At week 6 of pregnancy, you are in the second month of your pregnancy. At this stage, you may not feel very pregnant because there are little observable physical changes. However, you may begin to experience physical pregnancy symptoms such as these:
Morning sickness/feeling queasy. Unlike what its name suggests, morning sickness may occur at any time of the day. Thankfully, these symptoms will ease up as you approach your second trimester. A natural way to get rid of nausea and vomiting is to have small portions of food throughout the day rather than three main meals. It should go without saying, but do consult your doctor about the optimum methods you could use to relieve your morning sickness.
A heightened sense of smell. For many mums-to-be, smells that are usually harmless or even pleasant could make your stomach churn badly enough that you need to get away from it. Practice breathing in through your mouth and out through your nose, or keep a scarf scented with something that smells good to you to ward off smells that could bother you.
Fatigue. You may start to feel more exhausted now at 6 weeks pregnant than before your pregnancy. No one is entirely sure why this happens to some women and not to others, but it was suspected that hormonal changes may be to blame.
Breast tenderness. Your body is mass-producing pregnancy hormones that boost blood flow, so your breasts may feel sore, swollen, or tender to touch.
Food craving and/or aversion. It is a fact that most pregnant women experience some form of food craving or aversion. They can involve anything from savoury curries to sweet desserts, or even food that you do not usually enjoy!
Gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn, and indigestion. These symptoms are usually caused by the increased levels of progesterone in your system, which relaxes muscle tissue in your body and causes your digestion to slow down. This may result in lots of uncomfortable sensations churning in your belly. Some ways to ease them is by taking time when you eat, having a few smaller meals spread out throughout the day, or eating less asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts and beans.
Frequent urination, and urination during the night. At 6 weeks pregnant, your uterus is starting to expand as the size of your little one increases and may be pressing against your bladder. Pregnancy hormones will increase blood flow to your kidneys, which in turn produces and funnels more urine to your bladder. These factors may cause you to go to the washroom more often. You can reduce the number of trips you take to the washroom by avoiding diuretics such as coffee, tea, alcohol and some carbonated drinks as they increase urine production.
Spotting. If you experience light bleeding in the first trimester, it be best to call on your doctor and arrange for a check-up to make sure everything is going well. Whilst this is a common phenomenon experienced by 25% of all pregnant women in their first trimester, getting yourself checked will give you the peace of mind whilst addressing any potential issues more immediately.
Mood swings. The rise in progesterone and estrogen may cause you to experience some pregnancy mood swings. You may find yourself developing a little split personality—moody one day, and happy the next.
If you have difficulty managing your pregnancy symptoms, or if you feel something is not quite right, don't hesitate to ask your doctor or healthcare provider for assistance. They will be more than happy to help.
On the flip side, you may experience little to no symptoms this week. Don't worry, that is perfectly normal too!
While managing symptoms at week 6 can be challenging, the great news is your little one’s face is taking shape this week of the pregnancy! The cheeks, chin, and jaws are beginning to form. Other parts taking shape this week include the kidneys, liver, lungs, and the heart. At 6 weeks pregnant, your little one’s crown-to-rump measurement is anywhere from ⅕ to ¼ of an inch (the size of a sweet pea) and growing!
Your little one would look like a round circle (about 1/17 of an inch in length) with a small nub on the side. The nub is the attachment point of the egg to the uterine lining. Buds are starting to develop, which will later become the arms and legs.
With the pregnancy steadily brewing, it's time to really watch your diet by consuming nutritious foods, while avoiding anything that could be harmful to your little one. You could also get out and get a lot of fresh air. Our bodies can only produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight!
Here are some other ways you can take care of yourself and your little one as you take on the pregnancy symptoms.
This is also the time where you will have to start scheduling your prenatal visits and ultrasounds with a doctor or clinic of your choice.
The doctor or attending nurse may ask you questions about your health conditions, medical and surgical history, family history, previous pregnancy (if any), or conduct tests to verify your health and your pregnancy. This information will be necessary for your healthcare provider to test for, assess and take care of any potential medical complications that may arise throughout your pregnancy.
While you are there, this is the week to check on your little one’s heart rate. Their heart starts to beat when you're 5 to 6 weeks pregnant, so you may even be able to see the thump-thump on an ultrasound this week. This is a special moment for any mum-to-be! A heart rate of between 100 and 160 beats per minute is a good sign.
If you would like more information on this topic, please refer to trusted government websites such as myhealth.gov.my or consult with your doctor.
Depending on your digestive system and appetite, at 6 weeks pregnant you may have gained or lost a couple of pounds. Don’t stress about it at this point; your weight gain/loss will probably all even out in the end. The NEW Frisomum Gold® formula is also low in Glycemic Index (GI) to help pregnant mums maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy. Before you know it, your little one will be in your arms and the whole journey with all its bumps will be totally worth it!