Learning that you’re pregnant can be overwhelming at times, especially if it’s your first pregnancy. But when you’re aware of what’s happening inside your body and the transformations or symptoms to expect, it can ease your worries and give you the chance to feel excited about what’s to come. Don’t forget to check out our entire pregnancy week-by-week section.
6-weeks pregnant symptoms
Just because you’re only 6-weeks pregnant and in your first trimester, it doesn’t mean you won’t be feeling any pregnancy symptoms. At this early stage, many symptoms are confused with PMSing, but here are the 6-weeks pregnant symptoms to expect:
- Morning sickness
- Sore breasts
- Urinating frequently
- Darker areolas around the nipples
- Abdominal bloating
- Food cravings
- Thicker, shinier hair
6-week pregnant belly
At 6-weeks pregnant, it is unlikely that your pregnant belly will look any different than normal. However, what’s happening inside your belly is a completely different story. During your 6-weeks pregnancy, your baby is developing at quite a fast pace. During this week, your baby will start to grow arms, legs and ears.
If you’ve been feeling exhausted, it’s probably because while your baby’s musculoskeletal system, liver and brain are developing, the baby requires a lot of nutrients which is being sucked from your body. Make sure you’re getting proper nutrition!
How to ease morning sickness at 6-weeks pregnant
Morning sickness can be the worst part of your first trimester. However, there are a few tips to help you ease your morning sickness:
- Spread your meals into smaller portions more frequently across the day.
- Stay away from spicy or greasy food.
- Avoid lying down right after you eat.
- Avoid smells and scents that trigger nausea.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Pregnancy checklist at 6-weeks pregnant
Since you’ve already missed your period, you probably already know you’re pregnant, taken a pregnancy test and found it positive. To make sure your pregnancy is coming along nicely, here’s a pregnancy checklist to follow at 6-weeks pregnant:
- Make sure you’re including 400 mg of folic acid in your diet.
- Avoid smoking.
- Decrease your caffeine intake to two cups of coffee per day.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet.
- Make sure all your proteins are cooked well.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables well to decrease the risk of infection.
- Ask your doctor for a urine test to evaluate your glucose levels
- Perform prenatal genetic testing, such as screening for Down syndrome
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Sources used in this article:
- Week by week guide to pregnancy – NHS
- 6 Weeks pregnant: Symptoms, tips and more – Healthline
- Your pregnancy at 6 weeks – Medical News Today
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