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
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.
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.
Tests before pregnancy
Tests during pregnancy
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- 6 days ago
I was very emotional over the weekend. I'm having trouble keeping my spirits up with feeling so tired and blah. TanyaMomOf4
- 9 days ago
I didn't know it was commonly to have during pregnancy. I thought it was usually a soon after pregnancy thing. Keep me posted. Prayers for everything to be just fine.HM8432
- 9 days ago
the dr said the best time to do it is in the 2nd trimester. Though I've got my fingers crossed that I don't have to have it removed. It's the second most common surgery according to my dr to have during pregnancy. TanyaMomOf4
- 9 days ago
Wow. That's what it sounded like to me when you described the pain. If it gets bad go to the er. I ended up with pancreatitis because of all the trouble my gal bladder has caused. What will happen if you have to have it removed? Can they safely do that while your pregnant?HM8432
- 10 days ago
These weeks are going by so slow! 6 weeks!! Yay! Last week was a rough one for me! I thought I was having really bad morning sickness but then pain started under my right rib and in my back, that lasted hours!! I was to stubborn to go into the er. I did see my primary yesterday and she said if must of been a gallstone. So now next week a get an ultrasound of my gallbladder to make sure there isn't more. Until then my choice of what I can eat are boring! sarah6485
- 29 days ago
Janet8 it's the hormones I'm very sensitive snappy irritable lately I have a very short fuse hopefully it gets better 🙁Janet8
- 29 days ago
LOL you guys.. and I thought my 3 was a freak out. I hope you can help me feel better! I've been a beast lately.. felt very unsupported, and picked on. My mom is dead, my dad is in Ireland, my aunt lives too far away to come help me regularly, and I was fighting with my in-laws (they were being incredibly rude).. so i've been warring. :) feeling a bit better today though.sarah6485
- 32 days ago
Yeh I still haven't got my head round the fact I'm Gona have 7 😮 Hahaha I still just don't believe it Blessedwn4
- 33 days ago
Aww yeah, it's pretty crazy. I can not believe we are. Going to have 4! Congrats to you! sarah6485
- 34 days ago
Blessedwn4 I'm pregnant with number 7 😮 I'm in week 5 Tomo I have 5 girls 1 boy last baby was my first surprise baby it was fun to have a surprise one 😃blessedwn4
- 38 days ago
Where are all the 6 weekers!?!?!?!?!