Week 6 is another milestone in the development of your baby. Although aside from the morning sickness you do not perceive anything special, it is important to pay extra attention to your health for the sake of the both of you.
The expectant mother
You might feel irritable and tired, and your nausea might be getting worse, but it is not a rule: some women do not experience any of these symptoms. If you are among the lucky ones and you do not have these signs of pregnancy, do not worry, your baby is still all right. Your mammary glands and ducts become swollen, thus your breasts are tauter, harder and bigger, and your nipples might also become darker than usual. These are completely normal signs of the hormonal changes taking place in your body, so do not worry. Your genitalia might also become swollen which results in urinating more frequently. This makes it even more important to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
During this week, all of the most important organs of the embryo start to develop: the limbs, the lungs, the pancreas, the stomach, the larynx and the cochlea. By the end of this week, the embryo is 4-6 mm long. The neck and the head takes up half of his body length, while by the time the baby is born, his proportions slightly change and these parts take up only a quarter of the body. The brain is divided into three, functionally differing parts: the forebrain is responsible for memory and rational thinking; the midbrain translates the stimuli of the outer world for the organs and the limbs, while the hindbrain controls respiration and muscular movement. The liver and the kidneys are developing fast; the neural tube that connects the brain with the spinal cord is closing. Vaginal ultrasound can detect the embryonic stem and heart activity, so during the examination you are able to listen to your baby’s heartbeat.
If you have not paid a visit to your gynecologist yet, then it is high time to do it. Your pregnancy is confirmed by a vaginal ultrasound examination. The first examination is a bit long, but in order to ensure your and your baby’s health, it is absolutely necessary to check everything thoroughly.
Expecting a child is a natural condition: even if you experience episodes of sickness, you should not consider yourself ill. However, you do have to pay more attention to the signs your body gives and take care of yourself. But you do not have to change your diet drastically and you can continue your everyday activities as usual.
Some women tend to feel hungry all the time when pregnant, while others battle frequent episodes of nausea. But even if you feel like you could eat all the food you can find, try to fight the temptation. You might desire dishes you did not like before and start to hate the ones that used to be your favorites. Having a snack now and then could do no harm, but be moderate. If you experience problems with your digestion, it is advised to have smaller portions of food at a time.