Your baby is about the size of a blackcurrant - 5mm...
Up until around week 6 of pregnancy your baby has been very curled up with the head and tail in close proximity, but this week the trunk and neck are beginning to grow and the tail starts to straighten.
There is a bump where the brain and head are going to be and it’s possible to see where the ears, eyes and nose will eventually form. Also, taking shape are the kidneys, liver and lungs. The little heart is beating 90 to 110 times a minute. A very thin layer of transparent skin is now covering the embryo.
The pregnancy hormone hCG is causing an increase in blood flow to the pelvic area and this, combined with the fact that your kidneys are becoming more efficient at ridding your body of waste, means that you have to make frequent trips to the loo. This isn't helped by the expanding uterus putting pressure on your bladder. Don't be tempted to cut back on the amount you drink. Your body and your baby need a steady flow of fluids during the day.
You may notice that you have become more sensitive to certain smells. The pregnancy hormone, oestrogen, causes this heightened sense of smell.
Bloating and wind are other symptoms of pregnancy caused by pregnancy hormones. This time progesterone is to blame as it is responsible for slowing down digestion so that the nutrients in the food you eat have more time to enter your blood stream and reach your baby. Drinking plenty of water, eating smaller meals and including plenty of fibre in your diet will help to make you more comfortable.
Things for you to consider during week 6 of your pregnancy:
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