Pregnancy Week 6 / First Trimester

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Week 6

What happens to you?

You may have morning sickness.  During the first three or four months of pregnancy, you may experience nausea and vomiting.  This is called morning sickness, although it can happen at any time of the day or night.  Certain foods and smells might set it off without a momentís notice.  You may be feeling miserably sick, but donít worry!  Morning sickness is perfectly normal.  It is your bodyís way of adjusting to the hormones released during pregnancy.  Your doctor can suggest some ways to minimize your symptoms.  One of the best is to eat small, frequent meals, including one right before bed, one during the night if you get up to use the bathroom, and one about 30 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning.

Your breasts may tingle, feel heavy, the areola (dark nipple portion) may become darker.

Avoid changing cat litter, because there is a risk of getting an illness (flu-like symptoms) called toxoplasmosis.  Toxoplasmosis can cause genetic defects in your baby.  Don't get rid of the cat.  Just ask someone else to change the litter while youíre pregnant.

What happens to the baby?

By the end of this week the baby will measure 4-6 mm.  The larynx (voice box) starts to form, as well as the inner ear.  The heart is developing further, and blood circulation is well established.  Upper and lower limb buds will appear this week.  And the beginnings of the liver, pancreas, lungs, and stomach are evident.

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