If you feel like your moods are changing faster than the amount of chocolate in your stash, congratulations! You may just be 6 weeks pregnant.
Partly due to the fact that estrogen and progesterone are having a power struggle inside you, and partly due to the fact that, um… this is BIG deal, you’re legitimately feeling a kaleidoscope of feelings that range on the spectrum from ecstasy to terror, and everything in-between.
While still very much in your first trimester, at 6 weeks pregnant, this is no longer a drill. You’ve likely told one or two people, had at least one weird food craving, and started to dream about what this means for the rest of your life. You also may have been introduced to the wonderful world of morning sickness and are developing uncanny abilities to sniff out smells from what feels like light years away.
But it’s all worth it! (Promise.) Because there are some truly mind-blowing things happening in that belly:
What should I expect at 6 weeks pregnant?
6 week fetus
Your baby is about half as long as long as an aspirin, about 60 times as tall as a piece of paper and about one-six-hundred-fiftieth the length of a Volkswagen beetle. At six weeks, that little fetus is coming in at a whopping 0.55 to 0.64 centimeters long. My, how they’ve grown.
Also, and listen to this one:
There’s a heartbeat!
You can also start to make out tiny marks that will one day be your baby’s facial features, and your little fish is starting to develop a backbone in the guise of a tail. (First ever Halloween costume. Clever child.)
So that’s your itsy bitsy little fetus, but what about you? Ya know, the infrastructure keeping this whole operation standing?
6 weeks pregnant symptoms
While we cannot stress enough that every experience is different – as in some women experience no symptoms at all – there are some common ones to look out for. Knowing what these are can, if nothing else, allow you to feel a little less alone as you navigate this pretty crazy experience.
Some common 6 weeks pregnant symptoms include:
- Ye olde crampy cramps. Look there’s some serious renovation work inside going on in that uterus to make room for this new guest of yours. This is going to come with some growing pains. (If the pains are severe or accompanied by a fever and an upset stomach, get to your doc, of course.)
- Mood swings.
- You’re sick to your stomach. Yes, the first trimester comes with that old favorite: morning sickness. Nausea, vomiting, fun, fun, fun. Dry crackers and bananas are lovely items to have in your snackbox.
- Mood swings.
- You’re pooped. Totally okay to be feeling fatigued at this point. The fact that a few weeks ago you could accomplish double in your day is just going to have to be okay for now.
- Mood swings.
- You have to pee. All the time.
- Mood swings.
- You may experience some spotting. This is called implantation bleeding and is normal. (Always, always, however: if you’re worried, talk to your healthcare provider.)
- More mood swings.
Finally, here are the answers to two of the most pressing questions that crop around the six week mark:
- Can you have a baby bump at 6 weeks? Can you see pregnancy at 6 weeks? Chances are that you won’t be able to see much of a bump at this point. (Sorry, not quite the time for the preggie belly photoshoot.) For visible proof, a 6 weeks pregnant ultrasound is your best bet. Right now, your belly is not letting on. Poker face.
- What are the chances of miscarriage at 6 weeks? Some good news here – with the little heartbeat a-beating and your baby’s promotion from embryo to fetus at 6 weeks, your chance of a miscarriage drops to about 10%. (It’s important to note however, that the possibility is very much there.)
If you do suffer a miscarriage, reach out for support, to both your circles and to healthcare providers. Miscarriage is sadly still not as much a part of public dialogue as it should be. Know that you’re not alone and that whatever you’re feeling is valid.
This is a time filled with a mix bag of joy, uncertainty, and what may feel like an emotional breakdance going on inside you. (I mean, did you have to cry at the chocolate commercial.) When the feelings come up, let them. Your body is doing a remarkable job right now. Be kind to it. Act with compassion for yourself. You’re pretty damn awe-inspiring for making it here.