What can you expect in the sixth week of your pregnancy?
Now is the time to preserve the pregnancy stick from your test as a wonderful reminder of your pregnancy. It is said that the longer you wait to do a home pregnancy test, the more precise the results. To do your test you can buy a pregnancy test kit without a prescription from most chemists and supermarkets. They are inexpensive and can cost as low as $15. If you follow the directions carefully the accuracy of these results are as high as 97 percent.
When and how should I use a home pregnancy test?
Home pregnancy tests work by detecting the HCG hormone in your urine. Doctors advise you to test on the first day of your missed period, which is usually two weeks after your conception. Directions for the test vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. But most of these tests require you to pee in a cup and dip the stick in urine and leave it for a few minutes. The positive result that you are pregnant may be displayed differently in different kits. Some may show pink line some may show a blue line and some tests may show two pink lines to indicate you are pregnant.
Baby’s development in a nutshell
The sixth week is just two weeks after you conceived and the growth of your baby will be fast this week. By the end of this week you baby can actually be measured and will be about four to six millimeters long. Basic features of your baby will soon begin to appear and small buds will begin to form its arm and legs.
Some physical changes you will experience during the sixth week
- You will experience definite physical changes this week. You will notice much more vaginal discharge than usual. This is common in sixth week of pregnancy and is thought to be because of increased blood flow to areas around the vagina. If the discharge bothers you, using a panty liner may help. Wiping yourself with wet wipes down there, will reduce chances of yeast infection. If you have excessive discharge and it causes you unbearable itching consult your doctor as this could be due to yeast infection.
- The breast tenderness that began in the fourth week of your pregnancy will increase this week. The tenderness is usually the feeling of sore, swelled up and sensitive breasts and nipples. Tender breasts are due to all the hormonal changes in your body. You could wear cotton bras at bed time to keep you comfortable. Avoid push up bras as they could make your breasts feel really uncomfortable at this time.
- The sixth week tends to bring on more nausea and aversion to certain foods. Foods that were bearable in the past week become unbearable for you. Try to avoid foods and certain smells that make you queasy and ill. To deal with nausea get plenty of rest, proper diet and drink plenty of water. Avoid keeping your stomach empty as it can make your nausea worse.
- Headaches are also quite common during this time of pregnancy. Take a light nap to combat headaches. If your headaches are unbearable consult your doctor immediately.
- It is normal for your saliva production to increase at this time of your pregnancy. It usually stops at 12 weeks. If swallowing your excess saliva makes you feel queasy you could spit it in a tissue. Chewing on a sugarless gum may help you make it easier for you to swallow your saliva.
Some emotional changes in you during the sixth week of your pregnancy
- You may expect several changes in your mood this week. It’s normal to be excited and worry at the same time. Ditch bad habits like smoking and consumption of alcohol as it is a crucial development time for your baby.
- You may worry for your baby’s health at this time. Try to relax and let Mother Nature takes its course.
- You may still not want to share the news with your family because you may think it’s too early. It’s important for you to share your concerns with a trusted person. Talk to your partner or a health counselor about your concerns.
Your baby’s growth and development in the sixth week
- Your baby is now starting to show recognizable features like jaw, cheeks and chin.
- Your baby’s heart is now beating and can be seen on an ultrasound, beating at 80 BPM.
- Limb buds can be seen during the sixth week of pregnancy. Your baby forms a tadpole shape and top of the form will be your baby’s head and legs will grow from the bottom.
Helpful tips and ideas for this week
- Carry an empty plastic bag or what is known as puke bag, with you for those sudden bouts of vomiting. Wet wipes will come in handy when there are no bath rooms nearby.
- Carry your own personal snack bag to avoid an empty stomach. It is a good idea to snack on fruits and crackers especially after you have thrown up.
- You might feel horrible about morning sickness but remember it will disappear soon and don’t worry about not getting enough nutrition. Your normal appetite will return around 12 weeks.
- Avoid caffeine, alcoholic drinks like wine and smoking during pregnancy as it will affect the development of your baby.