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6 weeks pregnant

When you are 6 weeks pregnant, morning sickness can take hold and you may begin to experience some other uncomfortable symptoms like tiredness and emotional fatigue.

Week-by-week stages of pregnancy: week 6

Your embryo will be going through lots of exciting developments around week six of pregnancy. They have now doubled in size to around 6mm long and is for the first time visible to the naked eye. They have a definitive head and tail and now looks more like the well known ‘comma’ shape.  Their arms and then legs are beginning to form in buds. Also beginning to develop are their liver, brain and musculoskeletal system.

You may continue to experience some uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms at 6 weeks, including morning sickness and other pregnancy niggles and discomforts. In this first trimester it is usual to feel tired and some times emotional as a result of all the changes going on in your body and the changes to come in your life. Read more about emotions during pregnancy.

Now you are 6 weeks pregnant it’s time to think about contacting your midwife. Your midwife is your first point of contact with the maternity services when you are pregnant. To find a midwife you may need to contact your GP surgery, or your local health board or primary care trust, but there is no need to see a GP unless you have a medical problem. Once you have contacted your midwife they will arrange your booking-in appointment.

The booking-in appointment is the first antenatal check of your pregnancy, in which you will meet a midwife who will carry out some health checks and talk you through your options for giving birth. This is normally booked in for between 10 and 13 weeks depending on the maternity services where you live.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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