Six Weeks Pregnant

Embryo in the 6th week of pregnancy

Congratulations! You are now halfway through the first trimester. It may seem like the waves of nausea, exhaustion, and other unpleasantries will never end, but just remember: Your body is working hard to create a unique individual.

Major changes occur during week 6; it is no wonder that you feel as if you have no control of your body! Because most of baby's organs and external body parts are beginning to form this week, your body needs to supply baby with plenty of oxygen and nutrients. Now is the time to remind yourself of this process and that it doesn't last forever. Nausea, mood swings, and fatigue are an effect of extreme hormonal changes.

You may also notice some physical changes to your own body. Breast tenderness and heaviness may occur, as well as a darkening of your areola (dark area surrounding the nipple). Weight gain is normal (expect about 5 pounds in the first trimester); however, some women may lose weight due to nausea and vomiting. If sickness is severe, call your physician.