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6 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to this week:
1.     Your baby’s tiny face is starting to form – the face you will stare at for hours on end.
2.     Getting used to early morning snacks to combat morning sickness.
3.     Needing to pee a lot, one of the uniting factors of all pregnant women everywhere.
4.     Mild bloating: one great reason to wear comfortable clothes every day.
5.     An increased sense of smell.
Pregnancy symptoms this week:
You are probably still getting used to the idea of being pregnant – although your body isn’t necessarily making it easy for you. The early stages of pregnancy can be pretty rough, and on top of that many women feel very emotional. We’ve all been there! At this stage, you may still feel like you’re suffering from the most extreme PMS you’ve ever had. You may feel bloated, have tender breasts and experience some cramping. This is all totally normal, so try not to worry about it too much. Just remember the important work you’re doing here – you are growing a human being in there.

Most women experience morning sickness around week six, it’s one of the most common pregnancy experiences. Many pregnant women find it helps to eat something light like plain crackers or toast first thing in the morning – even if you don’t really feel like it. Every woman experiences morning sickness differently (even at different times of the day), so try to remember you’re not alone in this. Some women only feel a little queasy, some feel really ill. Eating small snacks throughout the day instead of big meals can help – a great excuse to stock up on snacks that you really like and wouldn’t normally buy. You deserve it! You might find your hormones heightening your sense of smell, so try to keep away from strong odours if you can. Hand the frying pan to your partner – this is a great time for him to hone his cooking skills. At this stage, it’s important to listen to your body: rest if you feel you need to, or do some mild exercise to give you an endorphin boost.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is developing rapidly inside you, although the embryo still doesn’t resemble a human. Every day your baby is getting bigger, and they are now about the size of a lentil. A tiny face is beginning to form: ears, eyes, a chin, cheeks and nostrils.

The circulatory system is now circulating blood and becoming more sophisticated. Your baby’s heart is beating at twice the rate of yours – more of a flutter than a beat. The little sprouts of arms and legs are more noticeable now. At the moment all your baby’s needs are being met by the yolk sac, the placenta takes over towards the end of the first trimester.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Visit your  gynaecologist.
  • Try to do some gentle exercise – yoga or pilates are both great for pregnant women.
  • Make sure you have plenty of fibre in your diet.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
If you find that your mind is racing with questions, write them all down. That way they are out of your mind and you can remember them to ask your gynaecologist.

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