At this point in your pregnancy, you are half way through the first trimester. They are some exciting developments in your baby’s growth. By now, you should be a bit more relaxed at the idea of having a baby. Whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned, you should be getting used to idea more and more.
You should know as much family history from both the mothers’ side of the family as well as the father’s side. This information will come handy at the first doctors meeting and throughout the pregnancy. Most women start looking at baby names though they have a long way to go, it is fun for a new mom to be to start choosing a names and reading the baby names books.
Now is the time to also stop smoking and drinking alcohol. You should also stop immediately if you are taking any products that contain Aspirin. Consult your OB/GYN if you are taking any over the counter or prescribed medications. The way that you take care of yourself at every stage of pregnancy will affect both your health as well as the baby’s.
During this time, the baby is growing at a fast pace. The size of the baby is the size of a small bean. The baby’s head is bigger than the rest of the body at this point and the eyes, nose and mouth are becoming more noticeable as the weeks go on. You can also start to see the ears forming as well. The baby’s hands are feet look like paddles with the fingers and toes forming every day.
At week six, you will also see that the organs are starting to form and the heartbeat for the baby is a very fast 150 beats per minute. The baby’s respiratory and digestive systems are starting to develop as well as the inner ear and the larynx. These are all exciting changes in the baby and you will start to like the pregnancy is real when you see that the baby is growing and doing well at this stage.
At week six, the baby will start to execute their very first movements. These movements are small and the mom cannot feel these yet. In time, you will start to feel the baby kicking up a storm. For first time mothers, it is a strange yet wonderful feeling.
Changes With Your Body
All new moms to be are different. Some do have pregnancy symptoms and others don’t. Some of the tell tale signs of pregnancy are morning sickness, fatigue, nausea and pelvic discomfort. There are some women who will sleep more during pregnancy and this is due to change in hormones. The fatigue will usually last from the first weeks of the pregnancy to the end of the first trimester.
At this time, you may start noticing that your sense of smell has increased. This will last throughout the pregnancy. You may also start to feel cravings for certain foods while pregnant. This will also last throughout the entire pregnancy. You may start to increase your eating habits, this can be good because the baby needs nutrients but many women gain a lot of weight during this time. Keep a simple exercise plan going though out the pregnancy, this will help with the food intake.
The average weight for a woman to gain during pregnancy is about 25 to 35 pounds. If you gain too much weight it won’t be good for you or the baby and if you aren’t gaining enough weight, it won’t be good for the baby either. Your doctor is keeping tack with your weight, so if you have any concerns don’t hesitate to ask questions.
What to Expect
Most women may already be settling into their pregnancy and others need more time to get used to it. It really is an adjustment that may take some time to take in. You may or may not experience morning sickness, most women do experience it. Sometimes it is severe and other times it is manageable. You will become more fatigued so listen to your body. If you start to feel tired, rest. Don’t try to rush through it. You will need all the rest you can during pregnancy.
The most important thing is listen to your body, as a new mom to be only you can tell when you feel something is not right. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor. That is what they are there for, it is your body and your baby so never dismiss anything you feel is not right.
You will also be getting read to go your next appoint in the next month. You will be able to see the growth and development of the baby. You may also be able to hear the heartbeat, it may be too soon. But the doctors know the best times to catch the heartbeat.
With week six of pregnancy, you are still able to do everything that you would normally do. The only thing you should be doing is to take more time for yourself. If you normally eat and run, take a half and hour to sit and enjoy your meals. Try to slow down bit by bit. If you work a lot of hours, as the pregnancy goes on, you will have to cut back those hours so try to make a plan of how things are going to work. Talk to your significant other and talk about your feelings, hopes and concerns. You both will feel much better by talking about things.
You may be itching to start telling people the wonderful news. Ask your doctor how the pregnancy is progressing and see if they see any objections with telling people about the pregnancy. By holding it in, it can cause some anxiety so you may be able to dispel this anxiety by announcing your happy news. The decision is ultimately up to you.