06 Jan 6 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week
You’re 6 weeks pregnant today and that little love bug is the size of a blueberry!! CUTIE! Is anyone else amazed at how fast this little nugget is growing? Chia seed to Poppy seed to Peppercorn to BLUEBERRY?! I mean, I know every parent thinks their kids is great, but my kid, y’all, is GREAT! #proud
This is the week that most women’s symptoms go from “Am I really pregnant?” to full-fledged “I’m a walking, talking pregnancy hormone”. If you still don’t feel sick, don’t worry. Some women never feel sick a day in their pregnancy.
If you do, I’m with ya, girl.
How am I feeling? Super excited, but dang I’m not feeling so hot. I crave… I mean CRAVE spicy Mediterranean food from this local place called The Halal Guys. Like, it’s the only thing I want to eat and I dream about it… like FOR THE LOVE SOMEONE GET ME SOME HALAL FOOD NOW! The people there see my husband or me walk in and I know they’re like “Okay… these guys are up to something. NO ONE eats this food that much.” Well I do. And baby says “thank you.” I’ve been trying to remain as active as I was before this pregnancy, between spin class and my personal trainer, but my workouts are already starting to become harder and harder. I forgot how hard it is to work out in the first trimester. It’s like you hit a wall within the first 5 minutes of the workout and it gets harder with every push. I try to give myself grace and stop and rest frequently, but DANG. So, that’s it. I’m tired, cramping, nauseous, tingly-boobed, exhausted, bloated, craving food and back-achey [and I’m only 6 weeks and 6 days now]. How are you doing?
6 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:
The heartbeat can be detected during an ultrasound exam at about 6 weeks of pregnancy. Your baby’s heartbeat can range from 100 beats per minute up to 170! Myth debunked: the variability in heartbeat range is not telling of the baby’s gender. There are other, more accurate, tools to determine your baby’s gender. Your doctor’s office may offer testing as early as 10 weeks to find this out! Between 6 to 8 weeks is usually when your doctor schedule’s you for your first ultrasound but if you are experiencing any bleeding or concerning cramping, or if you feel you are high risk, call your doctor sooner.
6 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:
I’m sick. I’m so, SO sick. Like… I went to Napa Valley and the smell of wine makes me sick. I’m lucky enough that I still don’t have to run to the restroom, but I can tell you that I sit in a constant state of “holy cow I feel terrible” all. day. long. In my last pregnancy, week 6 was when I just started feeling sick. This time, however, I’m 3 weeks in and starting to freak out because I do NOT see the light at the end of the tunnel. AT ALL. It’s starting to get into my head, y’all [see the very bottom of this post for how I talk myself through the doubts and anxiety of feeling sick for so long and knowing I have far to go].
The exhaustion, for me, is what I think makes the nausea worse. Just walking up a flight of stairs makes me feel the need to sit down. I went to a spin class and struggled so badly through it that I started crying. CRYING. I’m such a loser. Speaking of crying, I cry at everything now. During the inspirational part of that class, the instructor talked about gratitude and then I started crying again because I realized I should be grateful for this pregnancy instead of frustrated at my body’s inability to do what it used to do. My poor, male instructor was probably concerned that I am going through a crisis…
No, but seriously… and I need this advice more than anyone… give yourself some grace. YOU ARE GROWING A FREAKING HUMAN, YOU AMAZING GODDESS OF STRENGTH AND LIFE, YOU! So make sure you take care of yourself and look at yourself as the incredible woman that you are – capable of creating life, itself. Hormones or not, to carry a baby is a blessing and a gift from above and it’s time that I get myself an attitude change and suck it up.
But first, an egg role and a donut.
What are you feeling [besides all the other symptoms]?
Welcome back to 7th grade! The increase in crazy hormones can lead your skin to do some funky stuff! You may be noticing a change in your skin – for better or for worse, depending on you. Last pregnancy, I could not stop the breakouts. I had to go and buy a face wash for acne! This time, I have a couple of friends on my chin that just stick around and my skin is noticeably drier in other areas. Isn’t pregnancy funny? Skin issues should clear up after the 1st trimester, so don’t get down about it! You’re growing a human!
It’s surprising how early this happens, but yes, with an increase in your blood and hormones, you may be feeling the urge to go – often. This will subside for a bit and then increase again when baby is big and fat and stepping on your bladder. Staying hydrated is so important, but doesn’t help with this!
Increased blood in your body and hormones can lead to headaches. This is a symptom I had more with my last pregnancy, so I’m thankful for that! Ask your doctor what is safe for you to take to manage this symptom. Once again, hydration and rest can go a long way!
How to Survive this week:
Give yourself some grace and rest when you can. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink lots of water. Eat what you can stomach and eat often if you can. While the symptoms of pregnancy can be brutal, I’m honestly thankful for them. It’s like a little reminder that my body is doing something amazing and that my sweet baby is still there and not a figment of my imagination! If you’re struggling through fatigue and nausea, try and think that way. I swear it helps!
Get ready for your first prenatal appointment, which should be coming up in the next week or two. Once you hear that heartbeat, it’ll all feel real. For now, just bask in the fact that you’re pregnant and that one day, your little blueberry will call you “Mommy.”
1st Trimester Resources
Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your first trimester: