Pregnancy week by week



Week 6 of Pregnancy

Now that you know that you are pregnant, you will either be very excited or you will be still getting used to the idea. You may also start experiencing some of the early symptoms of pregnancy. This is also the time to make your first antenatal visit to your doctor (if you have not done so already). At your first antenatal visit, your doctor will help you determine an expected delivery date (EDD). Your EDD is 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. If you deliver on your EDD, your baby is actually only about 38 weeks old. This is because your ovum didn’t become fertilized until about 2 weeks after the start of your last menstrual period. Your doctor will ask you to go through some important tests to rule out certain health conditions. Refer to our section on antenatal tests to get a complete list of the recommended tests.

Your body

Aside from some slight weight gain, your pregnancy will not be obvious to others. If you have not experienced any morning sickness so far, you may start noticing it this week. Despite the name morning sickness, it can occur at any time of the day and into the night. However, nausea tends to be worse in the morning. The smell and taste of certain food might make you want to throw up. Hormonal changes in your body may make your breasts sensitive and sore. Another common complaint you may experience this week may be frequent visits to the bathroom. You may also be experiencing increased vaginal discharge, heartburn, constipation, and bloating. Refer to our section on symptoms during the first trimester to learn some helpful tips to get over these symptoms. Emotionally you may also begin to notice some changes, you might feel extremely happy one minute then quite depressed the next. Don’t worry; this is usually just the adjustment period of your body to the rapid changes.

Spotting or staining is fairly common in early pregnancy especially around the time that the fertilised egg implants in the uterus. It can sometimes be confused with a period. If you have vaginal bleeding and suspect that you are pregnant, or at any time during your pregnancy, contact your doctor as it may be an indication of potential problems such as an ectopic pregnancy.

Your baby

By the end of this week your baby will be around 4 to 5 mm in length (the size of a small bean). Perhaps the most amazing change at this stage is the appearance of face. She will have a large head and small dark spots where the eyes and nostrils are beginning to form. She is developing tiny buds that will become arms and legs. All the vital organs (heart, liver, kidneys) are developing. Your baby’s heart is the size of a poppy seed and her blood circulation is well established. This week her brain and nervous system are developing and growing at a faster rate than ever. The cerebral brain hemispheres are enlarging.  The optic vesicles, which later form the eyes, begin to develop this week on the sides of the head. Sometime this week, your baby’s heart will begin to beat and in many cases can even be detected on an ultrasound. This week will see the beginning of the development  of digestive and respiratory systems.


You should not do any lifting once you discover you are pregnant. As the pregnancy hormone relaxin   makes your ligaments more pliable, they are more prone to strains. If you have to lift something keep your back straight and bend only your hips and knees. Even when lifting your grocery shopping try to divide your load into both hands.


1) What can I expect at my first antenatal visit?

At your first antenatal visit, your doctor will take your complete medical history as well as family history on both sides. She will also do a thorough physical examination, including blood tests, cervical smear and urine test. This is to check your overall health and identify any factors that put you at risk for pregnancy or foetal complications.  You may also have an ultrasound to make sure your baby is doing well. Your doctor will give you an estimated due date (EDD). Based on the results your doctor will schedule your future appointments. For instance, if you have a high risk pregnancy you may have to visit your doctor more often.

This is the time to ask lots of questions and discuss any lifestyle changes or restrictions you may need to observe. She may advice you about your diet, exercise routine, special precautions especially during travel and things to avoid. You can refer to our section on pregnancy nutrition to know more


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