Your 6th Week of Pregnancy - The First Trimester
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Your Baby - 6 Weeks Pregnant
This is another busy week for your baby. Your baby now has a head and trunk. A groove (known as the laryngotracheal groove) forms and will become the larynx or voice box while the beginnings of the mouth and digestive system are evident as well. The inner ear and blood circulation are also apparent and your baby is beginning to develop facial features as indentations form that will become the eyes, ears and mouth. Your baby's brain is developing and activity can actually be monitored on an electroencephalogram (EEG). Also developing are the limb buds that will develop into the arms and legs. Your baby's heartbeat is visible on ultrasound as the heart is bulging from the body. The length of your baby is about 4 - 6 mm or 0.15 - 0.24 inches.
Your Body - 6 Weeks Pregnant
Sorry to tell you this, but as you rise, you may see your nausea, vomiting and headaches get worse this week. While it is called morning sickness, you may experience it at night or even in the middle of the day. You might try some of these morning sickness remedies to make these uncomfortable feelings more bearable.
There will be many changes in your body, but this week the changes are most apparent in your breasts. These breast changes may include increased breast tenderness, a tingling sensation, a darkening of the areola (the dark nipple part of your breast) and they may feel heavier than normal.
Today's pregnancy tests can technically detect elevated hormone levels almost immediately after fertilization. The levels of pregnancy hormone are high enough by week 6 that urine tests that measure hCG should definitely show a positive result at this point. You're sure to be able to confirm what your body is telling you.
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