Your Weekly Pregnancy Development: Week 6

Your baby — which who is now considered an embryo — is clearly visible on the ultrasound

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Get ready for a growth spurt

Week 6: Your baby's nervous system starts to develop

During your 6th week of pregnancy, your baby grows at a phenomenal rate and his systems develop significantly. Here's what is happening at 6 weeks pregnant:

  • Your baby, now called an embryo, is clearly visible on ultrasound. He is about 1/8 of an inch long, about the size of a grain of rice.
  • When you're 6 weeks pregnant, his nervous system and all major body organs — heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs — begin to form.
  • Facial features — jaw, cheeks, chin, nose, and eyes — begin to develop around the 6th week of pregnancy.
  • Your baby's heartbeat is beating about 80 times per minute and gets faster each day.

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Your Week 6 nutrition and health

How nutrition can help manage symptoms of morning sickness

Morning sickness is caused by elevated levels of hormones in the body. The most common symptoms are nausea and vomiting, as well as mood swings. A good way help relieve these symptoms is to make some nutrition changes, including:

  • Eating small meals or snacks frequently throughout the day
  • Limiting or avoiding greasy, spicy, or fried foods
  • Drinking fluids to stay hydrated, especially if you are vomiting
  • Indulging healthy cravings

It also might help to:

  • Avoid those odors in your daily routine that make you queasy.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.
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What to expect at your first prenatal visit

What's your due date? How is your pregnancy progressing? What can you expect in the coming weeks? There are many questions at this early stage of pregnancy. That's why it's time to begin prenatal visits with your doctor.

This prenatal visit checklist can help you get ready.

You and your doctor probably will go over:

  • Your medical history:
    • Date of last period ___________________
    • Contraceptive use ___________________
    • Prescriptions ___________________
    • Allergies ___________________
    • Medical conditions ___________________
    • Exercise ___________________
    • Nutrition habits ___________________
  • Your due date (Knowing your due date helps your doctor more accurately monitor your progress and baby's growth.):
    Due date _______________________________________
  • Baseline tests:
    • Weight ___________________
    • Blood pressure ___________________
    • Heart rate ___________________
    • Urine and blood lab work___________________
  • A pelvic exam and possibly a Pap smear
  • Your questions: 
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