Your pregnancy at 6 weeks
What's happening with mum
As well as the symptoms you may already be experiencing, you can expect some gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn because of the hormone progesterone which is helping your muscles relax. You might also have some tummy cramps and light spotting of blood. While this can be completely normal in most pregnancies if it becomes frequent or worrysome contact your doctor or midwife immediately as in some cases this can be early sign of ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
You might also experience mood swings which are common during pregnancy. Big changes are happening in your body and mixed emotions with regards to your developing pregnancy are normal. Until you feel comfortable talking to friends and family who may not yet know about your pregnancy, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor or your midwife who can perhaps put your mind at rest and answer some of your questions.
What's happening with baby
By th end of this week your baby will be approximately 5mm long. As well as tiny internal organs such as lungs, kidneys and liver finding their place ready for development, the heart is beating at about twice the rate of yours. The circulatory system is also becoming more sopisticated.
Although it wont be until week 12 that the placenta is mature enough to take over hormone production, it is thickening up nicely in preparation.
While your baby's head is still not fully formed and her face is still just fold and bumps, all the features will be in their right place with bumps and indentation marking where ears,eyes and nose will grow.
Around this time you might be making your first trip to the doctor in which case be prepared to have some tests done. Prenatal tests are designed to check a variety of things. Blood tests will identify your blood type and whether you have enough iron in your blood. A blood test can also reveal your immunity to measles and any diseases such as STD's or gentic factors which may affect your baby. A urine test will check for the presence of glucose, bacteria, protein and your levels of red and white blood cells.
If you are 6 pregnant your due date is from Thursday, 16 May 2019 through Wednesday, 22 May 2019.