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This is happening in the 6th week of pregnancy

by Josephine Andrews
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Do you feel it? Most likely not yet – but your gynecologist will! In the 6th week of pregnancy, the doctor can feel the pregnancy for the first time. The embryo in your womb is developing rapidly. Your hormones are working at full speed and will often turn your everyday life into a roller coaster ride of feelings and sensitivities. Read here what happens in the 6th week of pregnancy: signs of hormonal changes, why you are probably “emotionally normal” and what you can do if nausea is your constant companion.

6th week of pregnancy: Your baby’s development

In the 6th week of pregnancy, your child’s heart beats for the first time. If it is a bit sluggish at first, it will soon accelerate to a brisk 100 to 120 beats per minute. That’s about twice as fast as yours taps.

In general, the embryo in your abdomen develops rapidly in the 6th week of pregnancy. It changes from a “flat UFO”, which it still resembles as an oval embryonic disc in 5 weeks’ gestation, to a “crooked little worm”. The tiny figure already has a bulge at the top, which will later become the head. The mouth opens, the lower jaw and vocal cords take shape. The curved back ends in a kind of tail in the 6th week of pregnancy, but this disappears in the course of further development. Nerve pathways, the inner ear , intestines , lungs , liver , thyroid begin to develop. Stomach and kidneys are already working. They produce gastric juice and urine.

From the abdomen of the embryo, the umbilical cord leads to the chorionic tissue, from which the placenta develops from about the 4th week of pregnancy . It is therefore “connected” to the supply.

6th week of pregnancy Ultrasound: This can be seen

Being 6 weeks pregnant is an exciting time for you as your baby is now clearly in sight. In the 6th week of pregnancy, the embryo is a crooked little worm, about two to four millimeters long, in which the arm and leg systems can already be guessed at. The pulse beat in the blood vessels of the umbilical cord is already recognizable.

Week 6: That changes for you

Party time for the pregnancy hormones! And they know how to celebrate. However, you have the “hangover”: In the 6th week of pregnancy it is likely that you will feel nauseous, tired and exhausted. If you have the impression that your tongue and oral mucosa are swollen, this is not necessarily a sign of illness in this phase, but a “party symptom” – just like a bitter, metallic taste in the mouth .

The hormones HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), estrogen, relaxin and progesterone are particularly active in the 6th week of pregnancy . HCG prevents further ovulation and menstrual bleeding in the 6th week of pregnancy. Estrogen makes the breasts even more sensitive and the areolas darken. Relaxin works in the 6th week of pregnancy to make the connective tissue more elastic. This should make childbirth easier later on. Progesterone relaxes the uterine muscles so your baby feels soft and grows comfortably.

The cervix , on the other hand, becomes significantly firmer and more immobile in the 6th week of pregnancy . In technical jargon, this phenomenon is called “Pschyrembelsches stick-cloth sign” – the first palpable sign of pregnancy by the doctor !

6th week of pregnancy: relieve symptoms

You thought you would dance and sing with joy, but mainly lie on the sofa or kneel in front of the toilet bowl? It’s not pleasant, but nothing to worry about. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and tiredness are quite normal when you are 6 weeks pregnant. To alleviate these unwanted side effects, you can do the following at home:

  • Eat the first meal of the day while lying in bed (e.g. rusks and mint tea or a smoothie). You can either prepare them the night before and put them next to your bed (thermos) or you can appoint your partner to do room service.
  • Eat five small meals throughout the day rather than three large ones.
  • Season your food only a little.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks, acidic juices and raw onions.
  • Eat ginger or drink it as a tea.
  • Consciously allow yourself breaks throughout the day.

Week 6: This is important now

Sad, but a topic that you shouldn’t ignore: even if the fertilization of the egg cell has worked out, there can be problems on the way to the uterus that still prevent pregnancy. In the case of an ectopic pregnancy , for example, the fertilized egg implants itself in the fallopian tube . This happens when the path through the fallopian tube to the uterine cavity is blocked or the egg cell is “stopped”.

At around 95 percent, ectopic pregnancy is by far the most common form of extrauterine pregnancy (EUG), i.e. implantation of the fertilized egg cell outside the uterus. For example, the remaining five percent are due to ovarian or ectopic pregnancy . Altogether, implantation failure (ectopic implantation) of the fertilized egg cell occurs in only about one to two percent of all pregnancies.

The pregnancy test is positive for an ectopic pregnancy, but no amniotic sac can be seen on the ultrasound . In this case, the embryo cannot be carried to term. Because it continues to grow, it can rupture the fallopian tube, which leads to heavy internal bleeding. They need emergency surgery.

So if you feel severe abdominal pain , you should see a doctor immediately. If you want to be absolutely sure, have the gynecologist check you as soon as you are gone to make sure everything is okay.

additional Information

Read more about the topic of ectopic pregnancy in the article  ectopic pregnancy .

Midwife tip

If you experience nausea and vomiting in the 6th week of pregnancy and generally in the first trimester of pregnancy, this is not uncommon. Gentle methods such as homeopathy and acupuncture or acupressure often help. Sometimes the slogan is simply: persevere! The symptoms usually get better from the 12th week of pregnancy, at the latest from the 25th week of pregnancy – even if that now seems far away in the 6th week of pregnancy. Then the hormonal change is complete.

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