During week 6 your baby will be taking major developmental strides; his vital organ systems begin forming.
Baby’s head is formed. The heartbeats are visible. The head gives out small holes that will form ears as well as the thick parts that will become eyes.
Baby has a body, the basic brain and four buds that will become arms and legs. The mouth and jaw are formed. The baby’s size is now around 6 mm.
This week’s major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you’ll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus you’d find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby’s eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds.
His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute – almost twice as fast as yours and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.
You may find yourself developing a bit of a split personality feeling moody one day and joyful the next.
Now is the time to really watch your diet, not only to give you nutritious, energy giving foods, but also to make sure you are avoiding anything that could be harmful to your baby.
Getting lots of fresh air will also be of huge benefit to you and your baby as your pregnancy progresses, our bodies can only produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, so try and get out the sun as much as possible.
At this stage of your pregnancy, you may not feel very pregnant because there are little if any visible physical body changes. You may, however, begin to experience physical pregnancy symptoms such as:
Because of the rise in progesterone and estrogen, you may experience some not so pleasant pregnancy symptoms such as mood swings and morning sickness.
- Morning sickness feeling of being queasy with or without weight gain or loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, heartburn and indigestion
- Breast tenderness
- Food cravings
- Increased sense of smell
- Urinary frequency and nighttime urination.
Even though it is early on in your pregnancy, your task list is beginning to grow. This is a good time to schedule a prenatal visit at which time, your health care provider will examine you and obtain necessary tests to not only confirm your pregnancy but also evaluate your health.
As a matter of fact, during pregnancy, you will need to take care of yourself and your developing baby:
- Be sure not to drink alcohol or smoke during pregnancy, and avoid all other toxic substances such as drugs during this time.
- Be sure to discuss all medications you are taking with your health care provider to ensure that you should continue use during your pregnancy.
- To nourish yourself and your baby, make sure you eat a healthy diet and take a good prenatal