Updated 08 October 2018

Week 6: 34 weeks to go!

This is a busy week for your little one, so make sure that you take extra care of your health.

Your foetus is a busy bee this week.

Your baby's progress:

  • The embryo is now about 10mm long and looks more like a tadpole than a human being. This is a busy week for the embryo:
  • The ears, nostrils and eyes begin to form, as well as an opening for the mouth.
  • The nostrils become distinct.
  • The heart (no bigger than a grain of salt) is beating and dividing into chambers.
  • Other organs are developing.
  • The neural tube will close.
  • The nervous system is functioning.
  • Upper and lower limb buds begin to sprout.
  • Intestines are developing.

Your progress:

  • You start to feel nauseous, or have food cravings.
  • You may find that you develop a sudden dislike for foods previously enjoyed.
  • You may also suffer from dizziness and irritability.

What to do:

  • As this is a critical time in your baby’s development, make sure that you look after your health. Avoid all substances that could be harmful to the baby. See your doctor if you haven’t done so yet. 
  • Read up about common concerns and tips on how to deal with nausea.

Good to know:

  • Stop exercising if you experience excessive shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, severe dizziness, abdominal pain (particularly in the back or pubic area), severe pelvic girdle pain, headache, and/or calf pain or swelling.

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