6 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
6 WEEKS PREGNANT
At six weeks pregnant, you’re either just finding out you have a little being growing inside of you (maybe even more than one little being!) or you’re starting to get used to the idea that you’re pregnant after finding out within the last week or so.
Either way – Congratulations!
Right now, in week six, your baby is about ¼-inch long. To give you a better visual, that’s the size of a pea! In just a week’s time, your baby has doubled in size and by week seven, it will double in size again! That old saying that babies grow as fast as weeds seems to be quite accurate, doesn’t it?
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 6
In the sixth week of pregnancy, you’re likely feeling some pregnancy symptoms at this point, which could be what motivated you to take a pregnancy test. If you’re not having symptoms yet, count your lucky stars (and buy a lottery ticket!) The women with all-day morning sickness are kind of hating you right now. Just kidding. You’ll experience symptoms soon enough, so enjoy the calm before the storm while you can!
Symptoms at six weeks pregnant can include:
- Morning sickness. There’s no greater feeling than being nauseous for no reason. And when you’re pregnant, you get to feel that way quite a bit. (Pregnant women have so many things to be thankful for—morning sickness is not one of them.) Nausea can hit any time of the day, and you might even throw up. You might find that certain foods or smells make your morning sickness worse, so avoiding those things for the time being will help you get through these first few months of pregnancy.
- Fatigue. You have no idea what true exhaustion feels like until you become pregnant. Growing a baby takes a lot out of you! Don’t feel guilty if you need to take a nap or two to get through your day.
- Frequent urination. The need to pee a lot is a common early pregnancy symptom. Word of the wise, don’t try to hold your pee because of the inconvenience of having to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes. Not only will you regret holding it when you suddenly sneeze or cough and your bladder decides to empty itself down your leg, but you could also give yourself a UTI. UTIs are common in pregnancy, especially starting at week six, but don’t push your luck. UTIs are not fun.
- Sore boobs. Your breasts are probably tender and getting bigger. The soreness and enlarging of your breasts are due to the rise in hormones. The tenderness will decrease as your pregnancy progresses, but your bra size will likely go up by a cup size or more by the time you deliver your baby.
- Mood swings. Your hormones are all out of whack and, as a result, so are your emotions. You’ll be happy, sad, angry, and back to happy all within a 5-minute time frame some days. It’s okay. It’s normal, but it can be exhausting for you and for the people around you. Just remember, it’s only temporary (that might be a lie).
- Constipation. With pregnancy comes digestive issues. You’ll experience your fair share of gas, bloating, and constipation before your pregnancy is over. Around week six is when the constipation issues really start. Try to eat foods high in fiber, but if you find yourself constipated for more than a few days at a time, talk to your OB about other options that might help your tummy troubles that are safe for pregnant women.
- Cramping/Spotting. Cramping and spotting are par for the course when you’re pregnant and are generally nothing to worry about. If the cramping becomes unbearable and/or the spotting turns into period-like bleeding, contact your OB. At six weeks, problems like ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage are concerns.
6 WEEK BABY BUMP
You can stand at different angles in front of the mirror looking for a hint of a baby bump, but at six weeks, all you’re bound to find is bloat. Sorry! If you’re a first-time mom-to-be, you probably have about six more weeks before you’ll begin to show, unless there’s more than one little bean growing in there. Women who’ve had previous pregnancies or who are pregnant with multiples tend to show a little bit earlier.
Recommended weight gain for most women during pregnancy is 25 to 35 pounds. However, you may lose weight before you ever gain weight if you have extreme morning sickness. Once your morning sickness decreases, you’ll have plenty of time to gain weight. Your doctor will let you know if your weight is a concern, so don’t worry too much at this point.
6 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
Most women will not have an ultrasound at six weeks, but it all depends on how your doctor does things. Typically, unless you have a high-risk pregnancy, your first appointment with your OB won’t happen until you’re around eight or nine weeks pregnant.
At six weeks pregnant, your baby looks very similar to a tadpole. The tail will soon develop into the baby’s spinal cord, and the arms, legs, and ears look like small bumps right now. The baby’s organs are developing very quickly, too.
If you were to have a vaginal ultrasound this week, it’s very possible you’d be able to see the flickering of your baby’s heart as it beats!
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 6 WEEKS PREGNANT?
In the sixth week of pregnancy, you should:
- Schedule your first appointment. If you haven’t already, you should call your OB, let them know you’re pregnant, and schedule your first prenatal appointment.
- Take prenatal vitamins. Be sure you’re taking a prenatal vitamin that includes folic acid, which is especially important for baby’s growth and development. You can buy prenatal vitamins over the counter at most pharmacies.
- Make a list of questions to ask your OB. Before your first prenatal appointment, sit down and make a list of questions to ask your OB. Anything you aren’t sure about or you want more information about, write it down and ask your doctor.
- Sam C's Editorial Team