6 Weeks Pregnant
By week 6, your baby is sprouting limb buds where the arms and legs are developing. The heart is now a large bulge, with primitive ventricles and vestibules.
The embryo’s simple circulation connects with the chorion (the outer membrane of the placenta), and there are real blood cells and not only fluid in the vessels.
What to expect at your GP appointment
If you ask your doctor to confirm pregnancy, they may carry out an internal pelvic examination. Hormones present during pregnancy soften the cervical area and uterus and result in more blood being sent to your pelvis. Your cervix and vagina become a bluish-purple colour and your uterus enlarges slightly.
Food for thought
The foods and drinks that you choose during pregnancy have long lasting effects on your baby’s health. Getting the right nutrition can influence your baby’s health, their school performance as children and their risk of developing common adulthood diseases. Iron in your pregnancy is very important, both for you now and for your baby’s long-term development.
Tip of the week
If you have not already done so, now is the time to decide which Antenatal Care you would like. There are many options to choose from: Public Antenatal Care; Semi-Private Antenatal Care; Private Antenatal Care; Community & Domino Scheme; Mid-Wifery Led Units; Home Birth.