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Pregnancy - Week Six: Mad-Eyed And Moody
In A Sour Mood?
Week 6 Of Pregnancy
Pregnancy - Week Six: Mad-Eyed And Moody
The symptoms of early pregnancy might have you feeling grumpy, especially if you are dealing with fatigue and nausea. However, you may be cranky one day and cheerful the next day because of the hormones flowing through your body. Take it easy, if you are lucky enough to be able to take naps during the day then do so. If not, get to bed early and get as much rest as you can. You can fight midday fatigue with a little exercise too. Invest in an under-the-desk pedal exerciser to keep your circulation moving and to keep yourself awake at work. You can ease some of the symptoms of morning (noon and night) sickness, by eating several small-portioned meals a day, drinking a lot of water, and forgoing the greasy foods.
Inside Your Body:
That tiny life inside of you, that’s wreaking so much havoc on your body, is barely a fifth of an inch big and barely looks human. Your baby is beginning to develop ears, mouth, and a nose, and that little hand that will grasp your fingers are just starting out too! The umbilical cord is developing, and the little heart is beating about as twice as fast as yours is. If you aren’t already embarrassed by the morning sickness, the gas and bloating may have you feeling uncomfortable. Gas and bloating are caused by the hormone progesterone, which is more abundant in your body because you are pregnant. It causes your muscles to relax which in turn causes digestion to slow down and causes the bloating and gas. Cutting back on carbonated beverages, foods that cause gas, like beans, broccoli, and cauliflower, as well as whole grains, can help with the gas.
Things To Think About:
You may be planning to give birth with your ob/gyn at a local hospital, but if you are looking for another doctor or different options with birth, this is the time to think about it. Now is the best time to interview other obstetricians, or consider having a midwife and meeting with one locally. You can check out hospital birthing centers or think about having a homebirth. Birth is a perfectly natural part of life and if you are having a low-risk pregnancy, then you may want to think of having a midwife attend your birth. If you are more comfortable with having a birth in a hospital setting, many hospitals have nurse midwives who assist women during labor and pregnancy. If the idea of having a baby in the comfort of your own home appeals to you, think about having a homebirth. It’s best to meet with many different options and ask them questions about their philosophy on birthing. You’re the one giving birth, they are there to assist you, so if you’re not comfortable with someone, find something else that you are comfortable with.
Before going for your first prenatal visit, talk with your friends and family, research online, and read books on the care you will be getting for the next nine months. Have questions ready for your obstetrician or midwife. Find out what will happen if your pregnancy turns out to be high-risk, what will happen if there is an emergency, and what will happen when you have a perfectly healthy birth. Something else to think about; at six weeks, spotting can be common as your body adjusts to hormones and a new baby, however, if deep red blood is coming out or it’s heavy, call your doctor immediately. The first trimester is when your chances of having a miscarriage are at the highest. Take care of yourself!
Note From Me
-Note from the author-
By the time six weeks rolled around I knew I was pregnant. I didn’t have morning sickness but I was tired and gassy! I watched what I ate and it lessened but it’s not fun when you’re taking omega 3 fish oil vitamins, and all you can do is expel fishy tasting burps. Ew. It definitely didn’t help with the crankiness but I told myself that it was for the baby and that got me through it but I understand where you’re coming from and so do hundreds of pregnant women!