In your sixth week of pregnancy, your embryo is four weeks old

In your sixth week of pregnancy, your embryo is four weeks old.

How tall is a shrimp? The growing fetus looks more shrimp than human right now, and it’s impossible to measure a shrimp like you would a baby or adult, from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. Even after the fetus develops legs and feet, they are usually pulled close to the body, so the developing baby is measured from the crown of the “head” to the “rump.” Right now, the crown-to-rump length is about two to four millimeters.

This is a very big week for the fetus. The beginnings of a backbone and head are quite distinct, and the heart is beating, although it’s located on the outside of the body. The arm and leg buds are beginning to show, and the rudimentary eyes are located on the sides of the head, not in front.

Because the internal organs and limbs are in such an early stage of development, the embryo is very sensitive to any drugs, viruses or bacteria that might get past the placental barrier. Most defects begin between weeks four and eight of development (six to 10 weeks of pregnancy), also known as the embryonic period. Substances that can seriously deform or harm the baby now are not always as dangerous in the later stages of pregnancy, although they can still cause damage.

You get pregnant for a month now, but no one can tell by looking at your tummy. Your breasts might be larger, which you may or may not regard as an improvement! Your mate might appreciate your enhanced breasts, but you may have to remind him to appreciate them gently because they are probably quite sensitive. You may have gained a pound or two, but if you’ve been extremely nauseated you could have dropped some weight . Here’s a tip; don’t take your prenatal vitamin with citrus juice, because the acidic combination can upset your stomach, and you probably don’t need help doing that. Taking it at bedtime may also help.
Week 6 Action Plan

Here are some things to consider doing now:

* Check with your doctor. Visit your health-care provider and confirm your pregnancy if you haven’t already. You may not have suspected you might be pregnant until now, when your period is about two weeks late. Check out our information on the previous weeks to see what you’ve missed.

* Put a “barf bag” in the car. Morning sickness can become driving sickness without warning. You may never need that bag, but isn’t it nice to know that it’s there? An old towel could come in handy, too.

* Put a water bottle and snacks in the car. It’s the flip-side of morning sickness — sudden thirst or hunger. You’ve got to have the supplies to satisfy these urges, especially if you’ve been feeling green. Be ready to take advantage of the fleeting opportunity to eat or drink (or not-so-fleeting opportunity for the lucky non-nauseous ones).

A Year From Now…

…your baby will be about 18 weeks old. He or she may be able to roll over, and may start to rise up on the arms while lying on the stomach. Your baby might begin trying to reach for things, which he or she may be able to hold onto. You’ll be careful about what you leave within reach of your baby. Most babies, though not all, are ready to begin eating solid foods between four and six months. You can get a sense of your baby’s desire for solid food by his or her actions; your little one will start to intently watch you eat, and may grab for food or utensils. There are also some physical signs that should be present in order for a baby to be able to properly eat solids. Your child should be able to hold the head upright, move the tongue up, down, back and forth, and pull in the lower lip (for spoon-feeding). Young babies have a tongue-thrust reflex, which causes them to push solids out of the mouth with the tongue. A baby who is ready to try soft foods will not do this as often.
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