Congratulations! You’re now 6 weeks pregnant, but you’re still clueless as to what to actually expect these days. Sure enough, you’re starting to experience the phenomenal morning sickness which many pregnant women tend to have in their first trimester. Your hormones make an ultimate high and all-time low at varying hours just when you least expect it. You may also have that early glow of pregnancy or you’re starting to feel ambivalent that you are indeed with child. Don’t worry. Check out the rest of the article and see what the 6th week of pregnancy has in store for you. Technically speaking, the sixth week of pregnancy is around one and a half months. So you should expect gradual physical changes on your body and that of your unborn child around this time.
For some women, they may feel ambivalent that they are pregnant, there are those who may still be dealing with denial stage, and there are women who feel very much excited about this milestone in their life. Ambivalence is still considered normal when you’re 6 weeks pregnant. This is due to the fact that there are some first-time pregnant moms who may not have expected a child at some point in their life, so they feel uncertain whether to feel happy or scared that they’re fast becoming parents. Bear in mind that the first trimester or three months of pregnancy is the most crucial time for a baby’s fundamental growth and development. At this point, you should have cut down from your nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol consumption if you’re a chain smoker, coffee drinker, or alcoholic.
Now is not the time to think about ‘eating for two’. Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to double up your usual food intake because you are feeding yourself and your baby. Eat healthy. Take more fruits and vegetables, take your food supplements plus folic acid as prescribed by your physician regularly, and get enough rest and exercise. Your baby has developed a complex circulatory system to distribute nutrients to the rest of its body. The brain and nervous system is slowly developing as well. It is important that you take care of your gradually growing body at this point in time and try to avoid X-rays, sources of radiation, alcohol, medications that cross the placenta and other factors that can affect the growth and development of the baby.
On a visual scale, your baby doesn’t look entirely human at this point. It resembles jelly beans in appearance and has a head that’s bigger than its body. It also has a tail; so generally, the embryo looks a cross between a tadpole and a jelly bean. Facial features of the tiny being resemble simple black dots for the eyes and slits for a mouth. The ears may start to form into buds at this time and tiny outgrowths for hands also start to form. It is best to consult the doctor regarding these developments, and you’ll be advised to see your obstetrician on a regularly scheduled basis so your health and that of your unborn child is monitored closely. Exposure to radiation is a big no-no at this point because it can cause organ malformation for the baby. The fetal heartbeat has a rate of 140-150 beats per minute.
When you’re already 6 weeks pregnant, you’ll also observe various changes on your body aside from experiencing morning sickness and hormonal spurts. Morning sickness is experienced because the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin, the chemical substance that’s responsible for the two pink lines on your positive pregnancy test causes increased gastric acidity. You’ll feel a wave of nausea and vomiting the moment you rise out of bed every morning, and even during the day. The best thing you can do to remedy this discomfort is to nibble on soda crackers after you get up in order to neutralize the pH of your gastric contents. Take sips of water, or suck on plain hard candy.
Try to stay away from peppermint, nicotine, or coffee because these have ingredients that weaken or relax your esophageal sphincter. A weakened sphincter causes gastric reflux which in turn will cause you to upchuck your stomach contents. Be warned though that morning sickness is a misleading term since you’ll be dealing with waves of nausea and vomiting all throughout the day. Keep yourself hydrated all the time. You are very much at risk for having spontaneous abortion when you’re 6 weeks pregnant. At this time, the neck of the cervix has sealed off the bottom of the uterus with a protective mucus plug, but it is still not that strong to actually hold another growing human being especially if you tend to engage on strenuous activities.
You will also be prone to spotting and vaginal bleeding during this time especially if you’re a primi gravida. You will also observe vaginal secretions that should be odorless and milk-like to clear in color. Be wary of bacterial vaginosis which is common in the earlier stages of pregnancy. Maintain feminine hygiene but try to stay away from vaginal douches as these may irritate the lining of your birth canal which is continuously expanding and the cervix which seals off the uterus. Bearing a child is one of the most wonderful experiences that are not entitled to every woman. Celebrate your pregnancy by living healthy. Remember, someone gradually takes form and lives inside of you. He or she may depend on your nourishment for some time until you give birth and in the next 18 years.
Pregnancy is beautiful. It may not always be a very pleasant experience because there would always be pain, awful weight gain, and discomforts that the condition so often brings. But at the end of the day, you just have to take care of your body, prepare everything for childbirth and once your bundle of joy comes out into the world with his or her first cry, trust that all the discomforts that you endured during pregnancy will all be forgotten.