The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
At week 6 of pregnancy, you are in the second month of your pregnancy. You can schedule your first ultrasound with your doctor to assess risks, and to check on your little one’s heart rate. Your little one’s heart starts to beat sometime between week 5 and week 6 of pregnancy. You may even be able to see the thump-thump on an ultrasound this week. This is a special moment! A heart rate of between 100 and 160 beats per minute is a good sign.
Your little one would look like a round circle (about 1/17 of an inch in length), with a small nub on one 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.
Your little one at week 6
You might be trying to manage all the pregnancy symptoms, but here’s some nice news. Your little one’s face is taking shape this week of pregnancy. The cheeks, chin, and jaws are beginning to form. Other parts taking shape this week include the kidneys, liver, lungs, and the heart. When you are 6 weeks pregnant, your little one’s crown-to-rump measurement is anywhere from ⅕ to ¼ of an inch (size of a sweet pea) and growing!
At this stage, you may not feel very pregnant because there are little physical changes. However, you may begin to experience physical pregnancy symptoms such as these:
• Morning sickness / feeling queasy
• Heightened sense of smell
• Nausea and vomiting
• Breast tenderness
• Food craving and/or aversion
• Gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, heartburn, and indigestion
• Frequent urination, and urination during the night
The rise in progesterone and estrogen may cause you to experience some pregnancy symptoms, such as mood swings too. You may find yourself developing a bit of a split personality - moody one day, and happy the next.
Taking care of yourself
Now is the 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 lots 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 battle pregnancy symptoms.
• Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and other substances such as drugs.
• Discuss all medications you are taking with your doctor, to check on whether you can continue consuming them during pregnancy or not.
• Instil a healthy diet and take good pregnancy milk to nourish yourself and your little one.
• Try to eat what will stay down and pay attention to your fibre intake.
• Write down one thing every day that you might want to remember, and share with your child in the future. For example, it could be ideas for names, or what you felt when you found out you were pregnant.
• Rest. You are not lazy, or out of shape - you’re pregnant.
Depending on your digestive system and appetite, you may have gained or lost a couple pounds. Don’t stress about it at this point. It 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.