I feel great! Making myself take my prenatal vitamins, etc. Mostly feeling euphoric and happy to be pregnant. After my miscarriagle last fall, I'd been quite moodly and post-pardum. Now I feel great! I plan to enjoy it before some random discomfort takes over. :)
LJ06 - 18 days ago
Hi everyone. I am joining you all in week six :) I am pregnant with my fourth child, which was a total surprise but we're very excited.
clarejustin - 20 days ago
I ended up fully miscarrying yesterday. Will be meeting with the fertility doctor to discuss things next week. Thank you for your kind words.
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