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6 weeks pregnant – all you need to know

By the end of this week your baby will have grown to the size of an orange pip.

Week 6 infographic.

What does my baby look like?

Your baby looks more like a tadpole than a baby right now, because their back is curved and they have a tail.

Your baby’s heart started beating at 24 days. There’s a bulge where their heart is going to develop. Even at this very early stage, the heartbeat can sometimes be found on a vaginal ultrasound scan.

There’s also a bump where the brain and head are going to grow. Tiny dimples on this bump soon turn into ears and you can see a thick area where the eyes are going to form.

Your baby is covered with a very thin layer of translucent skin.

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Your pregnancy symptoms in week 6

Are you suffering from cramps, constipation or dizzy spells? Find out about 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them). 

Morning sickness

One of the hardest things to cope with in the first trimester is morning sickness. Don’t be fooled by the name, the nausea can hit you at any time of the day. Some women get it and some don’t, some get it in one pregnancy and not the next or vice versa. Researchers have not been able to find the cause of it.

Even if you feel terrible, you don’t need to worry about the baby unless you can’t keep anything at all down. Your baby will get everything he needs from you.

'When I had morning sickness, the only thing that made me feel better was drinking tonic water, although it made me throw up. It took me a long time after giving birth to want a G&T again!' 

Louise, mum of two

Morning sickness remedies

These are some things that women have said have helped them, though there is little research to prove that they work. There is no tried and tested morning sickness remedy other than time.

  • Sparkling water
  • Sucking ice cubes
  • Small frequent meals
  • Travel wristbands
  • Foods and drinks that contain ginger (like ginger biscuits, chamomile and ginger tea, ginger ale and crystallised ginger).

If you find you can't keep anything down, speak to a doctor or midwife.

Pregnancy headaches?

Some women suffer with horrible headaches in pregnancy, which can sometimes be caused by hormones or dehydration. Find out more about how much water you should drink in pregnancy.

The following tips might help:

  • Try to rest when you can
  • Find ways to relax, like pregnancy yoga. Our 10 tips to help you relax in pregnancy is a good place to start. 
  • If you need painkillers, make sure you take the recommended dose.
  • Paracetamol is usually safe to take in pregnancy - but not all pain relief is so if you're thinking about a different pain killer make sure to check with your pharmacist.
  • Have a chat with your midwife or GP about pain relief.

If you have a severe headache that will not go away, it’s important you’re checked out by your GP or midwife. 

Tired and emotional?

Many women find that they get extremely tired during the first three months. Your body is working very hard so it's not surprising.

It can be difficult to cope with the tiredness, as you may not want to share the news of your pregnancy yet.

'I was so excited to be pregnant, but it also made me feel very tired. I could have slept all day and then still be tired when I woke up. It’s an exhaustion like nothing you've ever felt before.'

Louisa, mum of two

Just remember that this stage won't last forever, and the deep tiredness you're feeling usually passes when you reach the second trimester. If you can, get more sleep by going to bed earlier.

You may also feel emotional and tearful over little things, and you may find that your mood is suddenly going up and down because of the pregnancy hormones in your body. This is normal, but if you find that you are feeling sad more than you feel happy and the feeling does not go away speak to a midwife or doctor about it. You can read more about mental wellbeing in pregnancy here.

Are you suffering from anxiety and panic attacks in pregnancy

Smoking and pregnancy

If you’ve just found out you’re pregnant and have been smoking, try not to worry. If you stop smoking now it will make a big difference to your and your baby’s health. We understand it’s a challenge to quit, but there’s lots of help and support out there for you.

Get help to stop smoking.

The risks from secondhand smoke are also high. You might be surprised to learn that 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and doesn’t smell. This means that if a smoker in your household quits, the benefits to you and your baby are huge, similar to when you stop yourself.

If you’re worried about the amount of secondhand smoke you may be taking in, you can ask your midwife for a Carbon Monoxide (CO) test.

Sources

  1. You and your baby at 0–8 weeks pregnant, NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-4-5-6-7-8.aspx (Page last reviewed: 28/02/2017. Next review due: 28/02/2020).
  2. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape
  3. NHS Smokefree. Secondhand smoke, http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/secondhand-smoke (Accessed 25/06/2018 No review dates)
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  • By Lih (not verified) on 5 Mar 2019 - 07:52

    Hi
    I had a miscarriage on the 21st of January 2019. No period in February and pregnancy symptoms but negative pregnancy test. Then in March 2 my period came but not heavy as it used to. I decided to go to a scan and the doctor saw something but not sure. He advised me to do a scan again after 2 weeks. What exactly could be happening?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Mar 2019 - 12:27

    Hi - Thank you for your message.
    I am sorry to hear about your miscarriage in January - I hope you had good supportive care during such a difficult time.
    Without access to the scan notes and details, it is hard to advise what you doctor is thinking and why you are being scanned again in 2 weeks.
    Please discuss with your doctor your concerns.

  • By Santanu Majumder (not verified) on 4 Mar 2019 - 18:45

    Really a very helpful article. Provide the best information in 6 weeks pregnant.

  • By Favour (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 - 10:45

    I uses misoprostol for 3weeks pregnancy, and blessed for 1day....then after 3weeks i saw just a little drop of blood.... Am I still pregnant or not?

  • By By anonymous (not verified) on 2 Feb 2019 - 20:20

    Hallo, I need help plz. Am 6weeks pregnant and have done 3 urine pg tests and the results are negative is it normal or should I be worried?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Feb 2019 - 14:58

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.

    If you are meant to be 6 weeks pregnant and you are getting negative pregnancy tests then it would be advisable for your to see your GP who can do a blood test for the pregnancy hormone, this is picked up stronger in a blood test then the urine test. Please make an appointment to see you GP as soon as you can. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Daphney (not verified) on 2 Jan 2019 - 07:14

    Hi my last period was on 23 Novermber 2018 2day is 2 January 2019 and i have not see my period Since there.is that I'm pregnant or what?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Jan 2019 - 15:02

    The only way of knowing if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If your next period has not come when due, then we would suggest taking a test. If you think you may be pregnant or if you are trying for a baby, then we would advise you to be taking a daily folic acid supplement if you are not already.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Feb 2019 - 08:42

    I have not seen my period since last month January, and I have been feeling stomach pain near my private part and also having headache sometimes, I vomit three times last night, am I pregnant?

  • By Titi (not verified) on 30 Dec 2018 - 04:51

    I had two menstruation in September - 15th & 27th 2018. I had non in October. November 1st I started spotting for about 5days before seeing my Dr. I was diagnosed of PID & ovarian cyst which he gave me antibiotics. D spotting stopped on 7th. I started my menstruation on 15th. I expect d next menses by 13th but I spotted around 1st-5th. By 21st I took PT test & it was negative. I went to c my Dr & he told me to com back by 31st. On 27th I started spotting again. I have been feeling nausea but now d spots are a bit much. I'm curious to know if I'm pregnant. Kindly help

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2019 - 16:30

    Dear Titi,
    It is difficult to know therefore I would suggest that you take a pregnancy test to check to see if you are pregnant as this is the only way that you can tell.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Perly Tigoylo (not verified) on 22 Dec 2018 - 03:26

    Is it normal that a fetus stays at the left side and it doesn't seen on my transvaginal, tbe OB said that there is no baby but i am 100% sure now that I am pregnant since the other day, i fee its heart beat ang my left side has it like a. Round. Ligament something, and i feel all the symptoms is it normal that a baby can't be seen at this stage? Because I have a positive result on my pregnancy test

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2019 - 16:27

    Dear Perly,
    Your doctor will be able to see the baby on a scan if you were about 6-7 weeks pregnant. If very early, i.e. before 4 weeks then they may not see the baby properly and would invite you back for another scan, if you continue to have positive pregnancy tests.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Crystal (not verified) on 5 Dec 2018 - 21:16

    I had a miscarriage on May 30th of this year. It is now December and I had my last cycle October 31st. I don't understand why all the tests are negative. Please help

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Dec 2018 - 16:36

    Hi Crystal,
    It is possible that your periods are still a little irregular following your miscarriage. If your period still does not come over the next couple of weeks and you are having negative tests then I would suggest you see your GP for review.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Marie-Pearl (not verified) on 29 Nov 2018 - 09:59

    I had my last period on the 20th october and the next was to start on the 17th November. Around the 17 November i started feeling cramps like it was my period but nothing until today the 29 November. The cramps are on and off and i have sore nipples, i feeli bloated can it be pregnancy?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Nov 2018 - 12:14

    Hi Marie-Pearl,
    The only way of knowing if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If your next period has not come when due, then we would suggest taking a test. If you think you may be pregnant or if you are trying for a baby, then we would advise you to be taking a daily folic acid supplement if you are not already.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By chi chi (not verified) on 2 Mar 2019 - 21:15

    same with me too; I was suppose to see my period on the 14 feb 2019, but It didn't show up I was having cramps like it was my period but no period suddenly I started having sored nipple 3 days passed still no period but still cramping. so I took urine test the note of on d 3rd day it came out positive. so go take a test

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 16 Nov 2018 - 14:28

    I have had 5 faint positive tests all symptoms of pregnancy my last period was 5th Oct my stomach is getting larger and I'm sure I can feel fluttering is this normal ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Nov 2018 - 15:55

    Hi,
    In very early pregnancy your stomach will not getting getting larger due to the baby growing however you may be feeling bloated which is very normal. Try to eat healthily and exercise to help with this. Again in the early few weeks, it is not possible to feel the baby move, so again it is likely to be trapped wind. If you are not already, then do try to start taking a daily folic acid supplement and register your pregnancy with maternity services.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Patricia (not verified) on 7 Nov 2018 - 04:06

    I am 5 weeks pregnant. I took ibuprofen and coke for 2 days now and yet I am still not bleeding (my friends told me this is an effective way to miscarriage). We don't have any mifepristone or cytotec because it is illegal in our country. I cannot go to the clinic because they don't honor abortion. Can you give any advice on how to abort the fetus?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Nov 2018 - 15:42

    Hi Patricia,
    I am really sorry to hear that you have found yourself in this position. I am afraid we cannot advise about how to abort the fetus at home, it is not safe and can leave to further complications. I under in your country you are unable to get a legal abortion, looking forward it is important you can get some help and support through this.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Jessica (not verified) on 9 Oct 2018 - 15:03

    Hi, I am 45 years, I had my tubes tied in 2002, few years later I got divorced. In july this year I remarried, I had 3 normal periods. My period was due on the 24th September which has not come yet, passed 3 weeks I have dizziness,swollen feet, lower back pain, tummy cramps, gas, an a huge tummy, tummy is just bloating, also lots of white discharge To add to it, a high bp problem, I have been to a gynae last week, he did a scan an said I had fibroids in my uterus, I had fibroids during my previous pregnancy but not these symptoms. What should I do, I cant stand long on my feet.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2018 - 11:32

    Hi Jessica, Thank you for your comment.

    It would be advisable to go back and see your Dr and tell them about your symptoms. Tubal ligation is over 99% effective at preventing a pregnancy but there have been cases where the tubes reattach and women still get pregnant, but this is extremely rare. If your haven't done a pregnancy test, then do one to check for pregnancy, if you aren't pregnant then again please speak to your doctor who will be able to advice you further about the discomfort that you are in. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Becky (not verified) on 24 Sep 2018 - 14:09

    Please need help, my period in July and august came 2days each. Have done urine test showing negative, blood also negative am really confused. But I keep have this movement and the right side of my Tommy breast pain, tiredness, piecing on my leg, waist pain and head ache. Advise please

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Sep 2018 - 14:42

    With repeated negative pregnancy tests it is unlikely that you are pregnant. Please see your GP to discuss these other symptoms.

  • By Bella (not verified) on 22 Sep 2018 - 10:04

    Hello,
    When I was 4 weeks 4 days pregnant I had two episodes of pink spotting, then the next day bit heavier and red/brown but only when I wiped after passing urine this continued for 4 days (on the Sunday day 4 I woke up and felt all symptoms had gone and I didn’t feel pregnant anymore) Sunday evening through to tues I was bleeding heavier with clots but not soaking pads like a period but with clots, this then slowed down and finally all stopped this Thursday. Friday I was back being exhausted and cramps again and nausea. My boobs hurt but not like they did before. I think I have had a miscarriages (I did see my gp who said I just had to wait and see) any advice?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Sep 2018 - 14:39

    Hi Bella,
    I would do another pregnancy test. If you have miscarried this should be a negative result by now. Take care x

  • By Debrah moraa (not verified) on 23 Jul 2018 - 17:15

    I am 6 weeks pregnant..I just observed white things growing around my virgina .is it normal?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jul 2018 - 15:03

    Hi Debrah
    It would be sensible to go to see your GP/Nurse fairly urgently to get these white spots checked. You may require treatment for them so please get seen urgently.
    All the best
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Mikua (not verified) on 22 Jul 2018 - 09:39

    Hi, I tend to experience cramps on my left lower abdomen when I have the urge to ease myself. Was so bad I saw my GP for a scan to experience rule out ectopic. Thank God it wasn't but I still do get dem. What can I do

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Jul 2018 - 15:01

    Hi Mikua
    Please get your midwife/doctor to check your urine as you may be experiencing a urinary tract infection. Any abdominal pain, at any gestation, should be reviewed by a doctor or midwife urgently.
    Please take good care of yourself
    Sophie,Tommys Midwife

  • By Roseline innocent (not verified) on 12 Jul 2018 - 21:29

    Please i pregnancy symptoms last may a week after my menses and then when it was time for my menses it got delayed but when it came it didn't flow well last month and this month too but i have been having waist pain and sometimes breast pain, please am worried could i b pregnant or is something else, i have done urine test and it came out negative.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jul 2018 - 13:51

    Hi Roseline,
    I would advise for you to repeat your pregnancy test if it as been a few weeks since you took one. If you continue to have a negative test and your period does not come and these symptoms continue then do call your doctor to be reviewed.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Lorraine (not verified) on 5 Jul 2018 - 19:17

    I keep getting dull aches in my lower back could that be a sign of early miscarriage

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Jul 2018 - 16:12

    Hi Lorraine,
    Some lower back aching can be very normal in pregnancy, we would advise for you just to keep an eye on it, you can use a hot water bottle if this helps and do some regular gentle exercise to help. If the aching becomes painful or you have any bleeding then do speak with your GP or A+E if out of hours.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 1 Jul 2018 - 14:02

    I missed my period for 13 days. Within those days, I took 2 HCG pregnancy tests and both came out faint positive line. Am I pregnant?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Jul 2018 - 14:49

    Yes. A faint positive line is confirmation that the pregnancy hormone hCG is detected in your urine

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 13 Jun 2018 - 00:19

    Hi I’m looking for some advice,my last period was on the 24th April 2018, i track my periods and ovulation on an app which I’ve used since 2014, I’ve never missed a period and never late, by my calendar I was fertile from the 8-14 may, ovulating on the 13th. I had sex on the 12th. I am currently 17 days late. I’ve done 3 hpt and all negative, I have been feeling a little nauseous on a night time before bed, and have had slight cramps on and off for a while, since my period was due on the 27th may. should I go to the doctors? If so how long should i wait and any idea if theses are signs of pregnancy or am I just late?
    Thanks any advice would be great.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jun 2018 - 13:14

    Hi
    Yes, please go to the Dr's. They may need to do a blood test to test if a urine pregnancy test is negative but you are still not seeing your period.
    If you aren't pregnant, then the GP (after review), may choose to send you for a gynecology review if they are concerned about anything.
    All the best
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Happy at 37 (not verified) on 28 Apr 2018 - 00:09

    Hi, I have just been confirmed that I am 6 weeks and 6 days pregnant. I had started a new fitness class and diet plan before I found out, which is about 1300 calories a day, low carb, high protein. The exercises are high cardio. Can I still continue with this for a few more weeks or should I stop?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Apr 2018 - 10:27

    Hi, There are a few things for you to consider. Exercise is not dangerous for your baby but please make sure that your fitness instructor knows that you are pregnant. As a general rule you should be able to hold a conversation when exercising and if you find that you are getting exhausted you should slow down. Pregnancy symptoms like nausea and sickness may prohibit you. It is also important to keep well hydrated particularly if the temperature is high. if you have any concerns please speak to your midwife or doctor. Take care

  • By jenny (not verified) on 24 Apr 2018 - 18:04

    Am six weeks pregnant. Am having drops without pain scan doctor asked me to b on bed rest am afraid cos I don't want to lose my baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Apr 2018 - 16:27

    Hi Jenny,
    Thank you for your comment. It is very understandable that you are anxious at this time, but feel reassured that spotting can be common in early pregnancy and the pregnancy progresses normally with no given explanation for the bleeding. If your bleeding becomes heavier or you have any abdominal pain then please see your doctor again or call your early pregnancy unit. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Tina (not verified) on 14 Apr 2018 - 09:11

    My last period was on 15th march 2018,had sex on 23rd march and on 31st march.Been feeling tired,breathless,hungrier,bloated and passing gas.Then last week on the 10th of april,i went a pregnancy blood test and it came out positive. Now it seems my symptoms are reducing,sometimes i feel them sometimes i don't,the only symptoms that are steady are headache,sorethroat and this metallic taste in my tongue.Please is it normal??

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Apr 2018 - 10:27

    It isn't possible to diagnose a pregnancy based on your symptoms. Some women have symptoms and some have none. I would suggest that you do another pregnancy test as it was very early on the 10th April. According to your dates your period was due on 13th April.

  • By Kaysi (not verified) on 8 Apr 2018 - 00:54

    Hi, I am 6 weeks pregnant when I noticed the signs and started to conclude that I am pregnant. I am worried now because on my early weeks, i have been out socially with friends and drinking light beers and white wines, and I am a consistent Grande coffee drinker everyday morning and sometimes more during the afternoon. Yesterday, I had a TransV and showed that the baby is too early to see and still inside the sac.
    Is there a reason for me to worry? Thank you so much.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Apr 2018 - 16:14

    Hi Kaysi, This is in fact really common and the best advice is that you change your lifestyle from now onwards. Very glad that you have accessed our website. You can follow us on facebook too for regular updates and fun pregnancy facts. Take care and Best wishes

  • By TesniBora (not verified) on 24 Dec 2018 - 07:35

    Dear Kaysi, Thanks for your concern for your unborn baby concerning your drinking and eating habits. It’s not your fault that you didn’t know you were pregnant until now and drank like you would normally. Blaming yourself won’t help you or your family and baby. Sometimes babies do have birth defects when in utero from caffeine and alcohol but not always. The important part is that you know now you stop doing it now before anymore damage is done. There are resources out there even if your child ends up on the fetal alcohol spectrum somewhere. Early detection and diagnosis is very helpful and important. Sometimes symptoms aren’t even apparent right at birth. Sometimes symptoms aren’t obvious until as early as 2-13 years old depending upon how much the child was cognitively affected by the amount of alcohol or caffeine consumed. I’m copying a link about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and (FAS) fetal alcohol syndrome (which is on the severe end of the spectrum) as a source of information and assistance/guidance for you if you should end up needing it. I really hope your child comes and develops more typically without any of the struggles and problems that children/people who do have FASD and FAS do. Good luck and best wishes to you! https://www.nofas.org/

  • By Viviana (not verified) on 18 Mar 2018 - 19:32

    Hi, I'm 18 years old and this is my first pregnancy I took a test 2 days ago and the line came out really light, does this indicate that I am a few weeks pregnant?

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