Pregnancy Week 6 - Pregnancy Week by Week Development

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 18, 2012

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  • The baby is equivalent to the size of a small bean
  • Eyes and nostrils of the baby form, and are visible in the form of a dark spot
  • The hands and toes of baby look like paddles
  • The heart beat of a baby is 100 to 160 times a minute




During the 6th week of pregnancy the baby starts its first movements but these movements are not so intense and can even go unnoticed by the mother.

Pregnancy Week by Week Pregnancy Week 6

If you are a first time mother then it will be surely a wonderful yet strange feeling.

[Read: Pregnancy Week 5]

Pregnancy Week 6  - Growth of Baby


The exciting changes in pregnancy week 6 make it an amazing experience. You can see your baby growing and keep a track of its health's progress.

  • In the 6th week the baby is equivalent to the size of a small bean. The head is oversized and appears bigger than the rest of the body. 
  • Eyes and nostrils of the baby form, and they are only visible in the form of a dark spot. In addition to this the emerging ears can also be seen.
  • In this week the hands and toes of baby look like paddles. Moreover, its fingers can be seen forming every day.
  • On an average the heart beat of a baby during the 6th week of pregnancy is 100 to 160 times a minute.
  • The pituitary gland starts forming.
  • Intestines and lungs start developing.
  • First cells of the stomach and intestine are formed marking the development of the digestive system.


Pregnancy Week 6 - Changes in the Mother’s Body

Most women might experience certain common symptoms of pregnancy while the others will not experience any.

  • Morning sickness, nausea, fatigue and pelvic discomfort are common in pregnancy. Problem of fatigue remains in the first trimester.

[Read: Pregnancy Week 7]

  • Some of the women experience extreme mood swings and can feel sad one day and joyful on the other.
  • 6 weeks pregnant women may crave for a particular food. This will last throughout the pregnancy period.  Pregnant women can even develop a hightened sensitivity to smell.


Advice for Pregnancy Week 6

Till the sixth week of pregnancy one is able to stick to the daily routine work. The only thing that must be done is to take extra care of oneself. Get authentic information about pregnancy and stick to whatever your doctor advice.

If you are still not able get used to the idea of being pregnant then don’t be stressed. Some people do take time to adjust with such a change in their body and life. In order to cope with the stress you can engage yourself in the things that you enjoy. For instance, maintaining diary in which you can jot down all your emotions and worries that can help in easing stress.


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