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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.

See also:
Tests before pregnancy
Tests during pregnancy



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julesbaby4 - 6 days ago
Hi ladies.. I will be chatting with u guys through out this pregnancy... I haven't been to docs yet but I took 2 at home tests midday & they both were positive :) hoping for a boy this time

babylove5 - 8 days ago
Holz I would go ahead and get your levels checked so you are not left to wonder. Best wishes!

sher-baby - 10 days ago
Ok. I'm Kmfx for you that ur bhcg is nice and high and u see ur lil bean at ur next sono with a pounding heart!

holz8519 - 10 days ago
no they did not do a bhcg yet she just gave me a script for it today was planning on going and having it done thursday before my next sono

sher-baby - 10 days ago
Holz...I don't know to be honest. And every woman and every pregnancy is different. When I went to emerg on Tuesday they measured at 6w3d (3days further than I thought) and I saw my lil guy without any guessing and saw his lil heart just fluttering away! It look exactly the same as the pic above just obviously not in color..did they tell u what ur bhcg was or no?

holz8519 - 10 days ago
So I have a second Sono scheduled or August 28th. My OB also wants my BHCG checked to make sure its not a miscarriage. Though I have not had any bleeding and the sono i had yesterday although it was off by over 2 weeks from my lmp it was only off 3 days from when I ovulated. So at this point I'm not too concerned. Just gonna have to wait till next Thursday and Hopefully be able to see a heartbeat. Should I be more worried that they were not able to see a fetal pole at 6w4d and only measured 6w1d?

happy1 - 10 days ago
Ultrasound today! Just one bub. Strong heart beat and everything looks good. I hope everyone is feeling good.

mandykat760 - 10 days ago
This all seems to be happening so quick this time. I can't button my jeans and my back and hips hurt. I know it mostly bloating but geez. Third baby is already kicking my butt!

holz8519 - 10 days ago
They have not scheduled another sono yet I'm supposed to go back into my dr's on September 3rd so either my dr will call and send me for another one before then or send me for another one after my appt on the 3rd. And the date they gave me is only 3 days off of what my actual date is. everything was intact and I have not had any bleeding and still have pregnancy symptoms so not really worried really would of loved to see a heart beat though.

sher-baby - 11 days ago
are any of you ladies taking any other vitamins other than you prenatal?? i dont eat/drink a lot of dairy so I'm wondering if i should also include calcium and vitamin D into my diet to help out a bit. thoughts?? OH and i bought my doppler today! $63.00 CAN on ebay..not to shabby!

sher-baby - 11 days ago
babylove5- ya my dr. hasnt said anything yet, I'm just being overly paranoid i guess!! 7 weeks tomorrow!! whoo hooo!!!

babylove5 - 11 days ago
Holz you may be off on your dates that's good they saw the gest sac and yolk sac. It may just be to early. Sher I had bleeding too and everythings great with the baby! My Dr. isn't concerned and even said I could have sex.

sher-baby - 11 days ago
That's great news Supermom!! I know it's such a relief to see what you want to see! Holz- did they make another appt for you to go back?

supermom87 - 11 days ago
I measured 7wks by ultrasound and strong heart beat so happy I cried a happy cry when I heard the beating

holz8519 - 11 days ago
SO i went for my sono today I am 6 weeks 4 days based on ovulation. At the sono i measured 6 weeks 1 day. They did not see the fetal pole only the gestational sac and yolk sac so Ill hopefully be going back in a week or two for another to see a heart beat.

sher-baby - 11 days 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 - 11 days 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 - 11 days ago
Anyone plan on working out throughout their pregnacy?

supermom87 - 11 days 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 - 12 days ago
I'm praying for you Supermom! Good luck!

supermom87 - 12 days 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 - 12 days 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 - 12 days 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 13 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 - 13 days ago
I'm still getting cramps too. Painful at times

sher-baby - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 days ago
Hi everyone. Funny moments...im 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 - 13 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 - 13 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 - 13 days ago
Yay that's great :-)

mandykat760 - 13 days ago
Great news

sher-baby - 13 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 129bpm...my 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 - 13 days ago
Good luck sweetie. You bp will be high from the stress.

sher-baby - 14 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 - 14 days ago
Don't forget some spotting is normal

Jas77 - 14 days ago
mandykat760 congrats!

Jas77 - 14 days ago
sher-baby- hope all is okay, let us know how you go.

emefa - 14 days ago
Feeling sick dis morning,hw r you,ladies

sher-baby - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 days ago
whoo hoo!! 6 weeks tomorrow! half way to the safety mark!! i feel soo fat!! LOL OMG!

mandykat760 - 14 days ago
So, I just had my para guard IUD pulled because I'm pregnant!

sher-baby - 15 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!



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