6 Weeks Pregnant

Fetal development in week 6

Your tiny manatee has a busy calendar chock full of epic growth and development this week.

The very beginnings of wee hand plates and the early formations of what will be their fingers are already visible! And of course their genius brain is still growing like - well, a brain on fire.

The bottom half of your tiny sea-creature's body will not develop quite as fast, so they're starting to look a little bit like a quasi-mermaid/man with their hand plates on top and flipper legs and tail.

In the past weeks, your sea-monkey has been very curled up with their head and tail in close proximity, but this week their trunk and neck are beginning to grow and straighten as their tail recedes into its resting position in the back.

Even though your little one is only 6 weeks old, they're already capable of demonstrating reflex responses to touch!

And how's mom doing?

Choo choo! The same lame symptom train has arrived in Puke Town for up to 80% of pregnant women this week!To lessen your symptoms, buckle down and focus on cleaning up your diet. Skip greasy spicy foods, drink lots of water, eat several small meals throughout the day, take plenty of naps.

If you're like most pregnant women, you'll be feeling the typical oh-so-fun nausea kicking in some time this week. If you don't, then chances are you're in the clear - but don't blame us if we're wrong! There are always a handful of women who are officially morning-sickness late-bloomers with two weeks more to go before the nausea sets in.

You're more likely to end up with morning sickness if you're carrying twins (or more!), or have experienced it in an earlier pregnancy. Also, if you've ever experienced nausea or vomiting with birth control pills, then you can expect to have morning sickness with this pregnancy (and hopefully be pleasantly surprised when you don't!).

To lessen your symptoms, buckle down and focus on cleaning up your diet. Skip greasy spicy foods, drink lots of water, eat several small meals throughout the day, take plenty of naps. For those of you without morning sickness: bask in the fact you're just one of the lucky 20% of pregnant women who never actually experience morning sickness, you lucky non-puker, you!

Did You Know?

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) or "morning sickness" is observed in up to 80% of pregnant women, to a greater or lesser extent. Typically, NVP is limited to the first 7 to 12 weeks of pregnancy, although about 20% of women experience NVP for a longer period of time. Some women even report enduring NVP until the end of their pregnancy.

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Have you seen my fabulous hemorrhoids?

There is a group of women out there that think they didn’t get morning sickness because they wouldn’t allow themselves to. Like, they think throwing up all day, every day is a state of mind.

“Oh, I just wouldn’t allow myself to throw up,” she says while rubbing her nonexistent belly. “So I didn’t.”

Any pregnant woman that comes across these types of women should turn the other way and run as fast as she can (which might just be lumbering gently away). Why? This woman has the “Miracle of Life Syndrome.”

Every little gas pain and tummy rumble is special. They feel like they’re “glowing” and just love every last bit of pregnancy, right down to the hemorrhoids.

You do not want to be friends with these women. They will brag about “easy” labors. Their babies will sleep through the night by the end of the first week.

Worst of all? She’ll be fitting into her “skinny jeans” by her six week postpartum checkup. Never trust a woman that can fit into her skinny jeans that quickly.

Find yourself someone with hyperemesis. She won’t ask if you “tried crackers.” She’ll be truthful about labor and will be your friend in sweatpants for that first year after the baby.Never underestimate the value of a friendship where you can go grocery shopping together in your pajamas.