At 6 weeks of pregnancy (or 28 days after conception) you are now at the beginning of week 7. Your baby is curled up and measures about 5mm (0.2 of an inch) from the crown of their head to their rump (or bottom). Your baby's facial features are now gradually forming, starting with a wide mouth. Their lower jaw forms first, shortly followed by their upper jaw, with their head and forehead being comparatively large and their brain now forming within. Your baby starts to develop bulging eyes on each side of their head. Some scientists have compared the look of unborn babies at this stage of pregnancy to the movie character E.T. (a loveable alien)!

 

During the next week your baby's limbs start to lengthen to form arms and then legs. Their hands and feet resemble ridged paddles that eventually become fingers and toes. Internal organs are also taking shape. Your baby's gullet (oesophagus), stomach, kidneys and bowel are being defined, as well as 2 small buds which will form their lungs. Your baby's heart now has four chambers and is beating away efficiently between 90 and 200 beats per minute!

 

An ultrasound at this stage can detect your unborn baby's heartbeat relatively easily, unless your pregnancy is less advanced than expected. Ultrasounds can also be used to date your pregnancy after about 7 to 8 weeks, if you are unsure when your baby was conceived (or their due date).

 

Physical changes

 

Passing urine

 

You may notice the need to pass urine more frequently. This is mainly due to an increased blood flow to your kidneys (35 to 60%), making them produce around 25% more urine. Increased urine production peaks by 9 to 16 weeks of pregnancy and then settles, but urinating more often can also be caused by slight pressure from your growing uterus on the bladder, continuing throughout pregnancy.

 

Bleeding

 

Some women experience bleeding during the early weeks of pregnancy. This may appear as bright spotting (fresh bleeding) or be brownish in colour (bleeding that happened a day or so ago). Any form of bleeding during pregnancy can be concerning. However, bear in mind that bleeding of some type during the first 12 weeks is a fairly common occurrence, which may or may not indicate there is a problem.

Emotional reactions

 

For many women early pregnancy brings concerns about the possibility of miscarriage. This may stem from a past experience or perhaps because it has happened to a friend or family member. You may feel anxious or in an emotional limbo, until your pregnancy reaches the 12th week (when the chances of miscarriage lessen).

 

Emotions can also feel heightened with some of the early physical changes of pregnancy. It is important to look after yourself by resting and sleeping when you can.

 

Partners may also feel anxious or concerned about miscarriage and perhaps this is something you should both talk about.  

 

Physical signs

 

Decisions, choices and health insurance. The caregiver you choose to provide your pregnancy care and the place where you decide to give birth and spend your early postnatal days with your newborn baby, will very much depend on your personal preferences, where you live and the type of services available to you, as well as heath insurance.

 

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