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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.

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meggz - 12.7 hours ago
Ultrasound May 2!!! So excited!!!! They told me they wanted to hold out so if there's more than one in there they can get a good view of them :) Still sick off and on all day and so tired I can barely see straight but overall no huge complaints. Hope you're all doing well!

shaym007 - 22.3 hours ago
i have my ultrasound on Monday!! I cant wait! We tried for 14 cycles, so seeing that bfp was awesome! Now I just want everything to be ok ;)

charcharsuperstar - 1 days ago
Great news, Metal-mommy! I have my ultrasound in 12 days! Not that i'm counting or anything .:)

metal-mommy - 1 days ago
Found out today that I'm about six weeks! Super nervous but we were able to detect a heart beat! This is my second baby! We tried for almost a year!

charcharsuperstar - 2 days ago
Anyone having a hard time with hormones? I'm mega boo-hooey and tired and feel like I'm wearing a wet blanket. Anyone else?

Juliemom24 - 2 days ago
emilycastan- Congrats on seeing baby! Hearing the heartbeat has to be one of my favorite things. I'm not feeling any symptoms either. I remember having really sore boobs, headaches and my husbands aftershave made me feel really dizzy... I never felt nauseous though. I can't remember when I started to feel symptoms last time. Hopefully something happens soon so I know that things are going smoothly.

emilycastan - 3 days ago
I'm 6w4d today :) I switched doctors today as the dr I was previously seeing had no idea what to do with my past history of a DVT. Anyhow, saw my sweet little baby (only ONE this time around!) and heard the heartbeat!! Was strong at 155. My next appointment is in about 3 weeks. How are all you ladies feeling? I have absolutely no nausea yet, just very tender boobs lol. It's almost unbearable!

charcharsuperstar - 4 days ago
Margieann, I just miscarried on Jan 31, i was 18.5 weeks. :( Same , no signs at the time either. I am hopeful and positive this time around. :) But i totally understand your fear and joy mixed.

margieann - 4 days ago
Hello, just joining. This will be my third baby. Had a miscarriage last year. Praying this goes well, have my first ultrasound at 8 weeks. No symptoms at all, just slight nausea that lasted just a week. Just always trying to look for signs things are ok. With my miscarriage, there were no cramps or blood. Doc just said baby was measuring small and went back 2 weeks later and no heartbeat.

daisyreh - 4 days ago
Congrats Meggz!! I'm heading to week 7 tomorrow and I'm super excited about my U/S in a week & a half as well!!

meggz - 4 days ago
Hello 6 weeks!!! I have my nurse visit Friday and I assume they'll schedule my ultrasound then for sometime next week ☺️ I am so stoked!!!

daisyreh - 5 days ago
Char- Mine is Apr 25 and I'm so excited!! I can hardly wait! Welcome to 6 weeks!! I'll be heading to 7 weeks in 2 days. :)

charcharsuperstar - 5 days ago
Yay week 6! When is everyones ultrasound? Mine is in two long weeks week 8! I'm feeling increasing nausea, though it's bearable. Also some dizzynessand of course fatigue. At the end of the day after work I'm pretty pooped.

daisyreh - 7 days ago
Congratulations Blessed! How exciting! I can't wait for my U/S. :)

blessedlifewithyou - 10 days ago
Had a dr appointment yesterday. It's confirmed I am indeed pregnant. 6weeks and 4 days :) we got to see our little baby and hear a heart beat of 133!!!!!:) needless to say, I'm a happy momma!'n

lissie**** - 10 days ago
Congratulations Jezzicarabbit! It's good to hear they are confirming babies at 6 weeks b/c i was worried that since i will be anywhere from 5.5-7 that they wouldn't get a good idea. It's just that my previous pregnancies had my scan closer to 10-12 weeks - 10 days ago
Just saw the dr. Monday confirmed 6 weeks pregnant. So excited! Hope everyone is feeling good. Next appointment is at 10 wks can't wait to see my little one again :)

daisyreh - 10 days ago
Hello week 6 ladies!! Hope everyone is feeling well! I have an early U/S booked for Apr 25…can't wait!

kayte-berk - 21 days ago
Six weeks pregnant! I have an early u/s on Monday since my last pregnancy was a CMP (complete molar pregnancy) Hoping that everything comes out normal and reallllly hoping to see the heartbeat! So far my HCG levels are normal so that's a great sign! Still extremely nervous tho!

lovely37 - 25 days ago
MyBean, thank you..comforts me.. My heart is leaning to trying again. Sorry for your loss and wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. Best wishes!

MyBean - 25 days ago
Lovely37- I miscarried last December and I was nervous about trying again, but decided to go for it and if its meant to be it will be. My last pregnancy I wasn't sick at all and this pregnancy is the complete opposite, I've been sick everyday since 5 weeks. I guess that's a good sign. Good luck to you if you decide to try again.

lovely37 - 25 days ago
My bean, Thank you! :/ want to try again but scared. First miscarriage. .second pregnancy. My first pregnancy have a beautiful healthy little girl. Never thought about dealing with possible miscarriage. I will be 39 on Sunday. .all risks are so much higher. Dont know what to do.:^ Feel empty.

MyBean - 25 days ago
Lovely37-I'm so sorry to hear that.

lovely37 - 25 days ago
My numbers were not rising as they should have. I miscarried last Wednesday. So devastated. :/

ASergeantsWife - 26 days ago
my friends HCG levels started out really low and were slow to rise and her little guy is 3 now. happy and healthy.

lovely37 - 32 days ago
Mamabear2 ..I see your hcg numbers as well are slow to rise. Any update?

lovely37 - 32 days ago
Ok I have an update. ...on thursday my hcg level was at 1999 and 4 days later at 2116 only rose 117 :/ . The good news is that he saw a gestational sac today. I should be 6 weeks and 1 day based on my calculations. Has anyone had their hcg levels not rise so much and have a healthy baby? Doing blood work on friday then seeing doc on Monday. Praying for peace and healthy baby .

lovely37 - 35 days ago
Mamabear- thats hope! Thank you! Been a mess since Thursday. I was looking at the calendar and my cycle days vary from 29 to 31 days. I may havejust concieved 4 days later than I thought. My nipples were really sore and fading now..but I hear that can be normal too. Also I am not bloated today at all..I can actually suck my tummy in where before I could not..I am ok one second then the next I think maybe I am not pregnant. .I am just a mess. My next appointment is on Wednesday. .I take blood work this Monday. I am really trying to enjoy my weekend. It's tough. I will update on Wednesday. Thank you again! !

MamaBear2 - 35 days ago
Lovely, your hCG levels are looking good. I've heard some women don't see anything at 6 weeks. It may just be too early to tell.

MamaBear2 - 35 days ago
Thanks baby Ali! I hope so. I got my hCG numbers back yesterday. The first one I was 5 weeks 6 days, and my levels were 879, yesterday I was 6 weeks 2 days and my levels were 965. My midwife said she would have liked to see them double. So now I'm going to get my levels checked again next Thursday/Friday, and if the levels have raised enough, she plans to do an ultra sound the next Tuesday (I'd be shy of 8 weeks). I'm really concerned. My pregnancy symptoms have died down a lot. My boobs don't hurt that much anymore either. I'm really worried I'm going to lose this baby. Has this happened to anyone else?

Baby ali - 36 days ago
mamabear- dnt worry, I had really bad period crams from the day I missed my period till about 7 weeks it was soo bad I thought I was going to mc but thank god it was nothing to worry about, I still get crams on and off and am 16 weeks 2mrow. dnt worry hope everything goes well for everyone

lovely37 - 36 days ago
Hi ladies. I am freaking out. :/ I had my lmp on jan 30. So I am 6 weeks as of yesterday. At my appointment they found no gestational sac. :/ I did two ultrasounds to rule out ectopic pregnancy. Both doctors saw nothing in my tubes but neither the uterus. :/ I honestly think I ovulated 4 days later then the normal would. Has anyone been 6 weeks and no sac? My hcg level is 1900. Doc said it may just be still to early to see anything. Please help me with some guidance. :/ My next appointment is on Wednesday.

MamaBear2 - 37 days ago
Hi ladies. Just an update on the pain. They didn't find anything out of the norm around my ovaries. I was 5 weeks 6 days when I got the ultra sound, so all we could see was a sac. I may have ovulated later than I thought. My doc ordered blood tests to see how my hCg levels are rising. I got one on Tuesday, and one Friday. I'm worried now that something is wrong..

beckym - 37 days ago
Jojo - That is sweet you toured US twice, I was really close to going this month to India, my friend and I were going to each visit each other's country, it was a great idea until he started sounding like he had feelings for me or something, my husband is cool with me having friends that are guys, we trust each other, the red flags went up, and I had to cancel. Wish it were different, because I was really looking forward to both going over there and seeing a completely different culture, and showing US too. We were going to go to New York and all kinds of stuff, and I was going to check out the Taj Mahal and they still have Chariot races there, can you believe it? How cool would that be!!! Then a couple weeks after deciding I am not going, I found out I'm expecting, so flying over ocean wouldn't have been ideal right now anyway. Gas prices are crazy, here and there, I think a couple years ago it was up in the 4.50 range, and it always goes down about 50 cents right before some kind of election, not always presidency, but sometimes bounces higher than it was before it went down. I heard France came up with an air powered car of some kind that is being mass produced, I am really hoping something like that gains attention, because the hybrids are still gas necessary and we need to move away from that, as a planet. A non renewable resource that is depleting rapidly, it is like the big pink elephant in the room everyone seems to be averting their eyes from.

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 38 days ago
Hahah Becky thats boss with the cereal!! And, besides eating kids cereals for a few months I bet u take them to see the kids films win haha :o) As for the petrol when I started driving it was 60p a litre (I cant do gallons haha) but its now approx £1.30 a litre. It costs about £35 to half fill a tank on a 1.3 engine. I only know how amazing ur petrol prices r compared to ours because i've done 2 touring holidays in America :o) Loved it!!

beckym - 39 days ago
jojo - I haven't seen the extreme couponing, but that show allows people to do way more than allowed, some stores like the one my brother manages will only honor so many coupons, and will ask someone to leave if they try crazy coupon things, and a lot of coupons people print from the internet are fake he said. My biggest coupon crazy thing is always when I see free movie tickets on cereal boxes, usually around the same time, there is a general mills coupon available for buy 3 or 4, get a dollar off. Then I find a store that has a store sale on the cereal, like buy 3 get one free. I will buy like 20 of them, and you have to buy 2 boxes to equal one free movie ticket, I only get the cereals my kids like, then you put the codes in the computer, print out the free movie tickets, and bam, you have 10 free movie tickets and cereal that was greatly discounted. That has to be my biggest caper, but it only happens like once every 5 years. Then it takes forever to eat through all the cereal, but it is worth it. hehe

beckym - 39 days ago
jojo - Wow, twice as much, that hurts just hearing that. When I first started driving, gas was 1.17 per gallon back in 2000, now it is 3.89. How much is it there?

jojo09 1 pink 1 blue - 39 days ago
Bonita 12wks and 20wks r the normal scanning dates for the UK unless u have some issues in ur pregnancy then u get more. They cant tell the gender at 12wks, or if they can - they say they cant haha Have fun in wk 7 - i'll b joining u tomorrow :o) x

bonitadiane - 39 days ago
Moving over to week 7. :) JoJo ...12 weeks? You can't get one sooner? But a 12 week scan must be sooo cute. I always get a 6-7 week scan and a 19-20 week. I wonder if at 12 weeks they can tell gender?

lindsilizzard - 39 days 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 - 39 days 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 - 39 days ago
JoJo .. Yes, only one. Unless she missed :) 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 - 40 days 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 - 40 days ago
Aww congrats Bonita thats fab! Just the 1 in there then? Haha I cant wait have mine xx

bonitadiane - 40 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 - 40 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 - 40 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 - 40 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 the mums!!! Hahaha x

beckym - 40 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 - 40 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

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