Calculating Your Pregnancy
In case you are just joining with tracking your pregnancy, this is a reminder of how your pregnancy is calculated. Many people have a challenge trying to figure out when they conceived, how far along they are and when their baby is due. The first day of your last menstrual period is date used for estimating your date of conception, your due date and how far along you are. Pregnancy is tracked from this day even though conception occurs approximately two weeks later. Many people discover that they are pregnant at about the time they miss their period (approximately 4 weeks after the LMP) and get told that they are four weeks along when in your mind you know conception happened about two weeks ago. That is because pregnancy is tracked from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).
6 Weeks Pregnant – My Growing Baby
My growing baby is only about ½ inch in length.*
6 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby
My baby is already starting to form lungs, jaw, nose and a palate. Additionally, the webbed buds are growing which will become the hands and feet. The heartbeat can be detected using a vaginal ultrasound and the brain is in full development.*
6 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me
You may notice that you have gained a few pounds, while other pregnant women may have actually lost weight. You may begin noticing changes in your breasts including tenderness, darkening of the areola, and swelling.
You may also begin experiencing heartburn which is a common complaint during pregnancy.
Some women experience bleeding during pregnancy that may not be a sign of any problem. This spotting (finding spots of blood in your underwear or on toilet paper after using the restroom) may be accompanied by light cramping. You would want to consult with your health care provider if the bleeding becomes heavy like a normal period or if the cramps are worse than normal period cramps. This could be a sign of a miscarriage.*
6 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week
Knowing your blood type and your partner’s blood type is important during pregnancy. Each person’s blood is one of four major types: A, B, AB, or O. Blood types are determined by the types of antigens on the blood cells. Antigens are proteins on the surface of blood cells that can cause a response from the immune system.
The Rh factor is a type of protein on the surface of red blood cells. Most people who have the Rh factor are Rh-positive. Those who do not have the Rh factor are Rh-negative.
6 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips
Some women complain that their prenatal vitamins make them sick to their stomachs. If this is happening to you, then you may want to take them with food or take them at night before going to bed.
If you continue to have problems tolerating your prenatal vitamins, consult your health care provider before stopping them completely.
6 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner
Your partner may be struggling with morning sickness, and you may feel completely helpless. However, you can help mom cope with the nausea and vomiting that are common during the first trimester. Some things that you could do that could be helpful include:
- Doing the cooking (or ordering takeout!)
- Helping with the kitchen clean-up
- Doing the grocery shopping
* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception. Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman. It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.