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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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Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
  • By Nelo (not verified) on 12 Sep 2019 - 00:01

    Hello, I am 5weeks plus 4days pregnant. For almost three days now I usually have this pain (bite) in my tummy. The pain last like 5 Minutes and goes off once I start walking around, take some liquid. And this pain always appear only in the night with mild cramping. What could be the possible cause of this stomach bite and how do I deal with the situation. Pls reply ASAP

  • By Lauren (not verified) on 21 Aug 2019 - 21:06

    I’m 6weeks 5 days and today I had lower back pain on my left side, the pain was so intense and sharp that I felt like I may actually throw up. I applied a hot water bottle and the pain subsided after 30 mins.

    I’ve had some cramping on and off from left of my abdomen since then so I’m not sure if they are connected.

    Should I be worried at all?

  • By Ntlhari (not verified) on 10 Aug 2019 - 16:43

    Hi, i had a miscarriage at 12weeks on the 9th of June 2019 and i saw a much lighter than usual period on the 7th of july, today is the 10th of august and i have not yet seen my period. My breasts are fuller and heavier, im always hungry,tired and feel nausea. My cervix feels so low and firm.Last week i took a pregnancy test and it was negative, can a pregnancy test be negative while you are almost 5weeks pregnant?

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Aug 2019 - 12:07

    I am 6 weeks pregnant and yesterday I was bleeding and today I woke up with morning sickness for the first time. I am worried because I havnt had sickness at all until after I started bleeding is this a sight of miscarriage?

  • By Jude (not verified) on 25 Jun 2019 - 16:58

    This is my 3rd pregnancy in a year and I’m currently 5 weeks and 5 days. I’ve had 2 previous miscarriages and 9 and 12 weeks and I’m really strughling with the anxiety I’m feeling. I know my body and with all 3 pregnancies the symptoms started strong and now I’m analysing every time i don’t feel as bad as that’s what happened the last times. I have a scan booked at 7 weeks thanks to Tommy’s, but that’s not for 2 weeks yet. How do I cope and prepare myself for the worst in the meantime?

  • By Alisha (not verified) on 17 Jun 2019 - 11:23

    Feeling fluttering at the bottom of my stomach 2 weeks after period has gone off what could that be? It can’t possibly be pregnancy that early right?

  • By Akuande (not verified) on 2 Jun 2019 - 07:33

    am 10 weeks so been spotting with no pain,so i went to see the Doctor who concluded that the baby is no more,and i should go to the hospital for womb scrub but i refused and went to anothr doctor who checked me and said the baby is fine but he did some more tests (HCG) and i am waitibg dor the results, i am so scared this is my first pregnancy ever so is there anyone maybe who once had the same?

  • By Antoinette Rogers (not verified) on 25 Jun 2019 - 05:09

    Hello I went through something a bit similar. I went to the er because of spotting and cramping at 9 weeks pregnant the Doctors told me I was basically going to miscarry because they did a ultrasound and vaginal ultrasound as well and they both showed just a empty sac. The doctors told me to just let the miscarriage happen naturally and come straight to Er soon as it happened. So I went home and waited weeks later I was getting bigger and felt sicker I went back around 14 weeks for them to say there was a baby and she was growing this entire time she was just to small at first to notice on the ultrasounds. I now have a beautiful healthy soon to be 4 year old.

  • By Kashmir (not verified) on 10 May 2019 - 05:49

    IM very confused, the doctor said my Baby is no heart beat and I need to do raspa operation to remove the Baby but until now I feel breast tenderness like normal pregnant. I Really my Baby still Alive but they said in this age if the Baby have no heart beat it means IM miscarriGe I Got bleed but Not too much and its stop. What to do I dont wait to do this operation unless IM really sure that my Baby is totally nothing. I do transvaginal ultrasound but the result is the same in the 1st ultra sound my Baby is no heart beat but until now I feel really pregnant. What I Will do I dont believe them T-T

  • By Jenny (not verified) on 13 May 2019 - 04:04

    I'm sorry to hear that. If there is no heartbeat up to 2nd opinion I think it is best to follow your OB's instruction as it may affect your health if you refuse. It is possible that you still feel pregnant because your hormones have not returned back to normal.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 May 2019 - 17:22

    If you are having a miscarriage your hormones level should be dropping like crazy. I was about 4 and some weeks and had a miscarriage and that was the first sign they seen

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 May 2019 - 01:35

    My periods Are late for 10 days what should I do

  • By Lynn Nemaisa (not verified) on 3 May 2019 - 06:54

    I went for a scan at 6w 2 days and nothing was seen on a scan jus a gustation sac

    Is it health?? Or will i see it on a later stage

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 16 May 2019 - 16:14

    when I was pregnant for my first baby the doc didn't see him at 9weeks and suggested evacuation but I refused and never went back, when I checked at 3months my son was ok

  • By Allie (not verified) on 1 May 2019 - 20:32

    hi, so i had 2 periods this month and they were a little lighter than normal. i am usually regular and my flow is medium. i had unprotected sex on march 13th, 2019 and i am on the pill. i am super tired a lot. could i be pregnant?

  • By Naila (not verified) on 30 Apr 2019 - 20:28

    My lady doctor told me that also after 6 week, you hv very little spot of a baby inside you than a normal size. It should be bigger than this size. She said also its not normal. You should be worried about this. What should i do to growth of this spot

  • By karimat (not verified) on 29 Apr 2019 - 19:07

    am i had a strip test and it confirmed i was pregnant but i dont feel any other symptoms other than sore painful breasts and i have dizzy spells often, am weak and sleep alot. no spotting and nausea yet. is it normal

  • By Lizzy (not verified) on 17 Apr 2019 - 17:36

    Hi, I just took a preg scan and scan revealed that its 6 weeks n 2 days existing with myoma. I'm bleeding though scan shows that foetus is OK. Please advise me what can I do

  • By piper (not verified) on 4 Apr 2019 - 12:35

    hi, I have a confirmed pregnancy at ultrasound, I am now 6 weeks and 5 days, but I have no morning sikness or nausea. My abdomen alao feels lighter than last weeks, no mild cramps, no spoting. My brest feels big but not very tender..
    I had a local anestesia for an eye surgery 8 days ago and since then I had to put corticosteroids in one eye.. I’m concerned that all these might have harmed somehow the pregnancy.
    Do you think might be a reason of concern?
    Thank you very much!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Apr 2019 - 15:10

    Hi - Thank you for your message.
    Not all women experience all of the pregnancy symptoms you have mentioned in your message, it varies and some women do not feel any different at all in early pregnancy.
    Please discuss with your doctor your concerns over any medication you are taking for your eye surgery.

  • By Ivy (not verified) on 29 Mar 2019 - 10:02

    Hi
    I really not sure im pregnant i misse my period january since my past pregnancy having spotting i have 15 yr old daughter i observe when im too bz working im confuse isnt period or spotting since it last 1 day last feb but delay almost 2 week and also this month same 1 day period or spooting
    Pls help my belly seems like 3 month or 4 month coming starting january
    My regular period start 5th or 10th day of the month
    Pls help ia m pregnant?

  • By Kristen (not verified) on 4 May 2019 - 04:54

    Ivy,
    If you're as far along as you think you may be, the only way to know is to test. Go to the dollar store and buy one. No need to buy a fancy one that says yes or no. The one I paid a dollar plus tax for worked just fine. Two lines means pregnant.

  • By Grace (not verified) on 25 Mar 2019 - 13:27

    Hi! I am 11 days late. I took a pregnancy test 3 days after a missing period and it was negative. I have tender breats now and then and mild cramps on my lower back and stomach. Today I am 11days late. Can I be pregnant? Should I take another test? I don't have any other pregnancy symptoms.

  • By Keisha (not verified) on 24 Mar 2019 - 12:03

    Hi I was late on my period for 6 days took two hpt with faint positive line on day 7 my period came am I experiencing a miscarriage, should go see a gyn to confirm please help lot of slime but no clots.

  • By Elizabeth (not verified) on 21 Mar 2019 - 11:30

    I am Elizabeth I have not felt good for days feeling sick ,dizzy and I have put weight on can u tell me wats wrong with me please

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2019 - 12:20

    Hi - Thank you for your comment.
    If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant and feeling unwell, you should visit your GP.
    If you are unsure if you are pregnant, you need to carry out a pregnancy test on the day your period is due to determine if you are or not.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 19 Mar 2019 - 17:50

    I am six weeks pregnant and I am having pain at my back without bleeding what could that be

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Mar 2019 - 11:01

    Hi there, you should visit your GP who can dipstick your urine as you may have a UTI, which might need antibiotic treatment. This can cause lower back pain as one of many symptoms. Please take good care of yourself, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Cb (not verified) on 17 Mar 2019 - 17:38

    I've taken 2 clear blue tests(1 showing I could be around 5 weeks) last week and 3 lower value tests - ALL POSITIVE :)
    I feel low in energy, smells off, but not sickness, just low tummy cramping now and again.
    I'm worrying too much I think, but trying not too as I know everyone is different?
    I've not been to the doctors yet and not sure how soon to go?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Mar 2019 - 10:59

    Hi CB. Make an appointment to see your GP for a review in the next week or so and then if all is well, then they will refer for your 12 week scan and midwife booking appt around 8 weeks gestation. All the best, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Cb (not verified) on 21 Mar 2019 - 20:08

    Went to the early pregnancy unit yesterday, had both internal and tummy scan, 5weeks5days, only the yolk and sac could be seen, no heartbeat yet. Another app booked for 2 weeks for another scan - they said it's normal that the heartbeats not fully shown yet. They also found 2 'simple' cysts on my left ovary which she said should dye down and shouldn't be an issue? X

  • By Lynda (not verified) on 15 Mar 2019 - 14:08

    Hi i am 6 wks pregnant but have abdominal pain and lower back pain and have some spotting aswell it only appears when i wipe myself after going for a wee could this be a sign of a miscarriage as have had miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy before i am really worried

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Mar 2019 - 10:56

    Hi Lynda. If you are still experiencing abdominal pain,back pain and spotting since you sent this message and have not been seen by a doctor, please do be seen as soon as you can. Please take good care of yourself, Tommy's midwife

  • 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

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