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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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sher-baby - 24 minutes ago
Aww Supermom, I know the feeling! But try an keep ur head up! **hugs**mandykat760- I have been doing pole fitness for about 2yrs and I really wanted to continue until I got to big but considering the scare I just had I prob will continue to exercise just not the same as I was doing. I will probably focus on cardio, which I don't normally just to try to keep my overall body in good shape and sweat off any excess and unneeded fat I may gain and I'm going to look into continuing yoga...maybe a prenatal yoga.

sher-baby - 29 minutes ago
So the clinic just called and said based on my chart, I don't need to come in tomorrow unless I had any questions. So I asked about my adjacent subchorionic bleed and she said the most important thing is that there is a beautiful heart beat but adjacent subchorionic bleed is pretty much when the placenta forms against the uterus with thousand and thousands of tiny blood vessels, sometimes some of them don't attach properly or come loose which causes a clot and it causes bleeding. she said that mine is so small and because my bleeding has stopped, she's pretty hopeful that it will just be absorbed by my body and I won't have any more issues with it. Also because it's soo small, they don't need to do any f/u ultrasounds on it she just suggested that I take it easy over the next month just to be sure but normal day to day activity is fine. She also said because of the fetal heart beat, they won't do another hcg test either. So I'll bring my report to my family dr on the 8th. And see if she's ok with everything too.

mandykat760 - 55 minutes ago
Anyone plan on working out throughout their pregnacy?

supermom87 - 2 hours ago
Thank you sher-baby I've actually found myself crying already today and I can't control it its only 9am I don't go to the doctor until 4pm it's gonna be a long day

sher-baby - 2.6 hours ago
I'm praying for you Supermom! Good luck!

supermom87 - 4.9 hours ago
Finally week 6 going for ultrasound late today and I am nervous cause I've lost two pregnancies and I am scared to death of losing this baby last ultrasound saw that sac but no baby or heart beat the Dr said I had 50/50 chance miscarriage but my blood levels for hcg are rising like they should I'm so confused please pray me and my husband come out of that office today with good news

sher-baby - 17.5 hours ago
supama - I too had a weird feeling that i was going to have twins too but after seeing the U/S yesterday in emerg. i saw one sac, one lil bean and he was attached to my uterus. so inless there is another one hiding, i'm sure i only hgave one lil bean *phew*

sher-baby - 17.6 hours ago
ok thanks alot holz8519!! im going to ask when i go on Friday. we haven't had sex since i got my BFP. i know its suppose to be safe to have sex while preg and that it wont cause a m/c but I'm still to scared to and DH understands that!!

supama - 1 days ago
Yeah,i feel the difference in the gas pain, and i feel stretching pain already in my round ligaments-especially when i roll over in bed. But the cramping is low in the middle like bad menstrual cramps and they dont let up. With my daughter 4 yrs ago, i remember feeling them but not as severe.she was #3 after 8 yrs, so i assumed my body felt like it was the 1st time all over again. Then i dreamt i started bleeding last night & woke up mid dream to bad cramping. I go 2moro for an u/s. twins run in my family (fraternal and on both sides) and im over 35, so im freaking a lil.

mandykat760 - 1 days ago
This is my third and I'm cramping way more than my first two. I think it's mostly gas pain tho. No morning sickness yet which is also new.

holz8519 - 1 days ago
Sherbaby I ask cause if its what i think it is depending on the size its fluid that build usually between the placenta and uterus and if it gets too big it can cause miscarriage, preterm labor or stillbirth. Most times the body absorbs the extra fluid on its own and you ob just watches it and usually advise you to not have sex or anything strenuous. Sometimes they get worse or dont resolve and can cause issues that why i asked if it was considered large or small. They are really common and usually not too much of a concern.

sher-baby - 1 days ago
For me I have a hard time figuring out if the cramps I'm feeling are from my uterus or gas!!! I think a lot of mine cramps are caused by gas...I usually feel better when I couple 'loose'..LOL!

dawnofbaby3please - 1 days ago
I'm still getting cramps too. Painful at times

sher-baby - 1 days ago
Holz- thats a good question! I have no idea. The dr didn't seem to concerned. The exact verbiage is 'Adjacent Subchorionic Bleed a 1.6 x 2.1 x 2.6 cm' would that mean a hematoma?? I have no clue..I guess I should of asked. I have another appt on Friday to see the urgent gynecology clinic, I'll ask them what exactly what this thing is and should I worry.

holz8519 - 1 days ago
Sherbaby- when they said you have adjacent subchorionic bleed did they say you have a Subchorionic hematoma? typically that would be the reason for a subchorionic bleed. If so did they say it was large or small are they going to keep an eye on it with additional ultrasounds?

holz8519 - 1 days ago
Supama Yes i am on 7th pregnancy hopefully 4th baby. I have also been having cramping on and off no spotting and my back has been sore the past few days too. I went for my first OB appointment yesterday and go for my first ultrasound tomorrow so were praying we get to see baby's heart beat. IDK if its all the stretching or what but yes making me paranoid as heck.

supama - 1 days ago
Question though, mommas, this is #4 for me, but the 'cramps' are soooo much worse this time, am i the only one feeling these growing pains so severely this time?? (those of u on #3, 4, or more??) No spotting, but oh my.

supama - 2 days ago
Lol MANDYKAT, ive been texting my eldests' father (my ex) all week and blew up bc he wouldnt respond...then realized i was texting to his email, not his phone. Dont think he's happy to accept my apology, but im not telling him pregnancy brain + pregnancy anger were the culprit.

happy1 - 2 days ago
Hi everyone. Funny usually not too bad but the other day i filled my car with gas and left the tank and cover wide open. So it begins. Im six weeks today and excited for the first us on friday, this pregnancy is from a frozen embryo transfer so friday will tell me if its one or two inside. Im excited and nervous. Fun to hear what everyone else is experiencingl

mandykat760 - 2 days ago
Any funny moments yet? Yesterday I put dinner in the oven and two hours later I realized I never turned it on. Pregnacy brain has hit!

holz8519 - 2 days ago
glad to hear everything is ok sherbaby. I went for my first ob today and I have my sono scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Jas77 - 2 days ago
Yay that's great :-)

mandykat760 - 2 days ago
Great news

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Ok! I can relax now...*phew* 5hrs later and things look good! I saw my lil jelly bean with his heart beating out of his chest just like it should, heart rate hcg is 75,157!! (Whoo hoo) and I'm measuring 6w 3d's (4mm...hehe!) They say I had 'adjacent subchorionic bleed'..(huh??) but she said it's nothing to worry about and I have a small cyst on my right ovary. But I'm feeling much better!

mandykat760 - 2 days ago
Good luck sweetie. You bp will be high from the stress.

sher-baby - 2 days ago
Thanks ladies. I'm hoping everything is ok. It was a decent amout of spotting, in my underwear and on the tissue. It was pretty pink with a lil red streaking...sorry tmi! So I don't know what to think. It lasted about 4hrs, nothing this morning and my BP is high! I'm in emerg right now, waiting for an ultrasound. *sigh* I hate this!

mandykat760 - 2 days ago
Don't forget some spotting is normal

Jas77 - 2 days ago
mandykat760 congrats!

Jas77 - 2 days ago
sher-baby- hope all is okay, let us know how you go.

emefa - 2 days ago
Feeling sick dis morning,hw r you,ladies

sher-baby - 3 days ago
I've had a lot of trapped gas and that def hurts. But I've just started spotting! :-( it's almost 12am here so I'll prob go to emerg in the morning. Im a lil scared now and prob won't be able to fall back asleep.

Jas77 - 3 days ago
sher-baby me too, my hubby and I were laughing at my bloated tummy last night. Can't wait til I can actually say it's the baby and not just bloat lol. Having lot's of tummy pain too up high.

sher-baby - 3 days ago
whoo hoo!! 6 weeks tomorrow! half way to the safety mark!! i feel soo fat!! LOL OMG!

mandykat760 - 3 days ago
So, I just had my para guard IUD pulled because I'm pregnant!

sher-baby - 4 days ago
Supermom- yup!!! I've just missed having ANOTHER argument with DH last night after just dealing with on a few days ago that left me storming out of the house at 2am to sit and cry in a bus stop!!! So I don't know if it's just my hormones or maybe a combo of dh's stress also!

supermom87 - 4 days ago
I know I haven't made it to 6wks yet not alot people left in week 5 I just had to ask anyone else experiencing feeling angry I don't know if it's normal and it's like it come out of nowhere

babylove5 - 4 days ago
I remember with my last pregnancy getting on here and thinking everyone was to dramatic with the morning sickness. I felt great. This time around it may just be my turn to have the

babylove5 - 4 days ago
I am with you ladies on the horrible morn sickness. I am on number 5 and this is the worst so far. I am thinking something is different with this baby. I have my 1st dr apt tomorrow and I hope its not twins! I hope I get a ultrasound, the though of two does not make me excited, just overwhelmed.

emefa - 4 days ago
Babylove,tanx alot,i do hav terrible dreams nowadays n wake n cry,i eat less food n throw up,hopin to see de doc dis wk,tanx to u all

Jas77 - 5 days ago
bean I am exactly the same, this is baby number 5 for me.. I have never felt this sick in any of my previous pregnancies! I said to my hubby uh oh maybe it's twins!!!

bean79 - 5 days ago
I am on baby #4. I never had ANY morning sickness with the other three, who are all boys, but this time I feel like I'm going to puke all day long. And I'm soooo tired! So either I'm having a girl or twin boys! :) My doctor doesn't see patients until 10 weeks, which I think is really weird, but if I asked for a dating scan I could get that done. Except I know the date I ovulated, so...I would kind of be lying. Anyway, hope everyone's doing well. How do you all deal with young children when you're exhausted and sick? It's tough!

sher-baby - 5 days ago
That's funny! Last week everything I are tasted salty!! An I like salt but it was almost too salty! Today I'm just feeling blah!

babylove5 - 5 days ago
I am craving salt and I am soo thirsty! I hope everyone else is doing good. I'm off to football and sitting in 90 degree weather is not fun while pregnant.

sher-baby - 6 days ago
Me too! I slept on and off all day yesterday. Thankfully the weather was crappy so I didn't feel too bad that my daughter was stuck inside all day! I've started to feel pretty tired as of 5w1d. I could go back to sleep right now but prob will just chill out again! Today is also a bit of a crappy day also.

babylove5 - 6 days ago
emefa welcome to the roller coaster ride of pregnancy! It's always great to have other pregnant women who understand.

babylove5 - 6 days ago
Sher I wouldn't worry about picking her up unless you are a high risk pregnancy. I am feeling exhausted right now. We are off to the park soon but I'm so tired, I could just sleep. I have been getting my hubby to help more since I am pregnant. I am going to take extra good care of myself and put more work on him. Men have it easy we should make them work harder ladies!

emefa - 6 days ago
Hi,i'wk six today,i am very enotiinal lately

sher-baby - 7 days ago
babylove5 - im about a size 3-5 also and i find myself resorting to my yoga pants because my jeans are squeezing my 'bloat'. ive been having backache now for a lil while and last night my daughter fell asleep in my bed so i carried her into her bad and afterwards i started cramping!! i got a lil scared and maybe i'm going to have to stop lifting her. she is only 5 but shes a solid 5 yr guess at least 45lbs!! btw...sorry, im sneaking over from week 5!! LOL

babylove5 - 7 days ago
Shelly I have the sudden onset of crying sometimes too. I am rather snippy though because of the morn sickness. I wear a size 5 and they are getting tight already. I look bloated and so I was doing my abs last night and noticed the muscles have already split open. I should expect it though since its number 5 but I'm a bit bothered. I know we are pregnant but still no one wants to have tight pants this soon.

shellybelly81 - 8 days ago
i have no cravings just yet, i notice during the day i dont have an appetite but dinner and beyond is when I want to eat!! i almost ordered a pizza at 10pm last night lol I feel so out of it !! I am really emotional this time around.. I don't know what it is but I saw a fire truck and cried.. the other day I just cried for no reason. I am more sensitive and I hate it lol I cant wait for this to pass!

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  1. Dawnofbaby3please - 10 Apr 2015
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