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PREGNANCY WEEK 6: The First Heartbeat

What Is Your Baby Up To This Week?

In week 6, the embryo is starting to sprout its limbs.

The baby’s heart is not yet fully developed but has already started to beat.

By this week, the embryo would look more like a croissant than an egg.

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The baby’s features are starting to take shape although still very vague and look nothing like a human yet.

Morning Sickness and Mood Swings.

You will start to get morning sickness, headaches, sore breasts, and fatigue.

You can also observe the increase in mood swings and the need to urinate.

Change of appetite may also be one of the symptoms that you may experience.

These symptoms are common but not necessarily will happen to you because every woman is different and so does their pregnancy.

More Folic Acid To Prevent Neural Tube Defects.

It is a good idea to increase your Vitamin B9 intake during this week.

Taking Vitamin B9 or also known as folic acid during this time can aid the development of the baby’s neural tube.

The embryo’s neural tube needs to be closed so that its brain and spinal cord can form perfectly without any defects.

Common neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly and most of the time, these defects took place during the early stages of pregnancy.

Apart from beans, lentils, and legumes, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and arugula also have good amount of folate or folic acid.

Avocado and eggs are also good source of folic acid.

We have a recipe that you can try:

Bring out your inner Cinderella

and get cleaning!

As your baby grows, your body will go through changes that may cause it to be more sensitive than before.

While practicing good hygiene is a must not only during pregnancy, it is also good to make sure that your environment is clean too.

Wash your hands regularly and keep a hand sanitizer close.

Some diseases such as Group B streptococcus, Fifth Disease, cytomegalovirus, and chickenpox can cause birth defects and complications.

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