The onset of week 6 is vital for the development of your baby. While week 5 might not have been eventful symptom wise, week 6 is the time most women start experiencing pregnancy symptoms. The hormones are running riot hence affecting your moods and generally responsible for other symptoms you might be experiencing at this time. You can finally say, without any fear of contradiction, that you are pregnant!
How Many Months Are You Pregnant At Week 6?
If you are in your 6th week of pregnancy, you are effectively in your second month of pregnancy as well as the first trimester. The journey has started and in a little over 7 months, your little bundle of joy will announce its arrival into the world.
Your Baby at Week 6
At week 6, you might be grappling with a number of pregnancy symptoms that your pregnancy might feel like a bitter experience. Hang on. It’s not all gloom. There is good news. You baby is growing at a rapid rate. At week 6, your baby is now the size of a sweet pea. An ultra sound at this stage might pick your baby’s heartbeat. Vital organs such as the lungs, the kidneys, the head, the eyes, the ears, and nose are beginning to take shape.
Planning For Your First Prenatal Visit
No doubt, your home pregnancy kit returned 100% positive results. There is no denying you are carrying a living thing in your tummy life. While it’s perfectly okay to believe your home pregnancy kit results, a confirmation from your doctor wouldn’t hurt. This is the time to plan or go for your first prenatal visit. You are probably excited for this very first of many visits.
Your first prenatal visit will entail the following:
- Physical examination
- Pap smear
- Pelvic exam
- Blood group testing
- Rh factor testing
- Sexual transmitted diseases testing
- Urine testing for bacteria, protein, glucose, red and white blood cells
In addition to the above tests, you should be ready to answer a number of questions in your first prenatal visit. The questions are meant to capture your health histories that could be instrumental to your current pregnancy. This is also the time to ask your doctor any questions you might be having regarding your pregnancy. For instance, you could ask why all of a sudden your chest has increased in size or whether your partner’s schlong can poke your baby’s head during copulation. This is the time to ask any questions you have however silly you feel they might be.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 6
At 6 weeks pregnant, you are experiencing a number of pregnancy symptoms. The symptoms are now more pronounced compared to the earlier weeks. Some of these symptoms include:
If this is your second or third pregnancy, you will agree with me that one of the most annoying symptoms in the first trimester of pregnancy is morning sickness. Don’t for a moment be fooled by the sound of the name. The reality of the matter is that morning sickness will hit you at any time of the day. At week 6, you might find yourself throwing up at any time of the day. That said, not all women experience morning sickness at week 6 or the first trimester of pregnancy. Some do, some don’t. If you don’t, thank your lucky stars!
In addition to nausea, you might notice that all of a sudden you are visiting the bathroom frequently. Your bladder gets full so fast that it has become a concern especially if you are on the move most of the time. You probably are wondering, why the frequent urinations? HCG, a pregnancy hormone, is responsible for increasing blood flow to your pelvic area. Your uterus is gradually growing hence pressing on your bladder which makes you have frequent urges to visit the bathroom. In addition to that, your kidneys are rather more efficient at excreting wastes from your body. In light of this, it is important that you stay hydrated and take lots of liquids even when you don’t feel like it.
Don’t be mistaken. You are not crazy. You are not imagining things. Your breasts are actually a little bigger and tender/sensitive. This is the time to ask your partner to be gentle with the touches. Your breasts are prepping themselves for the single most important task of nourishing your baby. The milk ducts are beginning to form. You may notice your nipples sticking out than usual and your areola darker than usual.
You might have noticed that you are exhausted most of the time. Your body is working overtime and the increased production of hormone progesterone is making you exhausted all the time. Pregnancy fatigue is common and shouldn’t be cause for alarm. To fight off fatigue, ensure you take naps, eat little snacks here and there as well as engage in light exercises to boost your energy levels.
Do you feel gassed? Don’t be alarmed. Hormone progesterone is to blame for this particular pregnancy symptom. This amazing hormone not only has an important task of ensuring you have a healthy pregnancy but is also responsible for the bloating you are experiencing or rather the puffy mom-to-be look.
Thought you were done with spotting in the first 5 weeks of pregnancy? You were wrong. It’s not unusual to experience spotting in your sixth week of pregnancy. However, if you are experiencing heavy bleeding, don’t ignore. Consult your doctor immediately!
Are you experiencing a sudden swing in your moods? Mood swings are quite common in the first trimester of pregnancy. The emotional highs or lows are very common in the first trimester, drastically subside in the second trimester and sometimes, make a comeback in the third trimester.
The expectation is that you will be experiencing one symptom or the other in your sixth week of pregnancy. What if you are not? What if you are six weeks pregnant and there are no symptoms whatsoever? Don’t be alarmed. You are among the few lucky women that don’t grapple with symptoms in their sixth week of pregnancy. Thank your lucky stars and enjoy your pregnancy!
What Lifestyle Changes Should You Make?
Now that you are pregnant, it is highly recommended that you make some lifestyle changes. This is important not only for you but also for the well-being of your baby. They include:
- Desist from taking alcohol, smoking, or any form of drugs that might pose a threat to the well-being of your baby.
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- If you’ve not started taking prenatal vitamins, now is the time to start taking them
- Ensure that all meat, turkey, eggs, or chicken are properly cooked before eating them
- Avoid unpasteurized milk as well as untreated water
- Have a candid discussion with your doctor on what medications are safe to take during your pregnancy
- Wash all fruits before eating. This is essential in minimizing the risk of infection
The Final Take
Congratulations are in order. You’ve made it this far and now you are six weeks pregnant! A lot of changes are taking place. Some familiar and some unfamiliar. If it’s your first pregnancy, you might consider documenting your pregnancy journey every step of the way. A pregnancy journal would be most ideal at this stage. Consequently, you might consider taking photos for memorabilia. This entails taking photos to mark every week of your pregnancy and the transformation that your body undergoes.
Last but not least, identify a support group. Spend time with women who have experienced pregnancy before or those who are currently pregnant. Share your fears, your joys, and your expectations. You still have 7 months to go! What does week 7 have in store for you? Are you excited? Definitely. Are you worried? Probably. You will realize it was all worth it when you finally welcome your bundle of joy after 9 months! For now, take it one week at a time!