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.
fe1ix78 - 12 days ago
Hi all! Due jan 2 nd with my 4th. Hope everything stays put!!
babymum2010 - 14 days ago
@wasted- I know! I was on this site for my four previous pregnancies and loved it for the first two but it really has gone don't hill now! such a shame ..
wasted-space - 15 days ago
I'm due Jan 2nd. And have been getting increasingly frustrated with IAP this time round. I have used it my two previous pregnancies.
babymum2010 - 15 days ago
hey, anyone due 7th Jan?!?! It's such a pain not being able to put 2016 in!!
weber3 - 33 days ago
@amy you are a wise woman to stay off the Internet right now. Just try to enjoy the miracle of being pregnant for today and if you start feeling symptoms soon enjoy because all is well. I know so many people who have spotted and even gushed blood or clots and still had babies when 9 months are up. Thinking about you lots. We are all in this together.
keyshee - 33 days ago
Hello all... This site helped me in 2008 + 2009 (the hardest years of my life). Positive thoughts. Sending luv to all of our lil pumpkins.
amy110 - 33 days ago
Wow Weber, that's crazy ... who says that to someone?!
amy110 - 33 days ago
Hi ladies ... Aussie and Weber, everyone you girls are so sweet!! :) Doing ok, still there but not a lot. I haven't told my doctor, and my first appointment isn't until May 19th - which seems like forever from now :O Unless it gets worse or just doesn't go away I'm going to stay focused on staying as positive as possible and ignore deep thinking ... and with the exception of this site I'm going to ignore the internet! Nothing can drive one who is expecting more crazy than endless horror stories found on the internet, ha.
aussiemum86 - 33 days ago
@weber3 i cant believe people at your.work actually asked you that.! How rude!
aussiemum86 - 33 days ago
Plus i think people under estimate the power of positive thinking. Try to relax and think positive as hard as that my be and know we are here to chat to and support each other. I'm positive praying for you tonight that all is well and bubs is fine xx
aussiemum86 - 33 days ago
@amy110 sorry to hear your spotting but liker weber3 said its not always a bad thing. I have been thinking about you as well hope everything is going fine for you. I haven't been in your situation before but as long as you know all us girls are here to talk to and support you. Xx
weber3 - 34 days ago
@amy how is everything going? I have been thinking about you. I went through the same a few years ago a little further along and remember how scary it was and the yoyo of emotions and how alone I felt.
amy110 - 34 days ago
Thanks for the support Weber. Two lost ones previously - I just have to keep in a good frame of mind and pray all is well :(
weber3 - 34 days ago
@amy hugs to you. Praying all is well. Spotting isn't always bad.
amy110 - 35 days ago
Very light spotting yesterday and today :( :(
weber3 - 35 days ago
I have an aversion for vegetables as I do every pregnancy. I can't stand the smell in my fridge and leftovers taste like rotten food from the garbage right now. I feel pretty good. Better than other pregnancies so far so I hope that isn't a bad sign. Still have my symptoms at least. Midwife appointment may 12. I can't believe I have only known I was pregnant for 3 weeks. Feels like 3 months already. People at work ask me if i am going to keep the baby. It makes me so mad.
aussiemum86 - 37 days ago
@Mckenzie3 congrats on your pregnancy. I'm the same gone off coffee. Its the only thing i really don't feel like or can stand to drink. I haven't been to bad with meat can still eat it but most.of the time i cant think of what i want. I have a dating scan on the 8th may. I cant wait to see bub and make sure everything is ok
Mckenzie3 - 37 days ago
Thank you weber3! I've had to give up coffee as it is causing me to swell. I haven't had coffee since last week Wednesday, and so far no more swelling. Just drinking lots of water and eating healthier! Whenever I'm pregnant I don't feel like eating meat either. I don't get sick at all, but I tend to have an aversion for meat. How about you guys?
EmbracingNumber2 - 37 days ago
Ok. Nausea has become a staple in my life. And ginger ale has become my best friend. All I want is fruits and veggies. My boyfriend has been SUPER supportive with my crazy mood swings. My sex drive finally returned today so I'm happy. I haven't made a solid decision but my fisrt ob appt is May 11th so we'll see.
weber3 - 37 days ago
I am disgusted with myself as I already gained 7 pounds. I get so hungry for things I shouldn't and the things I should eat smells so bad I can't eat them.
weber3 - 37 days ago
@Mckenzie congrats and I hope all that you are takino works for you. I have had only one loss and that was heartbreaking enough. I can't imagine how you must feel. pregnancy is so scary after having a loss.
mckenzie3 - 38 days ago
Hey everyone! Not a lot of people here, but I'd love to keep the convos going with whoever is here! I used to follow this site a long time ago when there would be 50+ people signed up! My background: I have two boys ages 1 1/2 and 4 1/2. I have had 5 miscarriages besides. I am considered high risk, but they have no clue as to why I have a hard time maintaining pregnancy. I am on a regimen of progesterone suppositories twice a day, metformin, and a daily shot of Lovonox. My first ultrasound to check baby's heartbeat is May 4th and I can't wait!!!! Praying we get to keep this one! I hope everyone else is doing well!
aussiemum86 - 38 days ago
I use to love my coffee's but like my past pregnancy i cant stand it now i go for a hot chocolate in stead. I've been having such a hard time thinking of something i feel like eating. Dinner is a pain to cook for the family cause i don't feel like anything i cook for them. I know this is going to sound so silly but I'm a tummy sleeper always have been and with my last pregnancy i slept on my tummy/side basically until i had him. This time i cant stand stand sleeping on my tummy it doesn't hurt but feels really uncomfortable like i can feel the baby there. I know it sounds silly but that's the best way to explain it. I'm weird i know lol
weber3 - 38 days ago
I am feeling pretty good most of the time. Not as tired as I expected to be and nauseous at times. I can't stand leftovers at this time. Tastes like garbage literally. And chicken...Yuck. and of course veggies are my enemy as they are with each pregnancy. I have gained 5 pounds so I have a big belly already. Like every other pregnancy.
jory927 - 39 days ago
@aussie glad you're ok!! Hope you're back feels better soon! MS hit me right as I turned 6 weeks. I've been struggling this week, it's a miracle my husband just so happened to be home from work all week. He has been a godsend! I'm having to snack constantly. Ready to get to the fun part of pregnancy and past all the yucky, though it has been very reassuring that things seem to be going well.
aussiemum86 - 39 days ago
Woohoo another week down. I sliped on some cardboard tonight and near put my back out have the worst lower ache in my back lucky i didnt fall going to get hubby to give it a rub. I'm so tired tonight its 11.30pm in Australian at the moment. Hows everyone's pregnancies going? I've been really lucky i a actully haven't had much ms.
sarahann - 40 days ago
Hello week 6! It's always a good feeling to make another week, no matter how early :)
weber3 - 43 days ago
If anyone else is here its more lively in week 5. thats where i am hanging out for now.
jory927 - 49 days ago
Popping in from week 5, @sarabeth13 sending lots of hugs and prayers your way!! Can't wait to read more of your updates. :)
sarahbeth13 - 49 days ago
Thank you Mommas! Fingers crossed for both of us!
mommashavin11 - 50 days ago
Saraneth, I feel for you, I have 10 living, but lost 5. I try to think of my last loss on October as sort of paving the way for this one, if that makes sense. Someone up above to help this one along. Thinks will work out for you this time. We are all praying for you.
sarahbeth13 - 50 days ago
Went in for my first appointment and because I have had two losses before my dr did a scan in his office. There is a sac and there is definitely something in it. YAY! The machine he used is low tech and low powered so he said he couldn't say for sure if there was a heartbeat, but I really thought I saw something. I have a scan at an ultrasound place scheduled for Friday so we will know for sure if it is viable then. I know even if we see a heartbeat, there are no guarantees, both of my previous losses were after fetal cardiac activity (11+ weeks and 9+ weeks) but I am really hopeful. Please cross your fingers or say a little prayer if you are so inclined. And if you are out there...post a message for goodness sakes! too quiet in here!
mommashavin11 - 56 days ago
Morning sickness has begun, oh what fun! This is number 11 for us, ms still no fun, had it with each, but I know it's a blessing because it means things are going right. Small price to pay for a beautiful baby. Wish everyone well!
dixie3 - 57 days ago
Hi nycnaz23- I am in the same situation as you- I have 3 children and found out 2 weeks ago I am pregnant with my 4th. This baby was not planned and I'm still in shock. I'm not sure how I feel either! I'm sure I will get excited but right now, i'm trying to process it all. I also took a whole lot of different home tests and still couldn't believe what i was seeing!It's so hard not having any support- I'm in the same situation- I live away from friends and family and it can be difficult. Wishing all of us luck- it's so quiet in here at the moment!
nycnaz23 - 58 days ago
Hello Mommies of week 6. I just found out over the weekend that i am pregnant with #4 I had to take 4 tests of different brands to be certain and this is absolutely not planned. I think I need some more time for it to sink in. I am high risk pregnancy and with no family or help around and a full time job, I am sure it will be difficult. My first born was a girl and stillborn at 39 weeks gestation, she's always in our thoughts, and my daughter have an imaginary friend name Sakeena (my first baby's name)
Anyhow, good luck to everyone, I look forward to seeing weekly updates till the time have reached. Much love <3
babyrand - 62 days ago
Hello everyone! just found out I'm pregnant a couple weeks ago with my Second. no sickness yet but had the worst sickness through my first right till I gave birth. so hoping second time around will be different
mom2beof6 - 63 days ago
Hello week 6. I am showing up too a lil. Well cuz this is my baby#6 :). I am sick all day ughh. How is everyone doing?
Mrs.Potter - 63 days ago
Hello everyone and Congratulations!! Im 6 weeks & 6 days pregnant and have had MS this whole week! Its horrible! I have read about vitamin C drops(in cough drop isle)that may help. Have any of you tried this remedy? I feel like this one may be a girl 😊because with my DS I felt great the whole pregnancy. Also, is anyone showing yet? I swear I look 3 months PG! I have my 1st US on Monday and I'm super excited but anxious that OBGYN will tell me I'm with twins. I may lose my mind lol
chrissy0423 - 64 days ago
Mrscarr- I don't know on the ant- nausea medications. I have been lucky, and haven't had any. I get heartburn, but not nausea. I'm a little worried at my lack of symptoms, but I will just have to hope that all is well until I can see my OB.
mrscarr - 64 days ago
So I'm in full swing of the morning sickness. I can't eat anything. :( I went to the hospital for dehydration and was given a prescription for Zofran. I've been seeing all these commercials about it causes birth defects and I'm terrified. But with my last two pregnancies I took Zofran and my kids are fine. Idk if I'm just paranoid. My OBGYN prescribed Diclegis to me but its not covered by my insurance. Anyone else tried this medication? I hope this nausea and vomiting goes away soon. I'm a wreck.
gamamaof3 - 64 days ago
Excited to say that I made it to week 6 as of yesterday
chrissy0423 - 65 days ago
It's so quiet in here. I hope everyone is doing well!
email@example.com - 69 days ago
Hi all, came on here with my last preg 3yrs ago and ended up joining a fb page and am still in it today... just found out im pregnant again, due november 9th... started a new facebook group if anyone would like to join me, feel free to do so, its called Pregnant & Due in November 2015
2bBlessedw2 - 79 days ago
LILPIGZ-there should be 5 of us in this week. Oh well...glad for our Facebook groups, otherwise I would feel very alone in this!
lil.pigz - 81 days ago
2b..lol, I think we are the only 2 people in this week. Last comment was 5 days ago. Thank god for facebook,huh?
2bBlessedw2 - 83 days ago
Ultrasound next Tuesday...Drs appointment tomorrow because I have been bleeding on and off. Numbers are rising nicely though. Just had my last draw today and will also get those results tomorrow.
2bBlessedw2 - 83 days ago
Finally in week 6! Hi ladies. You can hear a pin drop on these pages these days. I would love to only gain 35 or 25 pounds! I gained 48 with my last preg but I also spent 14 weeks laying flat on strict bed rest. Chances are that will happen again, so I guess I should prepare myself. 25 is recommended...even 30 depending on where you start at.
beingamomrocks - 86 days ago
Just found out I'm pregnant. This site was pretty common couple years ago not so much any more I agree. This is my fifth. I have s 5, 3, 19 months, 7 months. Pregnant again!:)
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