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Your Pregnancy at Week 6

This week, your baby is as big as a sweet pea.

Explore your pregnancy at Week 6

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The following information was reviewed by Dr. Cheng Ka Ning, Katherine

At A Glance


Baby's head and limbs are forming

Your baby continues to develop rapidly this week. Many major body parts including your baby's head and limbs, are taking shape. Eyes, ear canals and a nose will form over a few weeks. 

Frequent urination

Frequent urination is one of the symptoms of pregnancy, especially in the early stages. In the 6th week of pregnancy, the concentration of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the body increases, which accelerates the blood circulation near the pelvis. The effect is compounded by the growing fetus pressing on your bladder. Fortunately, as the uterus rises into the abdominal cavity in the second trimester, this pressure is usually relieved. 

Morning sickness, heartburn and indigestion

Heartburn is an unfortunate side-effect of pregnancy that can last until the baby is born. It can be managed by reducing acidic food like citrus and tomato, as well as greasy and spicy food.  

Baby Development at 6 Weeks


Physical development 

The baby still looks a little like a tadpole, only now the head is beginning to become visible and tiny limbs are beginning to develop.



Your baby's heart starts beating as early as week 5, and during this week, you might be able to see that little heart flickering on an ultrasound. 

Your Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 6

Larger, firmer, more sensitive breasts 

You read that right! Your breasts will become bigger at this time, and the nipples will be more protruding than usual. That's because the body is preparing for breastfeeding, and the darkening of the areola will help your baby latch on more easily. 


Being pregnant requires a lot of energy, so it's normal to become tired. Women in the early stages of pregnancy are particularly prone to fatigue so it's important to listen to the needs of the body more and rest when you are tired. However, it is equally important to maintain some exercise as this will help the body release endorphins, improve mood, and help you sleep soundly.

Bloating and farting 

Far from being embarrassing, this is completely normal. Rising levels of progesterone in the body relaxes the smooth muscles in the digestive tract, slowing digestion leading to bloating and increased need to fart.

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Advice from OT&P Obstetricians

Don't force yourself when you feel tired or uncomfortable in early pregnancy. Resting will help lead to a healthy pregnancy. In weeks 4 to 8 of pregnancy, you should consider making your first prenatal appointment with your  obstetrician or midwife. It is best to make an appointment for antenatal check-up as soon as possible after confirming pregnancy. Effective monitoring of your pregnancy will maximise chances of viability.  

It is worth noting that the risk of miscarriage is higher when you are 4 to 15 weeks pregnant. If you find any abnormal symptoms, you should make an appointment with a doctor for examination immediately.

Tips for 6 Weeks Pregnant

  • Balanced diet  
  • Watch out for urinary tract infections 
  • Get into the habit of exercising 
  • Preparing for first antenatal visit and midwifery services 



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