Each week will bring new changes for your body and baby. To discover more about these and some fascinating facts, click on the stage of pregnancy and then select the week you want to know more about.
6 weeks pregnant
Your baby’s development
Your baby’s now about 8mm long – double the size they were last week, but still only the size of a little tadpole. Their tiny heart has already started to beat at about 100–130 beats per minute as blood begins to circulate. The little buds that will become arms and legs are starting to form. Brain waves are detectable from day 40 as brain tissues are growing rapidly. Their eyes are starting to take shape and have already started to darken with pigment.
You & your body
During early pregnancy, it’s important to take supplements of folic acid to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. You might be starting to feel nauseous as the level of pregnancy hormones rise. Eating small frequent meals can help, and of course a healthy diet is important to give you all the nutrients you need. Nibbling a dry cracker before you get up in the morning may help settle your tummy.
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