6 Weeks Pregnant: What to Expect in the First Trimester

When you find out you're expecting, your life instantly changes in wonderful ways. In contrast, at around the sixth week of pregnancy, you might also be wondering things like, "What should I expect during the first trimester?" Have no fear! Important prenatal care milestones and other measures necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy and newborn are covered in detail here.

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How Many Months is 6 Weeks Pregnant?

When figuring out how far along a woman is, many people wonder how many months she is at six weeks. Two months is the answer. If your pregnancy is six weeks along, you are officially in the first trimester. Following your pregnancy schedule will help you have a smooth and fulfilling pregnancy.

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Your Baby’s Development at 6 Weeks

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Baby's blood circulation and cardiac activity are just two of the many new things that are developing despite the fact that it is still very early. Here are a few more features:

  • Scrunched up: Your tadpole-like baby has a tail (it will disappear soon) and sits scrunched up, so doctors are measuring them from head to rump for the time being.
  • Circulation: The circulation of blood has begun, and an ultrasound may reveal faint cardiac activity (if not this week, then very soon) with a rate of about 150 beats per minute.
  • Arms and Legs: This week marks the first appearance of the tiny buds that will develop into your baby's arms and legs in the coming weeks.
  • Additional features: It's easy to forget, but your body is also producing other things besides your baby. This week, the placenta, amniotic sac, and umbilical cord reach a critical stage of development for a healthy baby.
  • This week, your infant is about 0.04 ounces in weight and 0.15 inches in length.

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The 6 Week Pregnancy Body

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You should make your first prenatal appointment now that you are 6 weeks pregnant. Your doctor's office will likely book it for 8 or 9 weeks out.

This week, your body may experience the following:

Food Cravings

On the flip side, you may find yourself craving items you would never normally consider eating. Fried chicken and apple juice? I'd love that! It's a stereotype that pregnant women crave pickles and ice cream, but research shows that at least 75% of expecting mothers experience at least one unusual food craving. The reason why is a mystery. Try to satisfy your hunger without going crazy.

Sore Breasts

The development of the milk glands and the accompanying increase in blood flow to the breasts are likely to be quite uncomfortable right now. They may feel better after switching from underwire to soft, supportive cups and trying on supportive bras and tanks.

Odd Dreams

Having dreams that are stranger, scarier, or more vivid than they were before pregnancy is also perfectly normal. A spike in progesterone, say doctors, can disrupt your natural REM cycles and lead to a restless night's sleep. (It's possible that anxiety, snoring, or the need to urinate are keeping you up at night in your third trimester of pregnancy.) If you awaken in the middle of a sleep cycle, you are more likely to remember your vivid dream.

Nausea upon waking

Between weeks 6 and 8, hormone levels spike, and morning sickness persists until weeks 12 and 16. It's crucial to find relief from morning sickness as soon as possible because it can last for 6-10 weeks. Eating smaller, more frequent meals (including breakfast) throughout the day, as well as ginger candy, lemon sparkling water, salty chips, and other salty snacks, may help some people. If it worsens to the point where you feel helpless, medical attention is warranted. 

Sensitive stomachs

Maybe you used to eat burritos all the time, but now you can't stand the sight of them. When your sense of smell is heightened by nauseating hormones, you may develop strong aversions to particular foods.


Your body is occupied with carrying a new human being to term. It's understandable that you're worn out. It's okay if you sleep in today; in fact, we encourage it. Your energy levels should begin to normalize in the second trimester.


Pregnancy blood spots can be alarming, but they may not be cause for concern. About 20% of pregnant women will spot during the first trimester, but this is usually harmless. Spotting indicates a reduced blood flow, with only isolated spots of red, pink, or brown blood. That much blood wouldn't be able to protect anything, not even a panty liner. Consult a medical professional if the symptoms you're experiencing persist or if you have any other worries.

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Some women may not experience the typical onset of early pregnancy symptoms until after the sixth week. There are some pregnant women who don't experience morning sickness at all.

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Understanding Your Pregnancy at 6 Weeks

Buckle up and prepare for take-off, because you're embarking on the grand adventure of the first trimester of pregnancy! This journey is as epic as any odyssey, and you're the intrepid hero at the helm. With the right self-care and knowledge, you can navigate this sea of changes with grace, confidence, and of course, a healthy dose of excitement.

Get ready to decode the mystery of your body's transformations. With each twist and turn of this thrilling journey, understanding the different stages of early pregnancy will be your compass, guiding you through the swirling whirlpool of information. It's not just about reducing stress, but about painting a vivid picture of your journey ahead, helping you steer the course with ease.

Remember, you're not just a passenger in this journey but the captain of the ship, empowered to make informed decisions about your care options. And though every pregnancy voyage charters its own unique course, our crew of medical providers is ready to provide personalized guidance along the way.

Here at 123 Baby Box, we know that in the exciting tumult of expectation, change is the only constant. But fear not, because we're your trusty co-pilots, right by your side every step of the way!

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