At 6 weeks of gestation, it is possible that other people may not even suspect your pregnancy yet. This is because there is no sign of an apparent pregnant belly, as there are in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
It is almost 2 months of gestation until this 6th week and the fetus is still very small. Its size is approximately 4mm (compared to the size of a pomegranate seed).
What happens to 6 weeks of gestation?
The fetus, at 6 weeks of gestation, is a very small embryo, but its development is accelerated. In the ultrasound, it is already possible to notice some structures forming, like the heart bombarding blood, in a rhythmic way (like a drum), for all the regions already developed.
The neural tube, during that week, also begins to close on what will be the spinal cord in the future. There is also the development of small folds of tissue that, throughout pregnancy, will become the child’s cheeks, jaws and chin.
Where the baby’s eyes will be in the future, only black spots can be seen. Although very small and primitive, some structures like arms and legs are beginning to appear.
In pregnant women, some symptoms also appear and become more frequent, such as morning sickness. It is also common for the mother to have greater sensitivity in the breasts, as a consequence of increased blood circulation and increased production of breast cells.
Usually, the first ultrasound happens after the 11th week, when the baby’s development is already a little more advanced. However, after the 5th week it is already possible to schedule the first exam.
Before that, it is not recommended because it is not possible to identify any signs of pregnancy.