Week 6

6 weeksYour baby

  • At 6 weeks, the baby is around 4mm (3⁄8inches) long, measured from the top of the baby's head to the baby's bottom (this is always how the baby is measured)
  • Despite how early it is and how small the baby is, the foundations of all the major organs are already in place
  • Eyes and ears are developing fast - and the tiny, rudimentary, heart begins to beat (at about twice the rate of an adult heart)

Pregnancy symptoms

Every woman experiences pregnancy differently. Even though you have no visible signs, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
  • Tender, tingling breasts
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Sickness or nausea
  • A metallic taste in your mouth
  • Tastes may change, eg you may 'go off' coffee or tea
  • A need to pass water more frequently
  • Overwhelming tiredness
  • Mood swings
  • Light 'spotting'

Reduce your caffeine intake

Many pregnant women 'go off' coffee or tea and perhaps this is nature's way of encouraging them to cut down on caffeine. The latest research indicates that you should limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg per day.

Check how much caffeine there is in coffee and tea

Click here for information on foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Keep fit

Keep fit with your usual exercise (although you may want to avoid anything too extreme such as high impact aerobics or hard contact sports) - and if you don't usually exercise, now may be the time to start! Walking and swimming are good gentle ways of keeping fit. Exercise is good for wellbeing and for improving muscle tone and strength which can help your body cope with weight gain and the demands of labour. For more information and advice on exercise during pregnancy click here.

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