Week 6



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Your sense of smell might be stronger, and ordinary smells might make you feel sick. It’s the same with your appetite and sense of taste. Watch out for dizzy spells – if you’re feeling faint, make sure you sit down.

And if you have any bleeding or cramping, call your doctor or midwife.

Looking after yourself and baby

This is a very important time for your baby’s development, but it’s a time when many women don’t know they’re pregnant.

If there’s any chance you could be pregnant, check with your GP that any medications you’re taking are OK for your baby. Stop taking any harmful drugs, stop drinking alcohol and stop smoking.

Eating healthy foods and taking a folic acid supplement are also important, as well as avoiding some foods that can make you sick and harm your baby.

Your baby

Overall, your baby looks a bit like a tadpole, and is about 5mm from head to tail. On an ultrasound (not usually done at this stage), baby looks like a tiny bright dot, with its heart beating really quickly and rhythmically.

Here are some other key developments:

  • Baby’s heart has begun to beat – about 24 days after conception.
  • Small buds are appearing at the top and bottom of the embryo – these will become your baby’s arms and legs.
  • The neural tube closes over the brain and bottom of the spinal cord.

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