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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)
  4. Bustos M, Venkataramanan R, et al (2017) Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy - What's new? Auton Neurosci. 2017 Jan;202:62-72. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2016.05.002. Epub 2016 May 13.
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  • 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 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?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 09:30

    Hi Viviana,
    Any line would be taken as appositive test, regardless of how strong the line is. It does not necessarily indicate how many weeks' pregnant you are. They best way of knowing it is counting the weeks from the first day of your last period. When you have your first scan then they will give you your official due date. If you are not already, we would strongly advise for you to be taking a folic acid supplement and when you are ready see your GP for a referral to maternity services.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwife.

  • By Ann (not verified) on 7 Mar 2018 - 15:15

    Should you continue to. Get positive pregnancy tests all the way until birth?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 7 Mar 2018 - 15:28

    Hi Ann
    Yes, they would continue to be positive as HCG (the pregnancy hormone) is present throughout pregnancy and would be detected.
    All the best
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By lilian (not verified) on 8 Jan 2018 - 10:59

    Please i need advice now on what i wiil do so dat dis miscarriage will be out completely because de scan stiil show dat is not out yet and dis mifepristone tablets200mg was given to me on saturday but am not sure weather is work because am not having any sign or pains.please is anything i can do ?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Jan 2018 - 10:57

    Hi Lilian
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Please contact your early pregnancy assessment unit - where you got your mifepristone tablet from to get another review. They will know your full medical and obstetric history and know how best to proceed. They may need to consider doing a D&C procedure to remove any remaining tissue if this does not come away itself with medical management alone. This is not uncommon. Please see the link below about what a d&c is if you do not already know.
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/miscarriage/what-happens/
    Please feel free to contact us again by email or telephone if you need further support.
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By lilian (not verified) on 5 Jan 2018 - 11:16

    I have a mscarriage on 31th December because dere is no heart beat on de baby after 6weeks still blelliding .Please i need ur advaise to be save and sound .thanks.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jan 2018 - 16:41

    Hi,
    I am so sorry to hear that you have recently had a miscarriage. If you are still bleeding after six weeks and this has been continuous then it would be a good idea to be reviewed by your GP to make sure that the miscarriage is complete and no tissue is remaining especially if you are having any pain or feeling unwell. If the bleeding had stopped and now returned it maybe that it is your period, therefore this should only last about 5-7 days. If you are unsure then do ring the GP or early pregnancy unit for advice.
    Take care x

  • By anonmyous (not verified) on 28 Dec 2017 - 20:10

    Am 6 weeks and 3 days today and i was conceive through ivf and when i want to a scan on Saturday de Gyno said that dere is no heart beat yet so am very scared. Please i need your advice. thanks.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2018 - 10:41

    Hii there. I do hope that you are ok after the Dr found no heartbeat present at scan. please feel free to email us on [email protected] if you need any further advice or support.
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By linda (not verified) on 22 Dec 2017 - 09:27

    Last few months I lost a baby at 12weeks an now am pregnant again but I started spotting at 5weeks when I went to see my doctor she did scan I found out there is bleeding in the sac but the baby is fine I was advised to rest with some drugs now the spotting has stopped but am worried if my baby is still there.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2018 - 10:44

    Hi Linda
    I hope you are doing ok after your msg back on 22nd dec 2017.We closed from 22nd Dec 2017- Tues 2nd Jan 2018. If you need to talk through anything, please feel free to email us at [email protected]
    Take care of yourself
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Dec 2017 - 19:07

    I just hv a feeling of pregnancy bcs i don't know if i am or not
    I had sexual intercourse on the 29th of October n saw my periods on the 11 november which was not my normal period day and i decided to take a test on the 27 November, the test came out negative, but m just left with that imaginations of me being pregnant, if i am that means m 6weeks now

    Help if i might be preg or not

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Dec 2017 - 09:12

    Hi there... using 11th Nov as your last menstrual period date, you would only be 3 weeks and 4 days pregnant- so it may have been too early for you to have done a test before. To be certain, you could do another test now. However, if you have not had intercourse at all since the 29th Oct and have seen a period since then on the 11th Nov, then it is not at all likely that you are pregnant. Please take good care of yourself.
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Dec 2017 - 22:23

    no pregnancy symptoms but only brown spotting when I wipe ..pls is this normal I don't want to loose my baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Dec 2017 - 15:20

    Hi, Brown spotting at 6 weeks is not uncommon but if you have back or stomach pain it may be a sign of a miscarriage. Please see your doctor for advice. Best wishes

  • By amy (not verified) on 20 Nov 2017 - 20:15

    Hyatt I had a misscarage in augast I have just found out I am 6 weeks pregnant I had a viganel scan last week and so far so good I'm just worried over pains in my back and I'm suffering with wind what can I take just its very uncomfortable thank you

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Nov 2017 - 09:22

    Hi Amy. Congratulations on your pregnancy.
    Peppermint water, which you can buy from any pharmacy/chemist can help with wind- esp if you drink it mixed in with hot water.
    Having back pain could be a sign of a urine infection, so it is really important that you go to your GP asap to get your urine dip sticked and sent off and for antibiotics to be started if you do have a urine infection. Uti's in pregnancy can cause all sorts of pain and problems, so it is vital that you go asap to be seen and get treated.
    Feel free to contact us again if you need any further help.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 Nov 2017 - 10:58

    I woke up early this morning with agonising pain in my lower left side and abdomen, I went to the bathroom to find I had started spotting, which has now turned into heavy bleeding.
    Is this the start of the end of my pregnancy?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Nov 2017 - 09:33

    Hi there. It is vitally important that if you have severe pain, focused mostly on one side on your abdomen, that you go to seek urgent medical review in A&E now. Having pain on one side, in early pregnancy, can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, where the fetus grows in the Fallopian tube. This is incredibly dangerous to the pregnant woman as it risks rupture and internal bleeding. If you seek review, and the scan reveals that the pregnancy is not ectopic, then there could be many other less ominous causes of this spotting. But it is so important that you rule this one out first! Please get checked out ASAP!
    Look after yourself!

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 11 Nov 2017 - 01:36

    I'm 6week pregnant and some times I feel abdominal pain yeturday I massage my understomach with ice cube now I 'm worried that thing effect my baby growth

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Nov 2017 - 13:45

    Please try not to worry. This would not affect the growth of the baby. It would be a good idea to look at your diet to see if there is anything that is giving you the symptoms of abdominal pain. Sometimes eating smaller portions more regularly can help. Best wishes

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 5 Nov 2017 - 03:47

    Hello my name is Lisa it's 5 weeks I haven't really been feeling any pain also doesn't feel like I'm pregnant is it because I'm still early in my pregnancy. I have aslo notice when it comes eating I can't eat alot amount of food or I will start feeling kinda sick. Is this normal in pregnancy?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Nov 2017 - 14:53

    Hello Lisa
    Yes this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. Just try to eat little and often and drink enough water to keep you well hydrated. Read our page about early pregnancy and you can try some of our delicious recipes.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Nov 2017 - 09:11

    Is it normal to fill acheness and cramps on lower sides and also have been feeling like sickly but not being sick which comes and goes through the day and night also keep waking up at night as change positions to sleep as can’t get that comfortable but find going to the bathroom helps I also feels so tired even wen I slept gud iv got craving for sweet things like short bread cakes and strawberry’s with cream.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Nov 2017 - 11:07

    Hi,
    Feeling some aches and nausea is very common in pregnancy, you do not say how many weeks pregnant you are, however symptoms can come and go during the whole of the pregnancy. Do speak with your midwife about your on going tiredness, again this can be very normal part of pregnancy however it is important to make sure that your iron levels are not too low. I understand you are craving sweet foods however these will make you feel even more tired, so try to snack little and often to keep your blood sugars level and stick to healthy options where possible. If we can support you further then please do email us [email protected]

  • By Elle (not verified) on 2 Nov 2017 - 19:35

    Hi there,

    I have always had problems with my bowels, and Severe IBS symptoms. I am 6 weeks pregnant and I am getting terrible cramps just before and after opening my bowels. It feels like a deep ache and takes 15 -20 minutes to pass.

    I am still waiting for my midwife appointment and I am so worried about this. Please can you help? Thank you x

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Nov 2017 - 10:22

    Hi, sorry to hear that you are suffering so much.
    As a first step we would advise to make sure that your diet is high in fibre with plenty of fruits and vegetables, to drink plenty of water and do regular exercise so to avoid constipation and to make opening your bowels as comfortable as possible.
    Please be reassured that from what you have described, it is very unlikely to be posing a risk to your pregnancy however if this continues and you are concerned then do go and see your GP to be reviewed.
    Take care, Tommy's midwives

  • By Emma (not verified) on 5 Oct 2017 - 09:33

    Hi there. Thanks for this column it's so helpful. Am 6 weeks pregnant and Am wondering what precautions to take to have a safe pregnancy journey. This is my 4th pregnancy and I will be undergoing a 4th C Section.
    Regards from Kenya.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Oct 2017 - 11:12

    Thank you for your comment and that you have found our website helpful-congratulations on your pregnancy!
    I would advise you to book in to your local Maternity unit as soon as possible so that you can have your dating scan and start your pregnancy care. In the UK this would involve an initial booking appointment with a midwife and then regular appointments throughout the pregnancy; I expect there is a similar system in Kenya.
    I have attached a link to information that you may find helpful to have a safe pregnancy; always seek advise as soon as possible if you have any worrying symptoms or concerns at any time.
    www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant

    Take care
    Tommy's Midwife

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