Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 6 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 6 weeks
By the time you're 6 to 7 weeks pregnant, there's a large bulge where the heart is and a bump at the head end of the neural tube. This bump will become the brain and head.
The embryo is curved and has a tail, and looks a bit like a small tadpole. The heart can sometimes be seen beating on a vaginal ultrasound scan at this stage.
The developing arms and legs become visible as small swellings (limb buds). Little dimples on the side of the head will become the ears, and there are thickenings where the eyes will be.
By now, the embryo is covered with a thin layer of see-through skin.
You at 6 weeks
It's normal to feel a range of emotions in pregnancy and everyone's experience is different.
A healthy diet in pregnancy, having foods that are nutritious and safe to eat, is important for the wellbeing of you and your baby.
Stopping smoking when you're pregnant is one of the most important things you can do for your baby's wellbeing.
Ask your midwife, GP or pharmacist for advice and the details of your nearest NHS stop smoking service.
Things to think about
All women are entitled to:
- free NHS prescriptions in pregnancy
- free NHS dental treatment in pregnancy, if you're pregnant when you start your dental treatment
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022