As much as early pregnancy can be stressful due to hormones and bodily changes—something significant is happening to your body; it’s preparing for the development of a new baby. Simply put, at week six, your baby begins to look like a baby. During this week, you’ll experience most pregnancy symptoms and feelings that are new.
Although your belly isn’t big during this time, your baby is developing in your uterine walls. As a result of the foetus growing, you may feel it extend to your bladder causing you to have frequent bathroom breaks.
Your baby’s growth at week 6
During this week, your baby is the size of a pomegranate seed. Regardless of the fact that it’s still tiny—crucial changes will continue to occur until you finally give birth. Your baby looks like a tadpole since it developed a tail that will later become the spinal column—but don’t worry, there are no frogs in your belly! Just your baby slowly developing.
Also, the foetus’ face will begin forming during this time. If you are diagnosed with twins’ pregnancy, you’ll be at a higher rate of dealing with complications. Therefore, you’ll need more check ups to ensure your babies are healthy. Jacaranda Maternity has a Gynaecologist Doctor for high risk pregnancies on every Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm at Umoja branch(Wallet centre, opposite Shujaa mall). And Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm at Kahawa West branch(Kamiti road, Kiamumbi, Chief’s stage).
As a result of pregnancy hormones, you’ll experience various symptoms during this time because your body is still getting used to the changes. Here are the symptoms you might experience in week six:
You may experience nausea in the morning, afternoon and evening. It’s a common symptom that 70 to 80 percent of pregnant women experience. While some women only experience morning sickness, others can feel nausea during the day as well.
If you are feeling tired—don’t worry. Pregnancy is hard! Especially during the first trimester, your body is still preparing to care for the baby growing inside your body. Fatigue is caused by hormones and high blood levels. You can follow these tips whenever you feel tired and overwhelmed:
● Take a nap
● Sleep early
● Don’t overwork yourself
● Drink more fluids
● Avoid caffeine
As much as prenatal vitamins are crucial in the health of your baby—consuming all that iron causes constipation which can be uncomfortable. Here’s what you can do to alleviate constipation:
● Increase your fiber consumption
● Drink fluids
You need to focus on your baby during this time, you can visit our prenatal clinic at Jacaranda Maternity hospital. We’ll offer you all the tips you need to guarantee a safe pregnancy.
It’s best to take antenatal multivitamins that will strengthen your body. You can purchase them at Jacaranda Maternity pharmacy. If you’re carrying twins you’ll need more nutrients compared to carrying a single baby. It’s best to consume foods rich in folic acid, calcium, iron and protein.