During pregnancy week 6 the baby may be anywhere from 2 to 5mm long at this point of time.
Dark spots form where the eyes and nostrils take shape. Small pits on the sides of the head are formed where the ears will develop, and tiny buds that will form the arms and legs at pregnancy week 6. The baby starts responding to sensory inputs and starts moving all on its own in next few weeks.
At pregnancy week 6 the heart starts beating at about 100 to 140 beats per minute and blood starts circulating throughout the baby’s body. The healthcare practitioner may be able to see the beating of the heartbeat during pregnancy week 6 using ultrasound. The baby might as well be able to display reflexes in response to touch even by pregnancy week 6. This is because of the central nervous system developing and linking the muscles in the body with the limbs. A woman may start having some weight gain by pregnancy week 6. Most women generally gain about 5 pounds and some might gain more. Some women may not gain any weight at all because they are nauseous from morning sickness. But it is not uncommon to lose weight. The waist starts becoming thicker, particularly if it’s not the first pregnancy. The size of the uterus also changes throughout the pregnancy. Spotting may or may not occur during the early weeks of pregnancy. It is nothing to worry about; however one should always call the healthcare practitioner to report any unusual bleeding, as it may be a sign of impending miscarriage or any other problem. Morning sickness during pregnancy is perfectly normal, though some women experience a severe form of morning sickness.
By pregnancy week 6, weight is gained. Women who do not have severe morning sickness often realize a weight gain of 1 to 5 or more pounds. It is found that as the morning sickness subsides appetite actually starts increasing during pregnancy. The best thing one can do is help nourish the baby and curb appetite. This is done by eating several small or mini meals per day. This can actually help from morning sickness. When eating additional calories healthy diet should be taken. Fruits, nuts, yogurt and other healthy foods will not only help combat cravings, but will also provide the developing baby with much needed nutrients. High fiber foods will also help combat constipation, which is a common side effect of pregnancy. Fiber also helps feel full longer and help the digestive tract function more smoothly. Bowel habits might change during pregnancy. Constipation along with irregular bowel movements may be noticed. To avoid constipation fluid intake should be increased. Along with exercise certain foods such as bran and prunes which increase the bulk in one’s diet may help relieve from constipation.
Craving for particular food during pregnancy week 6 could be considered good or bad. Hence food that is good for the growth of the baby and the mother should be eaten. Foods those are not so good for the health of the baby should be avoided.