6 Weeks Pregnant...
feelin' any symptoms yet?
You are 6 weeks pregnant and by now your baby is about 3 to 5 millimeters in length, the size of a lentil bean and weighs less than 1 gram. Small stumps have appeared on the sides of your baby, but it doesn't look human just yet.
Holes for where the ears will be soon develop, along with the lenses of the eyes. The mouth and jaws develop shortly after that with ten dental buds growing in each jaw.
Two openings in the front mark the spot where the nose will develop.
Blood circulation is evident in your baby's heart. Your baby's heart now has a regular beat, even though it's still too faint to hear it through the doppler.
The kidneys and liver are growing rapidly, and the neural tube (which connects the brain with the spinal cord) closes.
This week starts a period of rapid cellular development for your little baby. Lots of important things are happening inside your baby. The stomach, intestines and lungs are forming and blood vessels are on its way. Throughout the remaining months your baby's brain will develop over 100 billion neurons.
The placenta is rapidly developing, yet it will not take over hormone production until about the 12th week.
The baby's intestines are actually growing outside of it's body within the umbilical cord.
Remember: this is an extremely important development period for your baby. The baby is subject to factors that can interfere with development. Most malformations occur during this critical time.
Is it a Boy, or is it a Girl?
It's still too early to find out, but you'll know in the next several weeks!