Pregnancy during the sixth week is not a restful one for the mother-to-be that you are. Your hormones are playing tricks on you, and your mood is feeling the pinch: those around you, and especially the father-to-be, are likely to notice. But after all it’s normal, you’re pregnant… And this week is important!
Amenorrhea week: 8th
Pregnancy week: 6th
Embryo: 12 mm
the sixth week of pregnancy For the mother-to-be :
This week, your hormone levels are at their peak… which is causing you a lot of trouble? If you’re one of the unlucky ones who suffer from nausea, the nausea is likely to get worse this week. The same goes for constipation, which is a very unpleasant but classic symptom…
This week is crucial in your pregnancy, and it is often at this stage that early miscarriages unfortunately take place: if you notice bleeding, you must consult a doctor quickly. On the other hand, pain in the lower abdomen should not worry you, it is a question of tightness linked to the change in the size of your uterus.
Your uterus :
Your uterus continues to increase in volume: your baby is taking up more and more space. It is now the size of an orange. This hurts you because the muscles stretch, as does the skin. That’s why some women notice small stretch marks as early as the sixth week of pregnancy.
For the baby :
Big growth spurt for your baby who now measures about 12mm and weighs 1.5g! Incredible change since last week, which explains your discomfort. He retains a bean shape, but his face is clearly visible and his spine is forming. You can see his little fingers appear! This week is still essential since the inner ear, the optic nerve and the kidneys are forming. And great news: he starts to wiggle in all directions! That said, you can’t feel it yet…
During your first appointment with the gynecologist, don’t forget to declare your pregnancy to your health insurance, your doctor will give you a document certifying your pregnancy. Your pregnancy will become a reality for the Australian administration!
Do not forget the precautions :
It is essential that you rest as much as possible, and above all that you do not carry any heavy loads. It is strongly discouraged to make any effort because the embryo is certainly well attached but it is still so small and fragile! You must spare yourself as much as possible!
It is not uncommon to feel sensations of heaviness in the legs during the sixth week of pregnancy: you can sleep with your legs slightly elevated to relieve yourself. You should also walk as much as possible to improve blood circulation.
- In this 6th week of pregnancy, the risk of miscarriage is unfortunately possible. At this stage, the embryo remains fragile, even if the implantation has been successful, baby is not yet well attached to the wall of your uterus. Pay attention to your lifestyle and your diet. If you are a sportswoman, be aware that certain sports should be avoided during pregnancy. Rather privilege a soft physical activity (swimming, walking…) in order to remain in good physical shape. Avoid long car journeys, heavy physical efforts…
- From the 2nd month of pregnancy, it is important to adopt the right gestures in order to avoid the appearance of undesirable stretch marks. Apply almond oil once or twice a day to make your skin more elastic and therefore better prepared for the inevitable weight gain!
- You can now make an appointment for the 1st ultrasound scan, which must be performed between the 9th and 11th week of pregnancy.
- The 1st prenatal consultation must be carried out before the end of the 3rd month, before the 13th week of pregnancy. The aim is to establish the pregnancy and to verify the correct positioning of the embryo in the uterus. This is an important prenatal consultation which includes an interview to determine the medical follow-up best suited to your pregnancy. At the end of the first prenatal examination, your doctor will ask you to take a blood test to determine your blood type and to check your immunity to toxoplasmosis and rubella. A urine test will also be performed to determine glycosuria and proteinuria. Urine testing can detect possible complications: gestational diabetes, hypertension, urinary tract infection… All in all, these examinations allow for a good follow-up of the pregnancy and therefore the protection of the fetus and the mother-to-be!
Happiness in perspective!