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Fetal development at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Fetal development at 6 weeks of gestation, corresponds to 2 months of pregnancy, is marked by the development of the central nervous system, which now presents an opening on the brain and the base of the spine properly closed.

At 6 weeks of pregnancy it is possible for women to present the first symptoms of pregnancy that may be breast tension, tiredness, cramps, sleepiness and some nausea in the morning, but if you have not yet discovered that you are pregnant, these signs and symptoms may go unnoticed, however, if you have noticed that your period is late, a pregnancy test is recommended.

If you present severe colics or severe pelvic pain on more than one side of your body, you should contact your doctor, so that he can do an ultrasound to see if the embryo is inside the uterus or if it is an ectopic pregnancy.

At 6 weeks' gestation the embryo can not always be seen, but this does not necessarily mean that you are not pregnant, you may be pregnant for fewer weeks, and it is still too small to be seen on the ultrasound.

Baby's development

Although at 6 weeks of pregnancy the embryo is very small, it develops very fast. The heart rate is most easily observed on an ultrasound, but blood circulation is very basic, with the tube forming the heart sending blood to the whole body.

The lungs will take almost all of the pregnancy to be properly formed, but this week begins their development. A small shoot of lung emerges from the esophagus and the baby's mouth, forming a trachea that divides into two branches that will form the right and left lung.

Size of the fetus at 6 weeks' of pregnancy

The size of the fetus at 6 weeks' gestation is approximately 4 millimeters.

Pictures of a fetus at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Fetal development at 6 weeks of pregnancy
Fetal development at 6 weeks of pregnancy

Changes that occur in a woman's body at 6 weeks' of pregnancy

At 6 weeks of pregnancy, normally belly growth isn't observed, but the urge to urinate may be more frequent and this is because the blood is being pumped in greater quantity, and when it is filtered in the kidneys, it produces more urine.

As the uterus grows, it presses into the bladder, which doesn't let it expand as it did before, and the feeling of having a full bladder happens earlier. If you feel pain or burning while you urinate, talk to your doctor because you may have a urinary tract infection, which should be treated with medication.

If you are still not taking folic acid, it is good to start taking it as it is essential for the development of the baby's nervous system. The obstetrician may prescribe only folic acid or a combination of folic acid with iron to prevent anemia in pregnancy, which is very common.

It is also important to watch your diet and increase the consumption of foods rich in folic acid such as beans, orange, lentils and spinach, and also foods rich in iron to improve blood production, reducing fatigue and the risk of anemia. Good examples are meats in general.

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